Spreadsheets – Confessions of An Excel Addict

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Recently I have been doing a challenge with one of my Spark Teams. The San Antonio Team to be specific.

Uhmmm … for those of you that know me, and know I am NOT from the San Antonio area, and are wondering why I am part of that team … errr … I have no idea. They are nice. Or I tricked them into accepting me in as their mascot. Take your pick.

Nevertheless, I am part of one of their team challenges.

Now, in this challenge we do things during the week that earns us points. Exercise … nutrition … interacting with other team members … they all win you points.

Now, lest you think I am point obsessed or uber competitive … I’m not. I don’t care about winning. I don’t care about racking up the most points. Heck, I don’t even care about racking up any points. But what I do like? I like joining in. Participating. Having someone read my inane writings on the team forums haha.

But another thing I like?



As in, tracking the points. Who cares if it’s 1 point or 2 points or ZERO points! I want to track it!!!

So I set up my trusty Excel Spreadsheet. I made formulas. I summed things up. I made the cells on one of the sheet tab reference the cell tabs on another sheet. I was in spreadsheet heaven!

I don’t know why, but I really, Really, REALLY love using spreadsheets.

(Digression – when wifey and I makes “To Do” lists, I rank them.

Rank them in terms of importance.

And … I assign “efficiency points” to them.

What are “efficiency points” you ask? Well …

There’s a lot of theoretical hocus pocus involved, but basically, there are limits to efficiency. There is also something called “theoretical efficiency.” In reality, we can’t even get to 100% total theoretical efficiency… sooo … in my spreadsheet I have these awesomely complex formulas to adjust for this. I color code things. I use pivot tables. I take into account things like the earth’s gravitational pull and scenario’s only the most elitist of minds can appreciate. (Like me, Stephen Hawking, and perhaps that goofy science teacher in the Simpsons.) Heck, I might have even coded in something about crystals or magnets…who knows!

What I do know is that my spreadsheet is a thing of pure magnificence. It is soooo awesome and complicated that even I don’t understand it!

Wifey once wanted to check it to see why it was that the efficiency points on her tasks seemed sooo much more stringent than mine. I just looked at her and said hey, if she didn’t want to believe the math and science behind it then it was not my fault. Go take her flat earth theories somewhere else!

The point is …


Anyway, I had better end this digression … so … End Digression)

I do want to end this rambly blog post by saying, …

It’s not whether you win or lose …

It’s how you play the game.

Play on team members … play on.

Go teams Armani and Chanel!

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    Excel = heroin.

    Nuff said.
    1516 days ago
    I do like a good spreadsheet. I'm not too big a fan on complex mathing in the cells, I like to see the steps. Excel can do that for me a way a calculator never could. Whee.

    1516 days ago
    i understand your data compulsion. i took over organizing the PR boards for my gym for the same reason :)
    1516 days ago
    Spreadsheet dunce, here...NOT a numbers guy as a rule...sometimes SHOULD be, but ah well...kudos to your enthusiasm and contribution to our SparkFamily!

    Thx for stopping by my SparkPage...swing was good, it's always good. Guys greatly outnumbered gals however so had to PUSH myself to speak up and get a partner, loll!

    1517 days ago
    I do love me some Excel. Except for that time when we first bought the house and I did one to show what the principle vs interest was out of our payments.

    abort abort

    Just send the money and think of the tax deduction.
    1518 days ago
  • SBEAR5
    Bahahahaha! My hubby loves spreadsheets too. He even made on to keep track of something on one of his video games.... it was at that time, I asked him how in the heck he got me. LOL

    HOWEVER... there are growing on me. I've had the same spreadsheet for several years now where I track my weight and measurments. AND... I just made one for the DESIGN challenge. Similar to one I made for the SPICE challenge a few years ago. It has all my teammembers usernames, real namse and a links to their pages. That way it's easy for me to visit everyone's page! YOU'RE WELCOME! LOL
    1518 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/20/2013 8:56:26 AM
    Spreadsheets = BEST THINGS EVER! :D
    1518 days ago
    Okay, I WAS wondering why you are on the San Antonio team (it is a great city, awesome riverwalk). And wifey's lower efficiency points are hilarious. I wonder how spreadsheet building compares to garage-shelf building in efficiency? (Gasp! Did she really go there?)
    Enjoy your spreadsheets.
    1518 days ago
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