Stay Out of Excel Hell: 7 Tips for Working with Spreadsheets

Anyone who regularly works with spreadsheets knows the anguish of screwing up said spreadsheets.

It usually goes like this. You’re powering through – filtering, sorting, formulating – until you notice that one row of data looks off. After frantically checking a few more rows, it hits you. Something went wrong in your manipulations, and now you need to start from scratch.

Maybe.

Spreadsheets are great, but they have also destroyed many a nonprofit worker’s day. Fortunately, we can do things to reduce the chance of this happening…and keep calm when it inevitably does.

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⏲️ 1min Spreadsheet Hack: PROPER-ly Format Those Cells!

For any of you who work with spreadsheets too, you know those things can cost us lots of time! So I’m experimenting and sharing a few of the must-know tips via video.

For the first video in this series, check out how you can quickly format names, addresses, and organizations to have the proper capitalization!

My team doesn’t know what I do.

I sort of got in trouble at work recently.

Don’t worry – nothing actually offensive took place on my part. My job isn’t in jeopardy, I’m not on probation, or anything like that! But I had an exchange with one of my directors, and as far as I’m concerned, I’ve definitely made a mistake in my role. Let’s dive in.

Anyone who manages a database knows that the job has it’s less-than-glamorous moments. Not that anyone would call this work glamorous…which is precisely why I love it.

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5 Great Reasons to Document Your Work

If you won the lottery and left your job tomorrow, could your org pick up where you left off?

If you’re thinking NOPE, then this one’s for you. Let’s get into it.

When we talk about doing mission-driven work, we hardly ever talk about documenting it al. That’s cause when you’re already so busy, this can be a drag! Documentation is the grunt work of event-planning with all the thrill of watching paint dry.

Writing this post, I was skeptical this would even make for an interesting topic.

But we can’t just ignore this topic! Drudgery aside, documentation is key to how we make a lasting impact at work. Plus I’m in documentation purgatory right now. …so I can personally attest, this task is so worth your while to do early. 😇

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