Excel New Year’s Resolutions 2010

NewYears What will you do better in Excel next year? Do you have any Excel bad habits that you’ll break? Are there any Excel skill areas that you’ll improve?
Based on the questions that I see in the Excel newsgroups and forums, lots of people could resolve to do one or more of these things:

  • Save your Excel files every few minutes as you work on them. Jan Karel Pieterse has a terrific (and free) Excel add-in – AutoSafe – that will automate the saves for you, and it’s way better than Excel’s built in autosave feature.
  • Make backup copies of every important Excel file, and update those backups regularly. Yes, something will go wrong eventually, and those backups are lifesavers.
  • Add an instruction sheet to your key Excel files and complex worksheets. Then, if you’re away for a holiday, your co-workers won’t have to call you with frantic questions, or mess things up on their own. Maybe that’s what happened to the banking industry.

My Excel Resolutions

Here are my Excel goals for 2010:

  • Spend a couple of hours each week working with the Excel 2010 beta, and PowerPivot for Excel add-in, so I’m ready to roll when the final version is released.
  • Make better notes when I write and edit code. Sometimes it’s clear what the code is doing, but I can’t remember why I decided to do things a specific way. A few notes could save time and frustration later.
  • Update my Pivot Table add-in so all the features work in Excel 2007. Jon Peltier is planning a series on creating Excel add-ins, so that could give me some ideas for improving my add-in.

Your Excel Goals for 2010

What about you? Do you have an Excel goals for 2010 that you’d like to share?
Making your Excel resolutions public might help you stick to them!