4 Google Spreadsheet Templates for Better Decision Making

Here are four helpful Google spreadsheet templates to help you capture ideas, organize thoughts, rank criteria, and make informed decisions.

“What really has the spreadsheet users charmed is not the hard and fast figures but the “what if” factor: the ability to create scenarios, explore hypothetical developments, try out different options.”

A Spreadsheet Way of Knowledge

Spreadsheets are infinitely useful for quantitative analysis: crunching numbers and modeling financial scenarios.

But spreadsheets are also powerful tools for emotional, qualitative analysis.

A spreadsheet is like a butterfly net for capturing unruly ideas. Once those ideas are laid out in the clean grid of a spreadsheet, they can be systematically arranged, ranked, and evaluated.

Here are a few helpful spreadsheets to help you capture ideas and make informed decisions.

“$100 Test” for Ranking Group Priorities

This free Google spreadsheet allows groups of people to rank and assign value to a list of competing priorities by spending an imaginary $100 across categories.

Spreadsheet for Ranking Group Decisions

Eisenhower Matrix Spreadsheet

The Eisenhower Matrix (or Eisenhower Box or Principal) is a very simple tool for eliminating busy work and making decisions based on what’s truly important.

Eisenhower Matrix Spreadsheet

A Heat Map for Decision Making

Here’s a free visual Heat Map for Google Sheets for individuals or groups to rank a list of competing priorities and discover alignment.

A Heat Map for Decision Making

A Decision Making Framework in Google Sheets

Here’s a simple and useful Google Sheets-based framework for scoring criteria to help make informed decisions from the folks at Spreadsheet Solving.

Decision Making Framework

The problem with spreadsheets is they have been primarily marketed as a solution for number crunchers and techies. That’s too bad, because my best spreadsheets have no formulas … and some don’t even contain a single number.

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