Proficiency with your basic spreadsheet software is an invaluable skill for researchers. I would also argue that spreadsheet software like Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets can be powerful for everyday life. Want to create a budget? Record your fitness tracking? Or simply want to create a place to organize your accounts? These programs are accessible, useful, and can provide you with many insights into whatever it is you want to record. Excel and Sheets are essentially “gateway” programs for anyone interested in recording and manipulating numbers and information.
What I rely on both Excel and Sheets for:
- Contact lists
- Coding for meta-analyses