Ever forget what your salary was three years ago? Ever need to look up your landlord's phone number from that college apartment forever ago? How about your blood type or birth weight?
These are all bits of personal information that can prove useful, or at least interesting, more than just once. Before I built a system for this problem, all of this info was scattered across old leases, birth certificates, emails, and memories. There was no surefire way of getting to this info quickly - until I made this master spreadsheet of all my personal statistics. Over the course of a year, I kept finding and adding data until things started feeling complete. It will always remain an evolving document, but I thought I should share this handy tool with you.
The image above shows the basic layout of the document. Groups of data types with the data itself right next to it. The beauty of Google Spreadsheets is that you can insert Notes into each cell. In my Past Jobs cell, I have a note that reveals all of my past employers, including dates of work, wage/salary, boss names, roles, and reason for leaving. Under the Salary cell, I have a note that shows every salary I've had for the last five years with a date showing when that salary started.
Having all this data at your fingertips becomes extremely valuable immediately.
To get started using this template, I have made a viewable Google Spreadsheet that you should be able to view and make your own copy of. If you're old school, you can check out this Excel Sheet and have at it from there.
All of the stats in the template are fictional and do not resemble any real person.