A simple Excel timesheet for tracking work hours (free download)

This sample Excel timesheet demonstrates the techniques discussed in the article How to build a simple timesheet in Excel 2016. You can use it as is or customize it to fit your needs.

From the article:

Building a one-size-fits-all timesheet is next to impossible. Still, certain principles and features are present in most timekeeping applications. In this article, I’ll show you a simple construct for tracking hours for a single workweek. It’s flexible enough to use as a template from week to week and year to year. If a single week isn’t adequate, you can adapt the sheet to biweekly or even monthly.

In our example timesheet, Monday is the first day of each workweek. Overtime hours accrue daily after eight hours because it’s the easiest to accommodate in a simple structure. You can easily tweak the sheet to suit your needs, since it probably won’t be exactly what you need.

1: Determine your needs
When preparing a template for distribution, you need to consider the following issues:

  • How to validate input to eliminate typos and other invalid data.
  • How users will access the template. You can distribute it or allow them to access the sheet via a browser or web-based application. This article doesn’t extend beyond a local or server file.
  • How to protect the template from misuse.
  • How to secure confidential information, such as social security numbers, if required. Our example doesn’t contain any confidential data, so this step isn’t necessary.

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