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Excel is a powerful business tool.

What tasks come to mind when you think of the program Excel? Lists, databases, a way to keep track of customers information? Excel is good for these things, but so much more! I have done some research recently on the differences between Excel and Access. This has remained somewhat of a mystery to me over the years, because I have chosen not to try to learn Access. Excel has done the trick for me so far. But now comes the time when I need to tackle this task – time to stretch my brain a little more. I thought I’d share what the differences are between Excel and Access. Here is an article I found giving an explanation between the two:
Microsoft produces two different products—Access and Excel—that many people use interchangeably. However, each has its own purpose and one may be better for your needs than the other. While both cost the same, they are vastly different. Knowing those differences can help you pick the right one for your needs.
The most important difference between Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel is the purpose. Access is a relational database management system, while Excel is a spreadsheet. Access manages large amounts of data, and Excel does math.
Both Access and Excel may be purchased separately. If you want to buy an Office package from Microsoft, Excel is available in the Home, Student and Professional packages, while Access is included only in Professional.
Relational Data
If you need to create relationships between your data, Access is the only choice. Because it uses only flat files, Excel has limited functionality and cannot make the connections that Access can.
Ease of Use
Excel is more user-friendly and intuitive than Access, with a GUI that resembles Word, a commonly used program.
Excel can only handle up to 15,000 records. Access is meant to handle thousands of records, all related through multiple tables.
Access is meant to create calculated queries, making connections based through a “wizard” or through user programming. Excel does not have the ability to do so, although it can create charts, graphs and pivot tables.
Excel is meant to handle numerical data and run equations. Access is capable of doing so, but that is not meant to be its main function.

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I will be posting some of the fun, flexible and powerful things you can accomplish using Excel.  It is a great tool for home or business.   If you don’t want to miss any useful tips, be sure to subscribe to my blog.  Thanks for stopping by and reading.  Until next time…Cindy

I don’t take my own advice!

We all have a million things running through our heads – aspirations, dreams, frustration, goals. But usually that’s where they stay, right? Sometimes we make a ‘to do’ list or write down our goals, but that is the end of it. We are usually our own worst enemies – I sometimes defeat myself before I even start. I don’t have the know how, the money, the ambition… But then I catch myself giving advice to my teenage children that I should be taking myself! So I thought I would go through a few of the points I spout to my children, but have a hard time following myself.

Taking on the boring stuff

My 15 year old son hates school.  Says it’s a waste of time, it’s boring.  I’ve tried to explain to him that in the real world, life is not exciting.  As an adult, we do not get to sit around and play computer and video games all day long.  He says that he will do things he doesn’t like if he’s getting paid.  I ask him if he doesn’t ever do anything just for the satisfaction of a job well done.  Life is not exciting – it consists of everyday jobs and duties that we all need to get done, boring or not.  Things I struggle with include filing the papers that come into the house on a regular basis.  It’s much easier to make a paper pile.  House cleaning is not up as high on my list as it used to be.  I figure the dirt and dust will be there tomorrow.  I tell Jeremy that we all have things to do that we don’t enjoy, but still, they need to be done.

Don’t put off til tomorrow what you can do today

I love the old sayings, but my kids probably hate them.  ‘Business before pleasure’ is my favorite quote and my kids hear it often.  How many of us put off what we don’t want to do until the last minute?  What does that accomplish though – it just makes the task even more stressful. 

Break down that big task

My youngest is not very good at breaking down large tasks.  But I must admit I’m not always the best at that either!  How much easier would our lives be if we just took an impending assignment, chore or task and broke it down into smaller pieces.  It wouldn’t seem to be such an insurmountable chore then would it? 

I guess the moral of the story is that when we procrastinate, ponder and put things off, we just make things tougher on ourselves.  Tackle life head on, and do the things that are the last things you want to do first.  Move the difficult things up to the top of your ‘to do’ list and you will be pleasantly surprised at the relief you feel when you have checked them off of your ‘to do’ list. 

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