Excel notebook - 2 page design/review

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Karl - this very quick (less than 1 hour?) project is just for you (no other bidder's asked) and is a little left field but I need an expert's input.

Alongside the Excel beginner's guide, I was thinking of another type of publication:

It's a paper based notepad for Excel pros to keep all their initial thinking / scribbles / ideas for more complex forumlas in one place.

I have created a very rough draft of a notepad (2 pages shown in attached PDF) for those people who use Excel in their job and need to document (shock, horror!) their thoughts/analysis/calculations behind some of the more complicated formulas they work on. If made into a 100 page note pad with the 2 page spread - a total of 50 formulas could be listed.

I would put a blank index at the front of the notepad for the user to record the names/page number of each formula in the index so they can quickly refer to the correct page for each formula. This notepad then becomes their own library of formulas etc.

It is geared to those people who use Excel a lot - not really for beginners.

Your thoughts ....
- Is it a totally mad idea? I don't expect everyone to go "Wow!" but there are those of us who begin with paper and finish on screen - this is for us! It allows users to write all their Excel thoughts in one place for quick & easy reference.
- Assuming it is not completely a mad idea and at least worth testing, what fields would you find useful on a page? For instance I've included:
- an area to list formulas used in the calculations
- a place to describe what the formula is trying to achieve (there have been times I've looked at some of my (simple) Excel work and thought "what on earth was I thinking then?!
- worksheet & file name fields
- date
- Is a page of graph paper useful - I find it can help structure my thoughts better than just a regular lined notepad.

I would appreciate it if you could spend a bit of time thinking through what I'm trying to achieve and how it can be improved based on your experience and those experiences of your peers.

I hope you can take a look at this in the next week or so.

Any questions, let me know!

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