Eliminate the Primary Pain Point of Moving

Maintain a Google Sheet of all your accounts to make moving or changing billing info painless

Mike Bracco
Jun 9, 2018 · 2 min read

I’ve moved nine times in my life. According to the U.S Census Bureau, the average American moves 11.7 times in their life.

Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

A few moves ago, I got frustrated with the process of updating my mailing and billing info. There were always accounts I missed. As a result, I created a Google Sheet to solve the problem:

Google Sheet Columns

  1. Status (Active or Inactive)
  2. Account Name
  3. Change Required (Billing Info, Physical Address, Both or N/A)
  4. Notes
  5. Updated? (Yes or No)

Notes:

  • Inactive Status: Inactive accounts stay in document to reduce the cognitive overhead of having to remember to remove accounts or wonder if I have all accounts documented.
  • N/A for Change Required: Where billing info is handled via third party, such as PayPal.

🏠 No longer is a move transition dragged out for months by piecemeal billing failure notices. I can simply sit down at my computer for an one hour and knock it out.

💳 This document also comes in handy when billing info has changed without a move (such as a compromised credit card).

📆 I have a recurring monthly task to add or update accounts (if I happen to forget to do so when starting a new account).

Mike Bracco

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