Metric sheet used for Dashboard not updating correctly

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I have been using this feature for a while now and I have been relying on refreshing the metric sheet manually but I think there should be a better way to have this done.

I have two issues - one is with a countdown formula where I am using the Today function. Unless I open this sheet, the formula does not get updated automatically making my dashboard metric stale and not valuable. Any thoughts?

Second issue is that I am using a metric sheet to count my projects from another sheet. I find this metric constantly adding 10 more empty rows in the calculation that I have setup for blank cell status. And my formula is written in such way that it was not accounting the 10 rows but it is still showing up these.

=COUNTIFS({Sheet 1 Range 3}, "") - 10

Any idea how to make this process more streamlined?

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