The Benefits Of My So Called Boring Job
Yeah, you read that right. Just because a job is routine and boring doesn’t mean that you can’t make good use of the time. I like my job as an accountant. It is something that I do very well, and have the patience for. Sure there are long stretches of tedious work but that can be a good thing.
Other kinds of thinking.
In the beginning when I was learning how to do accounting my mind was concentrating on doing accounting. After a while, it became routine, I knew what I was doing. That freed up brain space for other kinds of thinking.
Usually, a client will bring me a larger problem to solve. Things like “our volume of sales will increase, how can we handle that?” Each client has their own strengths and weaknesses, so during the time I am doing the mundane tasks, I’m thinking of all of the different options they have to solve their problem.
Numbers don’t lie.
Either you made money or you didn’t. There is no ambiguity in a number. Once there is an understanding of the numbers, something can be done about it.
I have a client who doesn’t like her profit margin. As I am reviewing financial statements, i’m figuring out the right mix of income and expenses. That usually involves identifying unprofitable clients and getting rid of unnecessary expenses.
Getting to know my clients.
The best part of my boring the job is getting to know my clients and their businesses. It’s really interesting the variety of different personalities that are out there running businesses. A strategy from one client/industry can be used to help another in a different industry. Having that visibility and bringing that knowledge to them makes me feel useful.
Is there a moral to this story? The bottom line of my “boring job” is that in the end, I do my best to help my clients and they appreciate my efforts. I think that is all that I can ask for.