week-end report, week 37, 2012

Taking my shot at describing, capturing for future, further access, what I learned this week—whether I really understood it, or not.

week 37, 2012
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[1] it's not just data entry

Bookkeeping is not just data entry. That's part of it. A big part of the day-to-day of it. Every piece of every transaction needs to be entered, recorded in your books. And if it's not done correctly, completely and consistently, it won't be useful to you.

Data entry is just data entry when the input is more of the same same same day after day after day. Completely defined, consistently executed. That's not true for most businesses.

Is it true for yours?

How much time do you spend on exceptions? 

How easy is it for you to explain what you do? How easy is it for your staff, co-workers & managers?

What do they do all day? I mean could someone else step in and do it if they needed a day off or left the company suddenly? What are the details of the work they do?

And, what's the value of it?

That's the story that your books, when everything is entered, will tell.

[2] looking at a screen all day is tiring

Take breaks. Do eye exercises. Stop to eat lunch.

[3] you don't necessarily have my attention

Nor do I yours. Even though I'm looking at you, we just said hello, and my hands and ears are free of phones, no screens between us, I am not at my desk and you are not at yours. That's a start. That's good. Still, we don't necessarily have each other's attention.

It takes a few minutes (at least!) for me to turn my inner attention outward, to actually listen to you and what you're saying than to interact with what your saying means to me and my inner conversations.

Sometimes, I don't turn my attention to you at all. It's not intentional. I don't even know that I'm not doing it.

How about you? Can you hear what I'm talking about?

scaffolding city, shot 71

scaffolding city, shot 71