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Creative by deed

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Re: Creative by deed

Postby Rkcapps » Fri, 25 May 2018 10:21 am

Excellent find!

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Re: Creative by deed

Postby Rath Darkblade » Fri, 25 May 2018 9:17 pm

The author of this article is correct. I work in accounting, a sphere of influence that is not usually judged as very creative.

For the most part, that assumption is correct. On a day to day basis, I have to keep track of thousands of transactions - who owes money, how much, what for, and how long - so when I call up the client, I can tell them why they owe money, and what they can do to pay it. I also keep track of when I call, what was said, and what the resolution was.

That part of the job is fairly humdrum. The creative part is when I use that data to (almost) instantly create tables that tell me, at a glance, how well I'm doing with this task. It tells me, for each client, how much is paid or not paid and the totals. Furthermore, I created a simple tool that tells me - in percentage terms - how well or badly I'm doing.

These tools are indispensable because, at the end of the month, I have to report to management and I can say: "Well, as you can see, I'm doing very well with these clients but not so well with this one - so I'll focus on that one." And so on.

Not only that, but whenever someone pays and I mark it off, my statistics are automatically updated. So it's a good feeling to see my stats gradually getting better, because I can see my hard work is paying off. :)

After work, of course, is when I indulge my writing side or music side (something usually viewed as much more creative). But if I didn't create and develop these tools at work, my job would be infinitely more difficult.
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Re: Creative by deed

Postby AJ Konlucko » Fri, 25 May 2018 10:14 pm

I have developed a spreadsheet where I record my work hours, how many I bill, percentages and if I am above or below what I need to bill weekly.

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