The last three days at work have been a test of my time management skills and a little bit of my patience - but we made it to Thursday and hopefully the downhill slope of my busy week!
Many of you don’t know what I do for a job and sometimes I’m okay with that. Because if you knew you’d think I’m a nerd and maybe a little crazy.
I work for a sports and fitness company in Portland, OR
any guesses? and my title is “business analyst”.
Simply put, that means that each and every day I’m living in Excel spreadsheets. I run reports, I look at numbers, I use complex formulas, I create macros to manipulate data with the ultimate goal of making the numbers to pop off of the page as a “story”. A “story” I can share with cross-functional business partners to help propose business decisions and drive a conversation.
Hate me yet for how geeky I am? Even that paragraph annoys me.
The thing is that I love this kind of stuff. Sure I go cross-eyed over spreadsheets just like the rest of you do, but I’ve got a bit of a knack for making numbers mean something to anyone. Fortunately it’s natural to me and I happen to enjoy the work I do. I get the “flow” when I’ve got my headphones over both ears and my fingers are flying across the keyboard with pivots, calculations and “storytelling”.
The first three business days of every month are the most challenging as my primary reporting responsibility is to set the shipping goal forecast for how many shoes I expect to ship in the upcoming calendar month for the entire country. It’s a science to put together the math projection (in millions) for units and dollars I’m expecting over the next 30 days, but the really fun part is my opportunity to sit in front of some important people and share the “story” I’ve come up with.
I feel valued, I feel trusted, I feel like an expert, I feel respected, I feel intelligent and I feel confident when I’m given this opportunity and I know that I’m kind of a nerd because of it.
Wait, then what do I do for the rest of the month?
I track my progress against this goal and get involved in other high-visibility, high-fun projects that keep me pretty busy!
Be jealous, I dare you!