I thought history was boring when I was in middle school. Seemingly pointless numbers and facts to be memorized. I was bored by every historical event save one - The Civil War. I had read a historical fiction novel about a Civil War spy and because of it - the Civil War became fascinating. The Civil War wasn’t about generals and dates and war strategies, it was about that spy for me. I had read his (fictional) thoughts. I put myself in his place. I started thinking about what the war strategies meant for me. I thought about how it must have felt to know and care about people on both sides.
More recently, I read Unbroken and it changed the way I thought about WWII. I had already been broken for those who experienced great atrocities at the hands of the Nazis. But the actual war wasn’t all that interesting to me. Though both of my grandfathers had fought in WWII, I didn’t have any specific stories from them. When I read Unbroken, I felt it. I understood. I cried. WWII wasn’t about dates and bombs. It was about people. People fighting, abused, tortured, killed, loved, cared for, restored, broken and unbroken.
The things that are boring to you are boring for a reason. It's because you have not yet connected emotion to it. It’s incredibly hard for me to connect emotion to numbers. Unless I see that those numbers tell something more. And so, here is how you make bookkeeping less boring -
to make bookkeeping less boring, make it more personal.
Instead of inputting your receipts with a machine-like mind - connect faces, stories, people to the numbers.
- What did that expense go to? Who did it serve?
- Did it supply resources to help your employees feel cared for and supported by you in their work?
- What was that investment in? Who was blessed by it?
- How are your products better from this investment?
- Who was this income from? How did we bless this client?
I started enjoying bookkeeping because all those numbers meant something to me. They were connected to decisions, faces and stories. Your bookkeeping doesn’t have to be boring. It simply depends on connecting the stories to it.