I was good at working to deadlines.
Responsible for the analysis of four sets of accounts, I had to get my figures in to Head Office within a certain timeframe.
We worked to a schedule, some of the reports necessary weren’t available for the first few days of the month, but once they were, it was all systems go.
I loved my job. Number crunching at its best, taking figures and splitting them out, making sure they still balanced at the end.
Monthly reports were straightforward, and we had extra ones for the quarter. Luckily a lot of the preparation could be done beforehand, so it was easy to keep to the specified deadline.
Year End saw a series of smaller, but no less important, reports, and our schedule plan ran into two pages rather than just one.
One year, Easter happened not only over a month-end but a quarter-end, and Head Office gave us no concession for the UK Bank Holidays. Everyone in the department worked Good Friday and Easter Monday, and were given double TOIL (time off in lieu) to be taken at our manager’s discretion after the reports were in. We all had our extra 4 days, some taken singly, some taken together, over the next few months.
Best bit was being TOIL, it wasn’t taxable, but overtime would have been.
In six years, I never missed a deadline once.
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