I am NOT this far gone. On the other hand, some of the issues described sound more than a little familiar...
Over the years I have become wholly dependant upon Microsoft Excel. Not only do I believe that Excel is the single most important tool for the professional CPA, I think that my brain now thinks like an Excel worksheet. I know this sounds weird, but often I picture an Excel-like grid in my mind while envisioning data, reports, and decision options. My cerebral cortex even seems to mimic Excel’s pivot-table like characteristics as I juggle information in pursuit of potential solutions. This phenomenon transcends my business life and affects my personal life as well. Simple questions such as “where shall we go on vacation?”; “what movie would you like to see?”; or “what do you want for dinner?” result in a grid-like listing complete with A-B-C ratings and, sometimes, even cost estimates. If the data is too much for my mind to handle, I find myself gravitating towards the computer where I can lay it all out on my “thinking grid”.
By. J. Carlton Collins, CPA
Confessions of an Excel Junkie