I Am Excited For Monday

Today I am not going on holiday. It is not my birthday. I have not won anything. I am not attending a special event. Today I am going back to work, as usual, after the normal weekend off. So why am I excited? Well, I had a very busy week last week, a lot to do Read More

The Death Of The Desktop Is A Tragedy

Something you often notice in modern workplaces is that a lot of people are working from laptops, even when they have a desk and never move it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, portability is inherently useful and more easily allows remote working after all. Remote working is the way to go! But when you have Read More

ARIMA Modeling – Homebrew Edition

ARIMA modeling has felt like a bit of a nemesis since I was first exposed to it. Figuring out what settings to use with it has been my main challenge. The ACF and PACF plots are supposed to help here, but you have to learn to read them somewhat. There is an auto.arima option, which tests Read More

This Excel Guy Is An Analyst

It is not uncommon for me to compare my last job with this one and feel grateful for what I’m doing now. Today I found myself there again. Recently I’ve been tracking my working time on Toggl, not everything but close enough. Today, all my time spent working on the report came to less than an Read More

Some Quick Tips For Success With Power Query

PowerQuery is an amazing addition to Excel. It can transform entire columns of data in a couple of clicks. It can unpivot monthly trackers, instantly normalising the data. You can use it to stitch multiple csv/txt files together just by pointing it at a folder. And it can read, import and transform any sheets or tables Read More

Get Away From The Desk!

Every work day I take my lunch and go to the local park. While not everybody may have the luxury of a park near their workplace, everyone does have the luxury of at least one scheduled break time a day. So many times I’ve seen people sitting at their desk with their lunches, scrolling on their Read More

Never Back Down!… Is Not Great Advice

Tonight at 8pm the Nanodegree course I enrolled on, Predictive Analytics for Business, finally opens. You would think I would be writing about that tonight, but no. Even though I am pretty excited (and a little intimidated) by it, I have something else in mind. Failure! Again! Over the last couple of weeks I have spent Read More

Your Career Is Made Up Of Life And Business Skills

One of my hopes for this blog, and generally the content I share here, is that it may help others who find themselves somewhere on the same path as I am. That may be where they’ve learned enough Excel to be able to list it as one of their skills, and they want to know where Read More

Finance For Non-finance Professionals: Day 2

Last night again I didn’t make time for a post because I was again focusing on quizzes and studying. This time, however, I was working on my weak points first and then carefully reviewing the capstone case content before I proceeded with the quiz. And it paid off some! Last night achieved 50% vs the previous Read More

Catching Up To Plans From My Past Self

Last night I didn’t make time to write a post because I was completing a bunch of quizzes for the course, Finance for Non-finance Professionals. It’s an interesting course, interesting enough that in October a past version of myself paid to enroll on the course in the hopes of earning a certificate.