Typical close period days for me: Is mainly one of receiving and pulling information from various sources, ie, Oracle AR/GL and/or the Business Technology Team. This information is then reviewed and journalized accordingly before being sent to the Accounting Manager or Director for posting. (Most International Account entries go to the Director for posting). This is any where from a four to six day process. During this time BS accounts are previewed for any discrepancies that could range from unexpected entries or intermittent entries by the Finance Team.
What I've learned is that as an individual, I can accomplish a lot, but as a team member a lot more can be accomplished in a shorter time. This is why I am a strong team player. I enjoy assisting the other Accountants and my manager on occasion.
The hardest part of any day is if there is a glich of some sort with the computer system or programs and process is halted. On the other hand, I most love it when my Accounts are reconciled with no variances; however, I am most thrilled when I analyze and locate these variances down to an immaterial amount.