When people receive my analyst or investor presentations and they see a few years of P&L data entered manually one-by-one, they always ask me whether after all these years I have not found a more efficient way to do it. I have not.

While I punch in the numbers manually (which takes about 15 minutes by the way), I can do a lot of things in parallel:
  • Round up numbers
  • Shorten labels
  • Collapse labels and combine rows
  • Check whether everything adds up
A data table is worth that extra attention, instead of an Excel data dump, you get a visual that makes sense.