I think a lot of game mechanics unfortunately boil down to "X is boring" eventually... I considered adding a feature like that but it seemed as though it would really just push the challenge of optimization off to some other boring task (i.e. skimming your cursor back and forth across the screen).
Anyway if counting is boring just don't count. Take a risk. >:) That's what i do 90% of the time, I just count when I really need to know, and I think it's a lot more fun that way.