For those of you who know me on Twitter, these are the results of my week long exercise of how I spend my time. I wanted to do this to see how I can fit 16 hrs of study in a week from next year with the OU.
It was a very interesting thing to do and overall, the work life balance, whilst very hectic at certain times, appears to have some leisure as well, variety and balance.
The results are as follows for one week:
Work including travel 35.45 hrs. (30 hrs paid, 5.45 unpaid).
Computer time.( essentially e-mails, Internet and twitter, no flickr or blog). 12.16 hrs.
Housework. 6.04 hrs.
Leisure time( going out, chatting, resting and reading). 18.35 hrs.
TV.( wanted to do a separate log for this) 4.10 hrs.
Phone calls. 3hrs.
Personal grooming 2.10hrs.
Shopping. 1.25 hrs.
Eating and drinking 4 hrs.
Dog walking 4.40 hrs.
Biking 25 mins.
Running 1.25 hrs.
Miscellaneous( car to service) 15 mins.
( meal planning for the week) 30 mins
Driving husband to work 1.15 hrs.
Usual time getting up approx 7am average.
As a result of this, the following has been so far devised to help cut unpaid work, housework and meal preparation.
A new system of work to collect stats each day. I do this now on each visit and not have to duplicate the information. I now am working with no headache of the form to do when I get home. Also being tighter on time and when I go home, not squeezing in one more thing, which can go over to the next day, eg, non-urgent phone calls, or faxes.
End of month mileage returns being collated weekly, not the headache of leaving it all until the end of the month which takes longer.
Daughter now taking up the reins of 2 hrs a week of housework which is now her earned pocket money.
Tidying up at home,as I go along. Eg, phone charger for phone not left, but put back in the draw each day before I leave for work.
Planning the week meals in advance, knowing who is cooking/ doing what and when. Having a shopping list. Shopping is quicker, less waste, so far have saved £40 on a 10 day’s worth of food on last shopping trip.
Planning left-overs meals so cooking time is less.
These are just a few pointers.
I have sat down and taken a typical week and thought when am I going to study? Currently, I have planned one full day off a week and blocks of 2 hrs study at night when working, 3 one night when day off and 4hrs on one day off a week. It still looks pretty exhausting though. Ideally, I need to lose a day of work but I can’t see that happening yet.
Already, I have seen my organisational skills improving, both at work and at home.
That’s a good start.