In my last blog post, Structure Vs Flexibility, I talked about the trials and tribulations of a freelancer and someone commented this:
“If you really want to quantify how much time you’re working, then buy a small spiral notebook that will fit in your purse and take it with you everywhere you go. Jot down start and end times throughout the day of various activities you engage in with a brief description of what you did, and at the end of each day or week (whichever is easier for you), tally those times to see what you’re actually doing and how long it’s taking you to do it.”
And so I took their advice! Thank you jamieverse! A few things to point out before we look at the results and declare that it is 100% accurate and all my weeks are like this and this is definitely how many hours I work a week EVERY week.
- I started on a Friday and it finishes yesterday, a Tuesday, so there’s 1.5 weeks worth of “data”.
- In a normal 9-5 job you get a lunch hour that you’re still getting paid for. Whenever I ate lunch/took a long break I didn’t count this towards my total hours.
- I did not count travel time.
- I did not count the time it takes me to get ready even though I will spend most of the day in my pyjamas and only shower, put clothes on and do my hair & makeup if I’m filming a video. Maybe I should count that…
First of all you may notice some “secret project” stuff. It’s exciting but up in the air so can’t talk about it even though I really really want to! Another thing that stands out to me is that I worked almost 9 hours on Saturday. But the 2.5 hours of filming a collab in the evening was with Calum and we were drinking. This is where work/pleasure lines are definitely blurred.
Again, working weekends. Also I was ill on Friday and Sunday and every other day. Days that I’m doing work I’m just ignoring the fact I’m ill and working through it and then Friday and Sunday I broke. I’m actually still a little bit broken but resting today before going to Toronto tomorrow for Buffer Festival! I really don’t want to be ill when I’m travelling. If you’re confused by what ‘Dating Awards’ is, I am actually a judge for the UK Dating Awards so I’ve got to do all the researching and judging!
And that leads us up until today! If you’re curious today I’ve done emails, more Dating Awards work and writing this blog post. Then I’ve got a meeting and then I’m going to pack for Toronto. Does packing count as ‘work’?
If my calculations are correct I worked 69 hours and 10 minutes between Friday 9th October and Tuesday 20th October. That is an average of 5 hours 45 minutes a day (if we worked 7 day weeks). If you compress it into a 5 day week I’ve actually worked 8 hours 5 minutes a day. Woah, I literally just did the calculation before typing that and I wasn’t expecting it to be so close to a classic 9-5 job. So to everyone who says I don’t have a ‘real’ job, I work just as hard as you!
Well this was a fun experiment, I don’t know if I’ll continue documenting it but let me know what you think in the comments!