I've gotten very busy these last few months. Apologies to those of you I haven't been spent as much time with as you would like! I feel a little silly putting down so much detail, but I'm getting a lot of disbelief that I don't have more time, so...
You would have to be away from home working 20 hours a day if you only worked weekdays from an office to get the same amount of work done as I do, assuming:
- 40 minutes of round-trip drive time to and from work, eating breakfast in the car
- Two meetings/week
- Getting ready each morning (I'm at the computer within 30 seconds most mornings)
- Standard breaks
- 30 minutes for dinner
Frustratingly, most of the people I have outsourced to haven't worked out, from coders to virtual assistants.
Nevertheless, some family and friends still figure I must take breaks or spend time on miscellaneous stuff; basically that I have more free time than I realize. Actually, no, I don't. Here are the non-work things I do each week, using time-tracking software to indicate about how much time these take me each week:
- I don't own a TV, but once a week I do watch one show over the internet or go out to see a movie (1.5 hours).
- A little more than every other week Sarah and I go out for something else, sometimes just me going on errands with her, or to visit family (2 hours).
- I browse the internet for miscellaneous stuff or general news headlines about 20 minutes a day, much, much, much less than I used to (2.5 hours).
- I do a small number of miscellaneous things a month—like this blog post (1.75 hours).
- I exercise about 20 minutes/day away from the computer (2.5 hours) and some at the computer. I eat one meal a day away from the computer with Sarah so we can talk more (4.5 hours).
- Sarah and I also talk a very little bit during the day about non-work things (2.5 hours).
- I do tech support for family and clients a few times a week. (1.25 hours).
- Appointments outside home (2).
- Contemplation breaks (3 hours).
- I sleep about 8 hours, but spend an additional few minutes falling asleep and another 45 minutes reading or talking in bed most evenings (63 hours).
Since I run a 24-hour news service 7 days a week, it's hard to outsource things to people who aren't responsive on a hourly basis, which few can be. But I'm just reaching the point where automation will allow me to hire more folks to do some of my work. This means I can put more attention onto some longer-term projects.