What Do You Do All Day?

We’ve all heard the story of the stereotypical stay-at-home mom — you know, the one where her husband comes home to find toys strewn about the house, dinner preparations barely started, the kids still in their pajamas, and a frazzled wife.

And he says to her: What did you do all day?

But what he really means is, Were you talking on the phone and eating bon-bons while I worked all day?

And suddenly she is contemplating all sorts of creative uses for that cast iron frying pan that’s sitting on the stove waiting to be cleaned.

For the record, my husband has never said that to me.  He knows better. But some days I actually wonder, myself.  What do I do all day?

So I began keeping a time sheet.  I wanted to know how many hours I spend actually working.  (By working, I mean blogging and designing blogs and fielding emails and book keeping and photo editing and twittering/facebooking/skyping and just about anything I do here at the computer that pertains to my blogs or DCR Design.)  For almost two weeks, I’ve been keeping track of every minute I spend working and how much time I spend on each task.  It’s been quite eye opening, and if you work from home, I highly recommend it.

I was actually shocked at how few hours in a week I spend truly working.  I guess when you work from home, and your office hours range from five a.m. to midnight, six or seven days a week, it seems like you’re working all the time, even if you’re not.  But add them up, and you may be surprised.

Not so surprising, but equally eye opening is how much time within those work hours I spend fielding emails and skyping — not designing or writing.  Sure, a lot of it is necessary, but I’m trying to pare it down and be more efficient and intentional about the time I spend working.

All this begs the question: If I’m not clocking full-time working ours, what else do I do all day?  Perhaps I should keep a time sheet for how I spend the rest of my time.

Cooking and laundry and shopping and errands probably take up the bulk of it, and who knows how many hours I’ve spent in doctors’ offices over the past few years between the kids and me.  I think I’ll start adding non-working activities to my time sheet and see what I discover.  My guess is I spend more time fooling around than I realize (or want to admit.)  Probably we all do.

What do YOU do all day?