Office Time, the makers of time tracking software, do an annual survey about how working people kill or waste time. Recently, they filtered those results to pull out the stats for freelancers. Here’s how it broke out for activities a freelancer spends at least one hour on each day.
How they perceive the way they spend time
63% believe they don’t waste more time freelancing than they did when they worked for someone else.
77% say they waste time because of feeling stressed, while practically the same amount report “feeling inspired” and “other activities are more fun than real work” are key reasons for wasting time each day. Obviously they were able to cite more than one reason for wasting time.
82% track time because it provides better invoicing and revenue.
43% say Tuesday is their most productive day, while 47% say Friday is their least productive day.
How they kill time
Surfing the Net: 47%
Watching TV: 42%
Procrastination (our one and only non-activity activity): 33%
Non-business related conversations: 24%
I’m not sure what to make of this – it certainly doesn’t fit my working day and the working day of writers I know.
Oh sure, I’ve been known to play solitaire, particularly if I’m waiting for the computer to do something. And I have been captured by a novel and read it during “working” hours occasionally. There are a few non-business friends who call me during the day, but not every day and we generally don’t talk long.
Because I track my time I’m sure I don’t waste as much time as I did when I was in an office and my response when I’m bored with a piece of writing is to get it done so I can move on to something else more interesting.
My hunch is if they would survey freelance writers who make a good living at their trade they’d find a whole different set of stats.
What do you say? Do you relate to these numbers? Do you know how you waste time? And how often?