I was practicing data visualization to teach my digital media students, and I created a simple pie chart about how I spend my day. I thought it would be interesting to share and see what your pie chart would look like. (I pasted the actual numbers below. The percentages are interesting though for perspective. These numbers are averages as they can vary day-to-day.)
On the pie chart it looks like I spend an inordinate amount of time sleeping. I estimated seven hours at night. I have been trying to get eight because then I drink less caffeine. But lately I’ve been lucky to get six hours. The homework with kids number is closer to four some nights, and generally I am working with more than one child at a time. (By helping I mean helping them organize what all they need to get done, checking on their progress, assisting with information if needed and then quizzing them for tests the next day. This is mostly spent with Walsh. His school is crazy hard.)
|Activities||Time in hours|
|Getting kids ready for school||1.5|
|Getting kids home from school||1|
|Doing homework with kids||3|
|Taking kids places||2|
I am trying to exercise four days a week an hour a day so I put that in at .5 hours each day. The hanging out is usually an hour at night with Michael and then maybe an hour throughout the day. Clearly I need to spend more time on cleaning. Although within the cooking number is some kitchen cleaning.
So what do you think: How would your numbers break down? What do you spend the most time on? How much driving around kids are you doing? How much homework are you helping with? How much are you sleeping? Where would you like to re-allocate time to?