How much time do I spend on my actual web developer job?
I’ve spent the last three months picking random normal working days and noting the amount of time I would spend on different tasks.
Why did I do this?
I wasn’t always getting as much as I wanted out of my working days and I wanted to find out if I was doing something especially wrong.
As it turns out I need to optimise my time spent on communicating with clients.
What did I get out of this?
Although these numbers are not accurate since I timed myself and scribbled the results here and there on any piece of paper I could find on my desk, it still gave me a vague idea on the time consuming tasks. Those areas are the ones where I need more efficiency.
Results of the study *
Over three months I picked 10 days and took note of the time spent on recurrent tasks.
- 59% Web development
This includes coding, creating graphics, layouts, wireframes, etc.
- 24% Emails and phone calls with clients
- 9% Reading web stuff and tech news
- 5% Training
- 3% Accounting
I realise all these tasks are essential to what I do and I can already think of cutting down to 2% the accounting since the more familiar I will get with those procedures, the faster I will be. But that won’t make a huge impact on my daily workload.
I definitely need to find a more efficient way to communicate with my clients.
Delivering quotes and explaining projects in detail is where I am wasting most of my time. It’s also where I get the chance to give clients the attention they need though.
Not replying emails is not an option, I can picture the phone call a week later:
Client: “Are you dead?”
Me: “Yes, but I’ll be back next Monday.”
An assistant is not an option, can’t afford it. Plus I’m not sure I would go there before I feel I have optimise my way of working, don’t really want to pass on my bad habits and then blame them for the mess! I want to be the good boss when it comes to it.
Write and speak faster… Joking.
I can reserve only certain times of the day to the communication bit and reduce disruptions to the web development work to a minimum.
Yes, that’s probably what I will be doing.
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* This is not a scientific nor serious statistic study, it was only made by myself for myself and I doubt it has any scientific value at all, so draw your own conclusions.