Shortly after I posted the first analysis of my time, I realized that my hours per day calculation were kind of off, since I was counting 7 day weeks, and I basically never work on Sundays.  As I am redoing the calculations, I see that I must have been doing something strange to try get the days to line up correctly - ie. I restart the worklog in the middle of a day usually, and so I must have tried to move some hours to the previous month, rather than reporting the same day twice, but as far as I can tell, I can't do arithmetic correctly.  So, here are the revised numbers: 

November: 7.6 hours/day
December: 6.6 hours/day
January: 6.6 hours/day
February: 6.9 hours/day

And for the breakdown of the February numbers,

Non-Lime Daley Computer time:

  • Blogs: 3.1%
  • Facebook: 0.5%
  • Checking email/miscellaneous: 27.8%
  • Real estate searching: 9.3%
Lime Daley computer and phone time:
  • Coding for LifeType, bug reports, forum help: 4.7%
  • Lime Daley maintenance, improvements, sales: 14.4%
  • Clients who pay me by the hour: 37.0%
  • Emails/Requests from web hosting clients (support included in hosting cost): 3.1%

My analysis for this month says that I am spending too much time on email, so I think I will work on that for next month, I wonder how much I can change it just by thinking about it a little bit.

Posted by Jon Daley on March 4, 2008, 11:58 am | Read 14967 times
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I found a blog by a guy who has lots of ways to reduce time wastage, and his suggestions on e-mail are great (though I never got a personal assistant).

Posted by Laedelas on March 4, 2008, 4:52 pm

I actually have read that guy before. I don't think it would really work for me to not check email as much as he recommends, as one of the features that people like about Lime Daley is how fast they get responses to their questions.

Now actually reading the article you linked to - I see the recommendations about a personal assistant. That would work, but you'd have to pay for a personal assistant, and since I read much faster than any person I could hire (my mom probably wouldn't want the job, being one of the few faster readers than myself, though I think she reads slower on email than paper).

This guy mentions multiple assistants, so he is a different league than the rest of us, I think.

Posted by jondaley on March 4, 2008, 5:05 pm

Try to take time to meditate,too. I have learned to handle silence better now in my life after giving up TV and radio for Lent. Now I even savor this new found friend! What do you think of silence? Are you comfortable with no noise? I talk about what I did with more time in silence, in time without TV or radio at Would love to have you tell me about how you feel about silence by voting in my poll, too.

Posted by peoplepowergranny on March 5, 2008, 11:20 pm

Ha! Thanks for putting the blog link into my comment. If I could remember HTML better, I would have...I didn't feel like looking it up again :-P Some of his suggestions do seem like they're for people of a "different league."

Posted by Laedelas on March 6, 2008, 6:28 am

Heather and I were just talking along a similar vein the other day. Let's see, if I were to give up TV and radio for Lent, I would save.... uh, 0 minutes of my day.

Maybe I should start watching TV, so then I could save some time by giving it up occasionally. :)

Posted by jondaley on March 6, 2008, 3:13 pm

And, "you're welcome" for editing your post - I figured the three line HTML link wasn't going to be visited by many people (and maybe not even myself, if I didn't change it).

Posted by jondaley on March 6, 2008, 3:33 pm

I figured out an easier (and more accurate) way to analyze the time, so I ran the numbers yesterday as an average of all the time going back to November:

Paid computer time:
Per hour work: 23 hours/week
Maintaining Lime Daley: 9 hours/week

Unpaid computer time:
Email/blogs/real estate/etc: 14 hours/week
LifeType: 2.5 hours/week

So, I think it definitely is the right thing to get more webhosting customers, particularly larger customers, though even the smaller ones are alright. I would guess that the time spent on the website has gotten lower over time, even as I have gotten new customers.

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Posted by Stephan on June 7, 2009, 3:52 pm

Hrm. I was trying to decide if the spammer was getting smarter by using a username from someone else on the site, but no, our family now has a spammer in it...

My favorite spammer quote (besides the fake one that combines all spams into one, e.g. --- never mind, I tried to write it out some of it by memory, but it wasn't very funny, so spent the time to look it up in my "jokes" folder (I used to get a lot of jokes via email, and I saved the best ones: 449 over the course of ten years - I just went back through a number of them, and laughed a lot...)

Here's the original:
I know this guy whose neighbor, a young man, was home recovering from having been served a rat in his bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. So anyway, one day he went to sleep and when he awoke he was in his bathtub and it was full of ice and he was sore all over. When he got out of the tub he realized that HIS KIDNEYS HAD BEEN STOLEN and he saw a note on his mirror that said "Call 911!" But he was afraid to use his phone because it was connected to his computer, and there was a virus on his computer that would destroy his hard drive if he opened an e-mail entitled "Join the crew!" He knew it wasn't a hoax because he himself was a computer programmer who was working on software to save us from Armageddon when the year 2000 rolls around. His program will prevent a global disaster in which all the computers get together and distribute the $600 Neiman-Marcus cookie recipe under the leadership of Bill Gates. (It's true -- I read it all last week in a mass e-mail from BILL GATES HIMSELF, who was also promising me a free Disney World vacation and $5,000 if I would forward the e-mail to everyone I know.) The poor man then tried to call 911 from a pay phone to report his missing kidneys, but reaching into the coin-return slot he got jabbed with an HIV-infected needle around which was wrapped a note that said, "Welcome to the world of AIDS." Luckily he was only a few blocks from the hospital -- the one where that little boy who is dying of cancer is, the one whose last wish is for everyone in the world to send him an e-mail and the American Cancer Society has agreed to pay him a nickel for every e-mail he receives. I sent him two e-mails and one of them was a bunch of x's and o's in the shape of an angel (if you get it and forward it to 20 people you will have good luck but 10 people you will only have OK luck and if you send it to less than 10 people you will have BAD LUCK FOR SEVEN YEARS). So anyway the poor guy tried to drive himself to the hospital, but on the way he noticed another car driving along without its lights on. To be helpful, he flashed his lights at him and was promptly shot as part of a gang initiation.

Posted by jondaley on June 7, 2009, 7:21 pm

Oh, I forgot to put in my favorite quote from a spam:

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Posted by jondaley on June 7, 2009, 7:22 pm

heh - I couldn't remember if I actually saw that in a spam, or if someone forwarded it, but I searched on the internet for "killer mini site" "a steady stream", and found current web sites advertising $6 bills, so I guess people really do it...

Posted by jondaley on June 7, 2009, 7:24 pm

Honestly, I'd rather have the couple million mentos than $6 bills - at least the mentos have some real worth, and promise endless fun with diet coke.

Posted by Stephan on June 8, 2009, 12:40 am
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