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Last blog post I mentioned how I was going to track my activity through each school day for a week, well, I managed to do it and have produced a spreadsheet and pie chart to accompany it and make sense of it all.
The resulting pie chart is here ....
For a full picture of what the different categories include, the full file is here ... Activity Logs Look for 'Statistics of log' - a PDF file. I have also included on that wiki page the template I used and how the finished log looked - I chose to write notes about what the activity was for my own interest, but I also think it gives a bit more meat to the types of activities. The notations meant that I had to re-enter the times on another spreadsheet, but that didn't take very long.
We had a major problem to sort out with regard to student printing issues this week, and looking back, the negotiations dealing with this took up a large part of the time as did the upcoming camp I am involved in. However, what was pleasing in the week was the times of "teaching" and "working with students" combined was greater than any other category - over 25% and this was a quiet week for this activity.
I thought the time to complete the log would be intrusive and overwhelming, but I found it manageable as long as I had it open on my computer all day, and entered the data as soon as possible. I would also revisit it at the end of each day to make sure it was complete. The times are closest to how long it took - probably a little bit more generous than actual, but then I usually tend to underestimate how long something does or should take to complete, and need to consider movement to and from places as well.
The activity was worthwhile doing, I am going to do another one next week to get a bigger picture, and may extend it to the end of the term. I also created a template with our library assistants. I did not get their results at the end of Friday, so we will look at it as a team on Monday at our fortnightly meeting to see where their time is being spent.
I am going to pass these documents onto my line manager for his interest and education of how I spend my days.
I recommend you have a go - the template I have provided is in word format so you can download it and modify it to your own needs. Thanks again to Scott for inspiring me to have a go!
PS. Since posting I have realised there is nothing about sitting around reading books all day ....