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As my regular readers are aware, I’ve speculated on how the Pandemic has slowed down my projects and my life. That got me asking something – is there a way to calculate how much time is lost due to the pandemic? Of course I had to try.
Let’s go through my thought processes – it might help you as well.
So first, I decided to calculate time lost in hours. Because I’m that over-organized and like fine detail.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The calculations below already account for how different needs interfere with each other. In other words, this is real loss due to stress/time/etc. not just available time shifting around.
First, I went to my projects. I track my projects pretty closely, and I found I’ve functioned at 80-90% efficiency for about a year. A few quick calculations and I found that my overall projects – from writing to home improvement – got delayed or took extra time. That was about 5 hours a week, to my surprise – disconnected from everything else.
Secondly, I went to regular chores such as shopping and so on. No longer could I or my GF randomly run to the store. We also had to preplan a lot of work, engage in other safety procedures, and so on. This one was shocking as we found this added another two hours of time a week.
(Sometimes online shopping takes longer as you just can’t grab stuff you realize you need or do it on the way home from work).
Finally, seeing now and then I notice we’d just crash more than usual. That was intermittent, but usually turned out to be about four hours a week.
Note this also didn’t worry about saving time due to not commuting. That was not as big as I thought – only about three hours a week. Car pooling saved me more time than realized because I could just sit and work on stuff.
So all together I realized I’m losing eight hours a week in the pandemic from stress, from things taking longer, from not being able to double-up on chores. In one year I’ll have lost over 400 hours – this is due to things taking longer, extra unexpected tasks, stress, and schedule changes.
It really does feel like I need a two month vacation.
So anyway there’s an invite to you – how much time have you lost?