How much of your time at work is actually devoted to working?
I will shamefully admit that I waste a pretty significant amount of time at work. I will define "waste" as any clocked-in time that is not directly related to my assigned projects. It's hard for me to say, but I think I would break down my use of work time thus:
- 65% - full-on work time.
- 20% - non or partially-related research (reading development articles, stackexchange, etc.)
- 13% - complete waste (going to the bathroom, walking around, chatting, reading gamefaqs, etc.)
- 2% - work on other projects (worst offender).
I would posit that some of the wasted time may actually be beneficial. For example, walking around helps me think, chatting helps me relax which in turn helps me code, and a lot of the knowledge I acquire from my research applies directly to my work.
I would also like to point out that management has no problem with either the quality or quantity of my work. In fact, they consider me highly productive.
How would you break down your work time? Do you think my use of time is acceptable, or am I doing something wrong (especially if you are a manager)? What do you think is an acceptable breakdown?