Okay, so I said I would make a post about how I spend my time, so all y'all can see that I'm not really as busy as you think, and so I can figure out maybe where I might be more productive. (Yeah, I know... during all the TV time.)
Anyway, since I don't really have a schedule and I pretty much do what I want when I want, here's how my average day might break down...
6:00am - wake up
6-6:15 - bathroom, making coffee, turning on computers, brushing teeth, etc.
6:15-8:00 - surfing the blogosphere and Facebook, reading the news, query stuff
8-9:30 - 1-3 times a week calling Mom, otherwise further internet fun and this is when I do more agent research and sending queries.
9:30-10:30 - not quite sure what I do here...
10:30 - eat lunch while watching TV
10:30 - 6:30 pm - watch TV and read. Sometimes during this stretch, I go outside and fart around with yardwork or woodsmanship.
4:30-5:30 - somewhere in here I make dinner and we eat
6:30 - 9:00 - on a good day, I write in this space. On not-so-good days, I watch more TV and read.
9-10:00 - If I've been writing, I usually stop here and go watch TV and read. If I haven't... well, you know.
9:00-10:00 - I go to bed somewhere in here. Usually about 9:30, but if there's something good on, I'll stay up until ten. If not, and I'm tired, I go to bed at nine.
Other things that can crop up during this schedule are: grocery shopping/errands (which I do in the morning and which usually takes me about 2 hours), cleaning (sporadic at best and again takes me about 2 hours), walks (taken in the afternoon for about an hour), making breakfast (hey, there's something I do between 9:30 and 10:30 - but not every day), baking (again, not every day - but it usually takes about an hour).
In two and half hours of good writing, I can crank out around 3000 words. And if it's a good book, I can read it in one or two sittings. So you see why I seem like I'm being all productive writing-wise and zipping through the books at an ungodly rate, and why I still think I'm a slug.
Yeah, this exercise didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know. That huge chunk of time in the afternoons is where I could increase my productivity. Man, if I had half the drive of some people I know, I could've cured male pattern baldness by now. Or written several more books. Or had a spotless house.
Have you ever done this figuring out where your time is going thing? What's your biggest time wasting activity? How could you be more productive?