The mean workday is 6.77 hrs, the median is 8 hrs, the mode is 8 hrs. But the first thing to notice is that this is for ALL 31 days of the month, including weekends. In that graph, every day under 6 hrs was work done on a weekend - with the exception of 4 hrs of work on Holiday Monday.
Since no one works EVERY day (even I have two days at zero), we equalize. Wipe out the eight Sunday/Saturday data. The month is left with 22 "working" days (23 if you include the holiday). The mean is now 9 hrs, the median is 8.5 hrs, and the mode, well, still 8 hrs. Except there's now 12 hours of work unaccounted for, so we put that back in... and the mean "work day" rolls up to 9.55 hrs. (If you're wondering what counts as "work", I'll refer you back to the rules in the post that started this venture.)
That actually feels slightly LOW as an average, when you take into account:
1) I have a tendency to short change myself when rounding off to the half hour.
2) The days were all pretty typical, with a 4 hr day balancing a 12 hr day. The true "skewness" of a teaching distribution is better seen around report card time, with lots of high impact days.
Also, again, this is me. Newer teachers may have to work more, people who get to teach the same course twice in a day may be able to work less. I have NO idea what's typical. Feel free to speak up and tell me I'm a slacker, or a workaholic.
Now, it was suggested previously that I break things down by day, to seek patterns. Good idea. As May had more "Wed/Thurs/Fri" days, I'll take the individual daily totals and divide by either 4 or 5.
Monday is a bit lower, but again remember there was a holiday in May, when I worked but did no teaching. Observations:
1) Tuesday seems to be my powerhouse day; I start to trail off towards the end of the week.
2) I *SEVERELY* overestimate the amount of work that I can accomplish on weekends. Again, possible personal bias in that weekend work tends to involve multitasking, so I invariably chop my times in half... but seeing this makes me feel like, heck with it, I should just stay later during the week.
Given how the month ran to a total of 210 hours worked, I next became curious how much time I actually slept in May. If we assume 7 hrs a night for 31 days, that's 217 hours. Which is probably low - there are some weekends I sleep in - but if we add in my commuting time (20+ mins twice a weekday), one could probably say I'm involved with work/teaching just as much as I am sleeping.
The "Social Media" wedge there is for 1.5 hrs daily, on average, which might also be low. I also publish a mathematical web serial, which sucks a couple hours out of me per week, but I suspect is even less than the commute, so would be in "Other". As is stuff like "meals", "lawn care" or "doing the dishes".
WHAT ABOUT APRIL?
Okay, just for kicks, here's the numbers for the last 2.5 weeks of April: 165.5 hrs worked. Mean 8.7 hrs, Median 9.5 hrs, many modes (4, 7, 11.5, 14.5). But that's across 19 days. So, equalizing again to only "working" days gives (ready for this?) a mean of 12.75 hrs per day. Because of report cards and the school play alongside everything else. But I wasn't recording yet during the first part of that month, so it's kind of artificial.
Now, June only has the report cards, no play, so these last three weeks should be a piece of cake or something, yeah? .... Oh wait. Exams.
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