As a paralegal, I am required to bill my time. That is, a description of whatever task I perform must be written down, along with the amount of time it took me to complete that task. So that, in turn, the client can be billed by the law firm for the services performed on his/her behalf.
So for the past 10 years (!), while at work, I've been living my life in 6 minute increments:
.1 = 6 minutes
.5 = 30 minutes
1.0 = 1 hour
You get my drift.
My new job? (That starts on Monday. Ack!) I DON'T HAVE TO BILL MY TIME! This is huDge, people. Keeping track of my billable hours has become second nature to me, but it seems like it will be so...freeing...to NOT have to record every little thing I do!
So in memoriam, here's a little spoof on my paralegal timesheets. Instead, I offer you my billing for an 8-hour day in the Trenches, from the time Hubby leaves for work until he returns in the evening. I'm certain that you all will be able to relate!
HYGIENE, which includes:
TOTAL= .7 (Why are my boyz so...leaky?)
MEAL PREPARATION & SERVICE, which includes:
TOTAL=2.0 (Here in the Trenches, meals are equivalent to feeding time at the zoo. After the animals haven't been fed for a week. Or two. It's that messy. And chaotic.)
CLEANING, which includes:
Scrubbing gook off kitchen floor
Assorted picking up
TOTAL=2.5 (This total could easily be much higher. I feel like I spend my entire day with either a sponge in my hand or a buttload of toys in my arms.)
LAUNDRY, which includes:
TOTAL=1.0 (Frigging laundry.)
REFEREEING, which includes:
Breaking up fights
Administering and following through with time-outs
Making sure all portions distributed perfectly equally
TOTAL=.8 (Seems like much longer though.)
ADMINISTRATIVE (ie., non-billable time), which includes:
Answering/making various phone calls
Peeling off nail polish
Sneaking leftover (albeit stale) Halloween candy
TOTAL=1.0 (Ok, maybe its a leeetle more than than, but for the sake of the math working out, an hour it is.)
The kicker? My old law firm
pimped billed me out at a rate of $150 per hour! Hmmm...do ya think I could present Hubby with an invoice for my services rendered in the Trenches?
Cross-posted at New England Mamas.