Who knew renovating a house would take so much time? Everyone who has done it before, I guess, because they told me!
Did I listen? kind of. I’m not doing the hard labour myself; I am actually trying to build a business that doesn’t really revolve around home improvement. But it turns out there is much more to renovating than the manual labour. I kind of knew that too… The kitchen plan had already been ready in my mind for a long time. We will reuse most of the furniture, so that was also already decided on. However I hadn’t spent much thought on what material the bathroom ceiling should be, where exactly the electrical outlet should be, how many lamps there would be over the kitchen counter, how many cm the moulding should be or that it takes 8 weeks to get doors and floors delivered.
This year I have spent at least 33,75 hours!
How do I know? I have finally started tracking my hours properly using Harvest. It is not totally under my skin yet, but it’s getting easier and easier. This is why I wrote “at least”, because sometimes I have simply forgotten all about it and how are you supposed to track those hours where you can’t fall asleep because “What material really is best for those bathroom floors?!?!?”.
I’m tracking work I do for Appelsin, work I do for clients through bGraphic and also non-billable bGraphic stuff. In addition I have decided to track the time I spend on renovating to get a more complete picture of what I spend my time on. I’m also thinking of putting exercise in there; it kind of feel like work to me.
What do use to track your hours and which activities do you track?
The house I’m renovation is my family’s farm house on the west coast of Sweden. It will be available as a holiday rental this summer, if you are interested in renting or following the renovation process like Näs Gård on Facebook.