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April 29, 2013

# #1205: Is It Worth the Time?

How long can you work on making a routine task more efficient before you’re spending more time than you save? (Across five years)

[[A table, with the columns labeled “how often you do the task” and the rows labeled “how much time you shave off”.

The column headings are, from left to right, “50

day”, “5

day”, “daily”, “weekly”, “monthly”, and “yearly”.

The row headings are, from top to bottom, “1 second”, “5 seconds”, “30 seconds”, “1 minute”, “5 minutes”, “30 minutes”, “1 hour”, “6 hours”, and “1 day”.

Row values (“how long you can work”) are as follows (heading, then values):

1 second: 1 day, 2 hours, 30 minutes, 4 minutes, 1 minute, 5 seconds.

5 seconds: 5 days, 12 hours, 2 hours, 21 minutes, 5 minutes, 25 seconds.

30 seconds: 4 weeks, 3 days, 12 hours, 2 hours, 30 minutes, 2 minutes.

1 minute: 8 weeks, 6 days, 1 day, 4 hours, 1 hour, 5 minutes.

5 minutes: 9 months, 4 weeks, 6 days, 21 hours, 5 hours, 25 minutes.

30 minutes: n

a, 6 months, 5 weeks, 5 days, 1 day, 2 hours.

1 hour: n

a, 10 months, 2 months, 10 days, 2 days, 5 hours.

6 hours: n

a, n

a, n

a, 2 months, 2 weeks, 1 day.

1 day: n

a, n

a, n

a, n

a, 8 weeks, 5 days.]]