I’ve had video calls for 71 hours this year. A friend had 900+ hours.
And I’ve talked to 28 people. My friend talked to 800+.
My longest call was 1 hour (that’s actually not bad!).
And I only had family calls during the weekends. At least this is what my Google Calendar is telling me.
I used YourCalendarLife.com to put together the stats (a site my team built, that doesn’t save your personal data, does everything in browser, so your privacy is protected).
My friend that tried the site had 900+ hours of calls. 900!!!. With 800+ people!!!
Of course, my numbers above are not the full picture, since some calls (with my sister, with my mom and my father, for example), were not on the calendar. But still, that’s a lot of calls.
This year was weird for me. As I’m sure it was for everybody. One of the things that happened was that I started to use video calls a lot more than I used to. Especially in the last few months of the year, as I started to look more into starting a new business. When I started MavenHut, a lot of the people that you wanted to talk to (potential partners, investor, whatever), would want to see you in person. Not in 2020, of course.
And, if in my MavenHut years, the most common call was 45-60 minutes, my most common call in 2020 was 30 minutes. It seems that people realized that you can say in 30 minutes what you used to say in 1h.
But the biggest change was using more video calls for personal connections. Friends, family. We used to see each other so much, but all of a sudden they were too far away. I live in a different country now and travel was not really an option, as you probably now. So when I had a VIDEO call with my mom, who doesn’t care about technology, I could confidently say: something’s different in 2020.
How was my year, then? Well, I can see that I genuinely started to have a lot more calls in October of 2020. Not because I necessarily had more calls, but because I put more in my calendar. I actually expected December to have more calls the October, but I forgot how everything stops after the 20th of December. Even in a year where people are not really meeting and traveling.
Finally, I now know who I talked to the most. In group calls and 1on1, as well. A good friend is on the top, since he’s been helping me with starting the business, as well. But the most interesting for me is the people I stopped communicating with: people that kinda fell through the cracks. People I would’ve loved to keep in touch, but life happens. At least this way I will remember to tell them “Happy New Year!” :)
If you want to check out how your year looks like, go here: YourCalendarLife.com. Again, we don’t save your personal data. We don’t see your emails. You’re safe from us.