Diary registration

The basic principles

The diary forms a basis for the central measurement instrument of time-use studies. The registration happened through registering an activity every 10 minutes.This meant that the respondents had to tell their activity every ten minutes in their own words. 

Besides the activities and (possible) secondary activities, the respondents had to note the place, the (possible) transportation method, and with whom they conducted the activities. All these questions were answered for all the registered activities during one weekday and one weekend day. A specific example of a diary can be consulted on the following link.

List of activities

The respondents had to describe their activities with their own words. Hereafter they their activities were coded according to a detailed list of activities. In 1999 and 2005 the detailed activities were different than in 2013. To be able to provide a clearer view on the time spent, the activities were classified in 31 subcategories which were further divided into 10 main categories. 

These categories are:

  1. Work
  2. Household work
  3. Childcare
  4. Personal care
  5. Sleep & rest
  6. Education
  7. Social participation
  8. Free time
  9. Travel
  10. Other

To illustrate the categorisation, the order of work activities is as follows:

  1. Work

         1.1 Working at the workplace, at home …

         1.2 Time at the workplace without working

         1.3 Time connected to unemployment, such as looking for a job

All subcategories include detailed activities under these secondary categories. This way for example 1.1 (Working at the workplace, at home ...) includes the following subcategories: 'Normal work', 'Paid overtime', 'Work in a position without paid overtime', etc. A list of all categories and subcategories can be found via this link. For the moment the tables on the website do not include any of the third level activities.