Activities are what the person, system, process is doing at the instant of observation. We want to keep the activity list as short as possible since the more activities the more observations needed to get the same accuracy.

One way is to start with an empty list and write the activities down as observed. Another way is to start with one of the templates below (already loaded by ISampler on your iPhone). Edit the list until it is as short as possible but covers the activities that you want to study.

A great idea is that you can increase the detail when you are studing specific areas (such as a study of just waiting time where you list activities like waiting for a crane, waiting for an electrician, etc.) but keep it more general for general studies.

Examples of Activity Templates

Maintenance template
Activity Work Category
Working with tools Direct work
Removing or replacing parts or materialsDirect work
Receiving instructionsIndirect work
Obtaining tools, parts, and materialsIndirect work
Travel to and from job sitesIndirect work
Coordinating DelaysIndirect work
Idle at job siteIndirect work
Late starts and early quitsIndirect work
Authorized breaks and reliefIndirect work
Excessive personal timeIndirect work
Other direct workDirect work
Other indirect workIndirect work
Warehouse template
Activity Work Category
Load/Unload truckDirect work
StageDirect work
PullDirect work
Pack/PalletizeDirect work
TransportDirect work
Testing & InspectionDirect work
ReworkDirect work
Other direct workDirect work
Walk/check materialsIndirect work
CommunicationIndirect work
Paperwork/ComputerIndirect work
Unpack/RepackIndirect work
Clean - upIndirect work
Drive/walk emptyIndirect work
Waiting timeIndirect work
Scheduled BreakIndirect work
Personal TimeIndirect work
Other indirect workIndirect work
Nurse template
Activity Work Category
Admission/AssessmentDirect work
Administration of medication/IV therapyDirect work
HygieneDirect work
Specialized proceduresDirect work
Specimen collecting/testingDirect work
Transporting patientsDirect work
Patient/family interactionDirect work
Patient nutrition/eliminationDirect work
Patient mobilityDirect work
Assisting with proceduresDirect work
Verbal report and handoverIndirect work
Room/Equipment set-upIndirect work
Medication/IV preparationIndirect work
Progress/Discharge notesIndirect work
Rounds and team meetingsIndirect work
Communication of informationIndirect work
Data entry and retrievalIndirect work
Interaction with other departments or agenciesIndirect work
Educational activitiesIndirect work
Checking and restocking suppliesIndirect work
Errands off unitIndirect work
Meetings and administrationIndirect work
Clerical dutiesIndirect work
Environmental cleaningIndirect work
Personal timeIndirect work