# How Do I Calculate Workload?

by Scott Damon; Updated September 26, 2017A businesses may use many measures to calculate its financial picture. One such tool is called "workload," which helps businesses estimate how long it will take to perform a task.

### Tasks

Tasks that must be accomplished to ensure success are broken into three categories: daily, detail and project. A daily task is taking out the trash, while a detail project might include reviewing a contract. A project task occurs with even less frequency, like spring window cleaning.

### Time

Time refers to how long it takes to perform a given task. Experienced managers can estimate the average amount it takes to complete a task based on experience.

### Frequency

Frequency the amount of times a task must be performed throughout the year. For example, taking out the garbage would have a value of 365 if the trash was removed each day. Spring window cleaning would have a value of 1 because it is only performed once a year.

### Equation

The equation for calculating workload is: Task x Time x Frequency = Workload. Therefore, if the task of taking out the trash required one hour, the equation would read: Trash x 1 hour x 365 = 365 hours. It would take 365 workload hours to perform that task in a year.