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12 September 2017
How much time do you have?

Almost Half the British Adults Feel They Have ‘Very Limited’ Free Time for Themselves

Here at RedBox Recruitment, we love a good survey. It opens ours eyes to how people are feeling about certain subjects and also gets us thinking. The latest survey conducted by ElectricTobacconist.co.uk, found that 43% of full or part time workers feel they have very little time to themselves during the week. We can totally get on board with that, especially with family or loved ones at home waiting, it can put the pressure on.

The survey asked 1,000 UK adults that revealed the following:

  • 1 in 3 (38%) – who confess that they suffer stress as a result of lack of time
  • 1 in 10 (11%) report that their busy schedules have even impacted their health.

Work-life balance is a tricky one to master especially with a demanding job and a busy schedule outside of work too. Household chores – such as cleaning, tidying and doing laundry – most commonly (39%) used up precious time. Not all of us can afford cleaners unfortunately. Following house work was caring for children with 32% of respondents were working parents.

Pascal Culverhouse, founder and CEO at ElectricTobacconist.co.uk, commented:

“Clearly, free time is seriously limited for many adults in 2017, and this is having some pretty negative effects – not only in terms of people’s mental health, but for some it is actually impacting on their general health, which is definitely a concern.”

Overtime at work also crept into the top five of taking up those limited moments of ‘free time’ we had left with 1 in 4 (26%), followed by life admin and cooking.

Culverhouse continued; “Taking time out of your day for yourself is obviously really important – but for some, it can be very difficult to find the time to do so. Those who live with housemates, partners or their families could try to share out tasks like household chores, cooking and paying utility bills or doing the food shopping, to make it equal and free up time outside of work.”

The top 5 time consumers in order were:

  • Household chores – 39%
  • Looking after children – 32%
  • Overtime at work – 26%
  • Personal / life admin – 19%
  • Cooking – 8%

When you think about it, how much time do we actually have for ourselves for much needed R&R? Take time out of your busy schedules to read a good book, watch your favourite movie or listen to your number one song on repeat as your dance around the house. Life is far too short to not enjoy it. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

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