Can’t find time to enjoy life
HOUSEHOLD chores and answering emails are eating into our leisure time, with young women complaining they are most struggling to find time for themselves.
A new study reveals lack of time is the single biggest detractor of personal wellbeing and almost one in five people are outsourcing daily tasks to claw back the clock.
The research, conducted by the National Australia Bank, shows household chores and responding to emails were the biggest drain on time.
On balance 17 per cent more people were spending time on these tasks compared with a year ago.
NAB behavioural and industry economics head Dean Pearson, who co-authored the report, said: “Australians need to take a closer look at how they are spending their time and where it is being wasted”.
“Every time we have to wait in a queue or are put on hold, stuck in traffic or even have to assemble something we have purchased, we lose time.”
More than 2000 people were surveyed.
On balance 18 per cent of people surveyed were spending less time on holidays than a year ago. Leisure time away from the home such as eating out, going to the movies and attending sporting events also took a hit as did time with friends and even sleeping.
Women aged 18-29 were most strapped for time and reported the lowest levels of wellbeing. Mr Pearson recommended people conduct a time audit by writing how they spent each day to better organise their time.