Can’t find time to en­joy life

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

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