Do we spend too much time working at the weekend? According to recent research we do and it’s a bad habit us Brits need to stop. We all wish we had more time on our hands but using our own time to complete our work could be damaging, rather than helpful.
Busy Brits spend up to four hours of their weekend catching up with their workloads.
Researchers who carried out a detailed study found one in six do two hours of work over Saturday and Sunday – and one in ten do three hours. On a typical weekday, the average Brit now puts in an extra three hours of work a DAY outside of their normal working hours.
It also emerged around half of those polled regularly feel there’s simply not enough hours in the day to get everything done.
The research of 2,000 UK adults was commissioned to celebrate the second season of MARS on National Geographic.
A spokesman for National Geographic, said: “Most of us will have uttered the words ‘there are not enough hours in the day’ at some point and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.”
The research also found those polled believe they need an additional four hours a day to get everything done. Being busy looking after the kids and keeping on top of housework are the most common reasons for not having enough time in the day.
Despite the hectic workloads, almost four in ten of us reckon they have a good work/life balance.
The number one thing Brits would do if the days were a little longer – is getting some much-needed sleep. Getting stuck into a good book would be their second choice, followed by having some ‘me-time’ and going for a walk. Around six in ten revealed they can’t remember the last occasion they had 37 minutes spare to do something they really want to do.
Despite this, 52 per cent of those polled, via OnePoll.com, admit they rarely ‘seize the day’, while half admit they tend to get easily distracted when trying to make the most of their time.
A spokesman for National Geographic added: “Readers might be wondering what good that is to them, but as our new show MARS reveals, Earthlings could be living on the Red Planet in the not too distant future.”
10 things Brits would do if the days were longer:
1. Get some sleep
2. Read a book
3. Listen to music
4. Exercise more
5. Make more time for friends and family
6. Socialise more
7. Go to the gym
8. Do DIY
9. Learn a new language
10. Paint or draw