Britons spend 26 DAYS per year wasted time

BRITS takes an average of 26 days a year wasted time doing basic operations – with waiting to make a cup of tea being one of the worst culprits.

The average adult typically spends an hour and 43 minutes a day waiting around, which amounts to 12 hours a week or more than 624 a year.

Brits feel that they waste a lot of time waiting for the kettle to boil when brewing a beer


Brits feel that they waste a lot of time waiting for the kettle to boil when brewing a beerCredit: Getty
Queuing in traffic is also there which wastes the most time


Queuing in traffic is also there which wastes the most timeCredit: Getty

A survey of 2,000 adults found that being held back was the biggest drain on their time, while nearly half said waiting in a queue wastes precious minutes.

Other time-wasters include waiting in traffic jams with 44% of people feeling that precious seconds are wasted.

More than half of people feel that they should be more productive with their time, but feel that they are too tired after work.

Surfing through social media is wasted time for 21% of people, while waiting for the kettle to boil is 15%.

But 59% have been trying to make a positive change and want to reduce the amount of time wasted without results.

And 23% of those polled by Duolingo learned a new skill to try to use their time more effectively.

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“When you’re not planning and prioritizing your time, you’re more likely to waste it,” says Clare Evans, time management coach and author of ‘Time Management for Dummies,’ it.

“We often allow things to consume our time when we react to something beyond our control, such as waiting in line or letting the kettle boil.”

“Try to see the waiting time as an opportunity to get a quick task done on your list – check your email, make a phone call, or even use that time to read a book or do a Duolingo lesson.”

The study also found that for the average adult with nothing to do three times a day, lack of motivation was the biggest reason they weren’t productive at 47%.

Others find it too easy to waste time on the phone or watching TV (38%) while 22% have no idea how they want to use their time better.

Of those polled, 70% say it’s important to learn new skills to maintain an enjoyable life – with a quarter prioritizing personal growth, dreams and ambitions year 2022.

This ranks even ahead of traveling and just behind eating better and spending more time with friends and family.

Colin Watkins, UK country director for Duolingo, added: “People think you need to plan and schedule your studies in advance but in reality, just spending a few minutes a day is enough.

“The little and often approach really works, that’s why Duolingo was designed the way it is.

“We know that soaking for 5 to 10 minutes a day is actually much more effective than an hour, once a week.

“And five to 10 minutes, which you really won’t miss, add up. When you consider that Britons are losing around 26 days a year – what are you waiting for? ”


1. On hold

2. Queuing up

3. Sitting in traffic

4. Try to ring the Surgeon bell

5. Waiting for delivery to arrive

6. Commuting

7. Scrolling Social Networks / Amazon Prime and TV Channels

8. Wait for washing to finish

9. Served in a restaurant

10. Wait for a cup of tea to brew. Britons spend 26 DAYS per year wasted time

Fry Electronics Team

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