TWO thirds of adults admit to getting a sense of achievement, fulfilment and calm – from completing some simple life admin.
A study of 2,000 adults found a lack of time and forgetfulness means 34 per cent hardly ever get around to completing household tasks such as personal banking, accounting and sorting the bills.
Others blamed their struggle to get through life admin on being too tired (22 per cent), work getting in the way (13 per cent) and not knowing where to start (13 per cent).
As a result, when they do finally manage to get something done, 31 per cent admitted to feeling a sense of achievement, while 16 per cent even feel fulfilled.
More than one in 10 also say it leaves them feeling less anxious to know that a long-held job on their to-do list can finally be ticked off.
As a result of the findings, TV platform Freeview has worked with productivity coach Juliet Landau-Pope to put together a list of tips on how to complete outstanding admin tasks.
These include giving yourself a deadline, writing a list and listening to your body clock to make sure you are tackling life admin at your most productive time of day.
Owen Jenkinson, from Freeview, which commissioned the research, said: “As we approach the new financial year, we decided to explore the challenges that prevent us from getting on top of life admin.
“With many of us now spending more time at home, the traditional barriers that stood in our way – such as lack of time and tiredness after a day at work – could be broken down.
“We hope that the productivity tips will inspire many to regain control of their life admin, helping to reduce anxiety and increase motivation."
The study also found cleaning and doing household chores are among the most hated life admin tasks, with making new applications and exercise also featuring.
One in 10 try to avoid changing service providers or looking for a better deal while eight per cent put off reviewing their bills, payments and subscriptions to make sure they aren’t paying too much.
It also emerged young adults are less likely to keep on top of this, with 16-24 year-olds waiting an average of almost five weeks before cancelling an unused subscription.
But 45-54 year-olds do this within four weeks.
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