Pressed For Time? You’re Not Alone

by Chris Curley on July 21, 2011

Do you feel like you never have enough time to get the things done you need to? As many as three in 10 Americans are in the same boat, Gallup reported July 20 — and it isn’t great for your personal life, researchers say.

Among working adults, 28 percent reported not having enough time to accomplish the things they needed to get done during the previous day, compared to 20 percent of non-working adults, according to the latest results of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Women, college graduates, and people with children in their household were most likely to fall behind (32 percent), while seniors and people ages 65 and older had the fewest time-management woes (22 percent).

For those who constantly feel behind the eight-ball, the impact on quality of life is significant. People who were strapped for time had nearly twice the stress levels of those who say they have enough time (62 percent versus 33 percent), and their overall life-satisfaction scores were six points lower (83 percent satisfied, compared to 89 percent).

Previous research has shown that persistent stress can depress your immune system, hinder weight loss, and even make you overeat, possibly leading to long-term health problems. So if you feel that there aren’t enough hours in the day, it may be time to re-evaluate your priorities.

Reader Question: Have you ever made a big time-management change? How did it change your life?

(Photo © Andros Amatakis via Wikimedia Commons)