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TIME is precious

‘Life is short’ but we seem to spend so much of our time doing things we don’t actually want to do. What percentage of our year is spent doing things like working, commuting, or chores, and how much free time do we really have for ourselves? We analysed the data and discovered some startling figures...

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It’s often said that there aren’t enough hours in the day, but how much truth is in this commonly used statement? Use the chart below to reveal just how many days you’re really left with across your working year to do the things you love.

Working (114 days)
Commuting (15 days)
Cleaning (6 days)
Online (52 days)
Watching TV (51 days)
Cooking (13 days)
Eating (20 days)
Sleeping (128 days)
Awake (237 days)
Socialising (8 days)
Using Phone (38 days)
With Family (9 days)

It’s often said that there aren’t enough hours in the day, but how much truth is in this commonly used statement? Use the chart below to reveal just how many days you’re really left with across your working year to do the things you love.

Activity Days
Work (Full Time) 114
Commuting 15
Cleaning 6
Online 52
Watching TV 51
Cooking 13
Eating 20
Sleeping 128
Awake 237
Socialising 8
Using Phone 38
With Family 9

Our Sources

The chart comprises of 365 dots with each representing a single day within the year of a working UK adult.

All data used within the visual can be found at the following sources:

Average time spent commuting: https://www.statista.com/statistics/300712/average-time-taken-to-travel-to-work-in-the-united-kingdom/

Average time spent cleaning has been focussed on people aged 18-65: https://www.statista.com/statistics/878456/time-spent-cleaning-one-s-home-united-kingdom-uk/

Average time spent online is for those aged 16+ only: https://www.statista.com/statistics/956088/time-spent-going-online-uk/

Average television consumption: https://www.statista.com/statistics/269870/daily-tv-viewing-time-in-the-uk/

Average time spent cooking: https://www.statista.com/statistics/420719/time-spent-cooking-per-week-among-consumers-by-country/

Average time spent eating: https://www.statista.com/chart/13226/where-people-spend-the-most-time-eating-drinking/

Average time spent sleeping: https://www.statista.com/statistics/326907/awake-time-per-day-uk-by-age-and-gender/

Average time spent socialising: https://www.statista.com/statistics/792573/leisure-activities-time-spent-by-gender-in-the-united-kingdom-uk/

Average time spent on our phones: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-45033302

Average time spent with family: http://www.highlandspringgroup.com/press-and-media/group-news/article/34-minutes-the-amount-of-time-the-average-family-gets-to-spend-together-each-day/

Average time spent at work: https://tradingeconomics.com/united-kingdom/average-weekly-hours

GDP PER CAPITA