Direct Line is launching the Living Your Best Life with Saira Khan podcast, hosted by Saira Khan and Life Coach Stuart Holliday. The six-part podcast will feature celebrity guests and help tackle issues such as what stops us from achieving our goals, and what do we value most when it comes to keeping our lives on track. The podcast will be available from 14th March 2019 on iTunes and Spotify.

Saira will delve into the meaning behind the following research by Direct Line and how we can live more fulfilling lives.

Research found that the nation is feeling anxious, drained and stressed – and are willing to spend an average of £15 for an extra hour in the day

  • Just one fifth (19 per cent) of Brits feel they have their lives on track
  • Almost two thirds (63 per cent) of Brits say they would pay to have more hours in the day, with the average Brit saying they’d spend £15.10** for just one extra hour in the day
  • Over two fifths of us (41 per cent) feel unable to achieve goals due to lack of time
  • Three quarters (74 per cent) of Brits feel pressure to live their best life, yet only half (51 per cent) are happy with their lives and over a third (34 per cent) say they have no time to spend doing the things they love
  • A quarter (25 per cent) have wasted time on life admin such as paying bills and organising insurance

Millions of people across the UK are so time-poor that almost half would pay for more hours in the day, new research reveals. The figures, released by leading insurance provider, Direct Line, found that only one in five (19 per cent) of Brits feel they have their lives on track – and 63 per cent of us would pay to have an extra hour in the day, with the average spend per hour cited as £15.10.

The research, which was conducted on over 2,000 UK adults, highlights a growing trend of Brits feeling so overworked, they have little time to spend pursuing passions or spending time with friends and family.

The Nation’s Current State

Frustratingly, it is evident that the vast majority of Brits (83 per cent) regret wasting the precious time they do have.

Life admin has been revealed as one of the biggest stress factors for Brits – with almost half (43 per cent) of us feeling like we consistently waste time in queues and traffic, while a quarter (25 per cent) have lost precious time having to organise bills and insurance. As if we weren’t already time poor enough, it is evident Brits really feel the strain when additional pressure is piled on from having to rely on other people. Almost a fifth (19 per cent) complain that waiting in for handymen and repairs is one of the biggest drains on their time.

This is clearly having a concerning impact on Brits’ wellbeing, with a staggering 46 per cent feeling “anxious” about their current life situation, followed by “drained” (35 per cent) and “stressed” (33 per cent). Over one in 10 (12 per cent) of us feel overworked, and over two fifths (41 per cent) of us feel like we have no time to achieve our goals.

Worryingly, the growing trend of being too time poor is causing over one third (34 per cent) of people to have no time to do the things they love.

Missing Out

But what exactly are we missing out on when wasting time on life admin and queues? Almost three quarters of Brits (74 per cent) have missed out on a significant life event, such as a birthday or wedding, due to lack of time.

Over a third (39 per cent) say they have missed out on spending time with friends and family. Relationships with partners are also suffering, with 27% saying they’re consistently missing out on quality time with their significant others.

Worryingly, this lack of time is also causing the UK to miss out on goals such as pursuing passions (28 per cent) and learning a new skill or hobby (25 per cent).

If We Had All The Time In The World

Reinforcing the way 63 per cent of Brits value time over money, Direct Line has revealed that the same number of us (63 per cent) would pay to have more time in the day.

While the assumption may be that we would use extra time to get ahead at work, 70 per cent rank spending time with family as the most important use of time. Over two fifths (43 per cent) say they would use extra time in the day with family and friends, while 34 per cent would dedicate it to living their best life.

What’s more, is that 54 per cent say they are living their best life when they’re with family. Despite this, lack of time is a major factor is stopping us from achieving this state with over half of us (52 per cent) defining living our best life as having time to do the things we love, and rank this above having a lot of money (24 per cent).