Finding time to wind down can be difficult these days, and working 9-5 is just half of it!
According to a new study, the typical eight hour work day is topped up with a minimum of two hours of admin, errands and personal chores to keep modern life ticking over- with people admitting they don’t actually stop until just before 8pm.
And while we do get seven hours time at home awake most days- less than half that time is spent actually relaxing or enjoying our homes.
Our busy schedule, full social calendars and need for a holiday means increasingly little time spent at home- in fact the average UK property is left empty for 36 full nights a year.
No wonder then that 38 per cent feel they don’t get enough time to properly enjoy their home or where they live.
The majority of these absences from home are likely to be during the summer, with 41 per cent saying they spend more time away from home during this time than during the rest of the year.
A spokesman for security specialist Yale, which commissioned the research, said: “They say a man’s home is his castle but it seems for many, we don’t get to spend as much time there as we would like. “Work and socialising means we spend a large chunk of our time away from home, with holidays only adding to this further.
“Even the time we do get to spend at home is often taken up with chores and life admin rather than sitting back and relaxing within our surroundings.
“But while the time our property spends empty is time we aren’t getting to enjoy it, it can also create a security issue with your home much more open to crime when no-one is there.”