Work-Life Balance Is Definitely Not Balanced

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Americans with children spend 50 hours a week on work and 15 hours on leisure pursuits, while those without children spend 30 hours on work and 25 on leisure.

Do you ever feel that you spend too many of your waking hours working? That's a legitimate concern, according to a recent survey from Harris Interactive. Americans today spend far more time on work tasks (which also include household responsibilities and even studying and traveling) than they do on leisure activities. The lack of work-life balance grows even more pronounced for parents, who have precious little downtime. As far as what people do when they do have some "me time," there is a fairly large divide between what men and women pursue in their personal time, the survey findings reveal. Not surprisingly, men are generally more interested in playing digital games, while women tend to prefer quiet time with a good read. However, too many of us allow distractions—especially from our ever-present mobile devices—to interrupt our R&R time. That's why we're also including the following list of ways to get the most out of your leisure time, as compiled by Psychology Today. More than 2,575 U.S. adults took part in the Harris Interactive research.

This article was originally published on 2014-01-06
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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