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Procrastination nation: 75% of UK burdened by procrastination

Unfinished tasks cause arguments and raise stress in the majority of UK households

New research from computer memory upgrade experts, Crucial.com, indicates that 75% of the UK is living with the constant burden and guilt of procrastination. Leaving jobs incomplete, such as managing debt, cleaning the oven and living with a computer that opens a page slower than a snail completes the 100 meters, drives our stress levels through the roof, according to computer upgrade website.

Leaving tasks incomplete not only makes us feel bad, it provokes regular arguments with partners too. Over a quarter of the UK find they argue with partners about unfinished tasks around the home at least once a week. It’s a real problem at a time few of us want additional stress especially with one in eight of us fighting every day. Men and women respond very differently to the pressure, with men admitting that they just wish their partner would stop bringing up the subject (31%) or occasionally be just that bit more understanding (27%). Women on the other hand overwhelmingly want their men to be more helpful (42%) or take control of the situation (27%).

In addition to the increase in stress and the arguments caused, leaving jobs unfinished impacts on self-esteem, with one in five Brits surveyed left feeling guilt-ridden and wishing they were more proactive. Additionally, more than a third of respondents admit being left with a sense of dread, yet many jobs still remain incomplete for a considerable length of time. The majority (58%) of those surveyed admit that some jobs have been left undone for over six months. A third have jobs still uncompleted after a year, 20% for a staggering two years, and one in 10 suffers for in excess of five years.

"I can sympathise with people who find they put off upgrading their computer when it is slow to boot up, close down and run multiple programmes. However, this is one of the easiest jobs around the home to rectify. Once you put your mind to upgrading your computer memory it takes just minutes and really can make a huge difference in your day and your home life,” said Roddy Mclean, a computer upgrade expert from Crucial.com.

When asked about the underlying causes behind the respondent’s procrastination, the results were surprising. Although many of the Brits surveyed refer to tiredness and a lack of time, the most common reason cited by respondents for not completing these simple tasks is simply prioritising the things we enjoy (48%) over completing jobs which would make our domestic lives easier.

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