SURVEY SAYS: Additional Time Needed in a Day

There’s often not enough time in the day to get everything we want or need to get done, or to get enough sleep.

By Rebecca Moore | November 21, 2016
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Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “How many hours would you add to the 24-hour day to get everything you want or need to get done, and how would you spend those hours?”

Slightly more than 18% of responding readers said they needed 6 hours, while 16.4% said they needed none. Three hours was chosen by 16.4% of respondents; 14.5% selected 2; and 12.7% chose 4. Nine percent said they needed 5 extra hours, 7.3% need more than 6 and 5.4% just need 1.

Sleep was the activity for spending that extra time chosen by the majority (63.5%) of respondents, followed by spending time with family (36.5%) and reading and household chores (both tied at 30.8%). One-quarter of readers said they would spend that extra time on their hobby, and 21.1% each said they would spend time with friends and spend time volunteering or on special projects. More than one in ten readers (11.5%) said they would spend the extra time catching up on TV shows and movies, and 5.8% would work.

One-quarter of responding readers chose “other.” Many of those respondents said the extra hours would be just “me time.” Other responses included exercising, playing games, crafting and spending time with pets.

Among readers who left comments, quite a few said it is not an issue of needing more time in the day, but prioritizing what deserves or needs to be spent doing. Other readers suggested adding more time just wouldn’t work because others would just demand more, or as one reader said, “It is just like a raise, the more you have the more you spend, so I don't think extra hours would work!” I have to give a shout out to the reader who said: “Tell my boss I need more time to read PLANSPONSOR and all the useful news!” Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said: “Gee, if I didn't have to work, the length of the day would be just perfect.” 

Thanks to all who participated in the survey!