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Iceni Magazine | August 14, 2022

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Brits spend an HOUR of each day on ‘mundane tasks’ – and changing the bedding, scrubbing the toilet and dusting are among the worst jobs

Brits spend an HOUR of each day on mundane tasks

Brits are spending an HOUR of each day on ‘mundane tasks’ with changing the bedding, scrubbing the toilet and dusting among the worst jobs.

The study of 2,000 adults found that weeks are taken up by boring chores with vacuuming, doing the washing up and hanging out the laundry some of the other everyday tasks people loathe.

More than six in 10 find these jobs dull because they are so repetitive while 46 per cent are left annoyed by how long they take to complete.

It’s not just the odd tasks that are monotonous though as more than a third described a typical day in their life as ‘repetitive’.

And more than one in six labelled their everyday schedule ‘mundane’.

In fact, only THREE per cent of adults enjoy their day-to-day routine.

It also emerged 37 per cent of adults are envious of kids who enjoy a care-free lifestyle, with 43 per cent jealous that little ones don’t have to pay any bills.

Bassetts Vitamins, which commissioned the research, is challenging the monotony of Brits’ routines and encouraging adults to inject some more fun into their everyday lives.

Partnering with comedian Katherine Ryan, they put participants through their paces with a number of extreme challenges to subvert the tedious routine into something more enjoyable.

These included finding items in a giant washing up bowl, hoovering a feather-covered floor in roller skates – as well as hanging clothes out to dry on a bungee rope.

Katherine said: “If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that we need to grab life by the horns and enjoy every day.

“We all have elements of our routine that we find tiresome and dull, but more often than not, there are ways we can make even the most mundane of tasks fun – be it breaking a sweat and dancing to music whilst vacuuming or singing along to your favourite song as you wash up.

“That’s why I’m excited to be working with Bassetts Vitamins and to encourage everyone of all ages to make those everyday moments really matter.”

The study also found Brits more than two-fifths have attempted to add some amusement into their day-to-day routine.

Three in 10 admitted to singing while doing the dishes while 14 per cent dance around with the vacuum cleaner.

But those polled named 40 as the age life gets even more mundane, with the bleakest time of day considered to be 3.37pm.

Skye Lucas-Banks, from Bassetts Vitamins said: “We can’t always choose our routines, but we can choose the way we approach everyday tasks by making small changes that make even functional tasks fun.

“We believe that even tasks as small as taking your vitamins can be made enjoyable – that’s why our products are delicious and chewy.”

1. Ironing
2. Scrubbing the toilets
3. Dusting
4. Changing the bedding
5. Cleaning windows
6. Cleaning out the fridge
7. Cleaning the kitchen
8. Doing the washing up
9. Vacuuming
10. Folding up laundry
11. Making the bed
12. Emptying the dishwasher/putting away dry plates, cutlery
13. Hanging out the laundry to dry
14. Washing the car
15. Mowing the lawn
16. Putting a wash on
17. Doing the big shop at a supermarket
18. Loading the dishwasher
19. Cooking
20. Cleaning out the cat’s litter tray

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