The results of a survey conducted by Day-Timers yielded some interesting information about American attitudes related to personal management, including time at work, time at home, goals, success, and happiness. There’s so much information in there, but here are a few tidbits that stood out to me:
- One-third of American workers (32%) [sic] never plan their daily work. While 45% make a daily plan at least once a week , only 9% accomplish everything they set out to do. The higher the income, the more likely the worker is to make a written schedule and prioritize tasks.
- 40% listed reduced stress at work as a personal goal .
- Exactly half of the workforce said they seldom or never prepare an action plan for achieving their goals. Only 22% said they always or frequently did.
- In order to work an additional 10 hours each week for extra pay, 27 % said they would sleep less and 17% said they would exercise less.
- Extremely or very successful tend to work longer hours and plan their days during their daily commute.
- Men work an average of 50 hours per week while women work 42 hours a week
I had several “Ah-ha” moments when I read the survey results, but also had many red flags raised. Take a look at the list and we’ll take a few days during the rest of this week to hit some highlights from the results.