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Do You Know Why Achieving Work/Life Balance is so Hard? We Do! [Survey Results]

Being active, engaged and successful is not an easy task. From the moment we open our eyes, until we fall asleep exhausted at night, we seem to confront a never-ending list of urgent tasks: taking out the trash, preparing lunch for our family, rushing to business meetings, checking our email on the fly.

And even when we should be relaxing, we are not. As true representatives of multitasking society we are watching a movie and thinking about what we have left unfinished at work; getting our nails done and nervously tapping our feet, in a constant hurry by default. Ironically, it’s precisely this downtime – most often called ME time – that helps us recharge and face all our responsibilities.

As .ME crew is made of experienced professionals who know all about the challenges of achieving work/life balance, we came to an idea of starting a ME Day movement – a day when we will make time to celebrate our achievements, embrace our uniqueness and put ourselves first. With that in mind, we conducted an informal ME Day Survey that included 753 respondents from the USA. We wanted to see how much time people devote to themselves, to ensure their physical, mental and spiritual well-being!

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Do You Know Why Achieving Work/Life Balance is so Hard? We Do! [Survey Results]

  1. 1. Do You Know Why Achieving Work/Life Balance Is So Hard? We Do! Survey Results
  2. 2. Are your days passing in a blur? Does it seem like Monday was weeks ago?
  3. 3. Do you make the time to relax, rewind and just enjoy the moment? Do you think you should?
  4. 4. We are all products of a multitasking society. Even when we should be enjoying a downtime, we are not.
  5. 5. Ironically, it’s precisely this downtime – most often called ME time – that helps us recharge and face all our responsibilities.
  6. 6. In an effort to see how much time people devote to themselves – to ensure their physical, mental and spiritual well-being – we conducted a survey that included 753 American respondents.
  7. 7. The Respondents
  8. 8. In what age bracket do you fall? 16 - 21 22 - 32 33 - 49 50 - 59 60 and older 1.86% 27.62% 40.77% 27.89% 1.86%
  9. 9. What is your gender?
  10. 10. Do you have children? 56.57% 43.43%
  11. 11. The Results
  12. 12. How would you describe your current sense of work/life balance? I am a master juggler! I sometimes drop one or two things, but am mostly on top of things I find myself balanced at times, and during other times – not so much… Please help! There’s such a thing as work/life balance? One always takes over the other!
  13. 13. Which of the following best describes your feelings of stress (if any) around finding a work/home life balance? At times, I want to tear my hair out! My lack of balance is giving me more wrinkles than I should have at my age. Some days are insane and others are low key. There’s the occasional day with stress, but it’s rare. I am almost never stressed! If this were a cartoon, little birds would be singing around my head, helping me get dressed.
  14. 14. Who feels the most stressed? Parents Very stressful 16.67% Slightly stressful 24.88% Not at all stress ful 0.94% Not very stressful 14.32% Somewhat in between 43.19% Not at all stressful 2.14% Very stressful 11.31% Slightly stressful 23.85% Not very stressful 17.43% Somewhat in between 45.26% Non-Parents
  15. 15. If you could take a day all for yourself – a ME Day that would be dedicated to doing what you love – what would you do? Get some sleep 6.20%
  16. 16. But a perfect ME day differs for men and women! Women – Enjoy a spa treatment 43.86% Men – Take a day off from the world 38.80%
  17. 17. Thinking back over the past year, how often did you take a day devoted to ME, a ME day? Once a week Once or twice a month Every three or four months Once or twice a year Never
  18. 18. The group that feels most stressed never takes a day for themselves! Never 25.59% Once a week 3.99% Once or twice a month 14.32% Once or twice a year 36.15% Every three or four months 19.95% Every three or four months 23.55% Once or twice a year 22.63% Never 8.56% Once a week 9.17% Once or twice a month 36.09% Parents Non-Parents
  19. 19. What stopped you from taking a ME day more often?* *This question was answered by respondents that took a ME day every three months or less (69.98%). Guilt – I feel like I am being selfish There simply isn’t the time in my life! Fear of missing out Other (please specify)
  20. 20. When it comes to “Other” reasons, the most frequently mentioned words are: No Vacation Days 3.49% Family 3.49%
  21. 21. There are holidays celebrating love, holidays celebrating mothers. What do you think about a holiday that celebrates ME? Would you get excited about that? Heck yeah! I am so-so on that one. No.
  22. 22. That is why we will initiate what we hope to become a global movement – a ME Day! Like any hero, you deserve a day when your achievements will be celebrated, uniqueness embraced and wishes fulfilled. And you are a hero - every time you take care of your family, contribute to your community and follow your dreams!
  23. 23. Join us in raising awareness about importance of self-appreciation, celebrating our successes and taking care of ourselves by spending quality ME time on March 16, and tweeting about it with #MEday hashtag!
  24. 24. Survey Methodology Research findings are based on a survey fielded in the United States between February 2 and February 9, 2015. The survey included answers from 753 respondents. Survey was distributed and promoted on social media by .ME Registry, and 428 responses were collected. Additional 300 responses were collected with the help of SurveyMonkey’s Targeted Audience (choosing individuals between the ages of 24 and 55 who have a 4 year college degree). For more information about the survey methodology, don’t hesitate to contact us at info [ at ] domain.me
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