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Putting things off for later wastes 3 years of our lives

July 3, 2012 - London

We waste 69 minutes a day - that amounts to three years of our adult life - procrastinating, a study has revealed.

One in five of us waste more than two hours a day putting off what we should be doing.

Women are more likely to do so than men, with 59 percent admitting to putting off important tasks compared with 50 percent of men. But men begin to kick the habit as they grow older.

While 65 percent of 18-24 year olds admit to procrastinating at least once a day, the figure drops to 51 percent of those aged over 55, the Daily Mail reported.

Perhaps unsurprisingly the research, by search engine Bing, shows that we duck the less pleasant tasks for longer.

While 54 percent of us pluck up the courage to ask someone out within a couple of days, one in five spend more than two months preparing to dump a lover.

You may also be more prone to procrastination depending on where you are in the country.

The research found that those in Cambridge are most guilty of putting things off (68 per cent), followed by Gloucester (65 per cent) and York (64 per cent).

Those in Aberystwyth, Wales, seem to be the most industrious, with just 33 per cent saying they procrastinate.

"People often avoid "doing" things when they need to take action that may lead to important results," Psychologist Honey Langcaster-James said. On a psychological level, ticking things off your 'to do' list is beneficial as it allows us to better focus on our future goals."

Peter Maxmin, the head of Bing UK, added: "The research suggests Brits like to spend time mulling things over before actually doing them - perhaps too much so."


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