A third of Brits say they feel like they’re stuck on autopilot when doing something familiar – with eating, showering and cooking among the most repetitive daily routines
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Two-thirds of Brits are stuck in a “Groundhog Day” existence and have trouble telling one day apart from another, according to a study.
Millions of adults have such repetitive days that 63 per cent frequently have to ask what day it is, with 51 per cent saying this is because their days are so similar.
A third of the 2,000 adults polled said they have felt like they’re on autopilot when doing something familiar.
Meanwhile two in ten admit to regularly drifting through life without giving any thought to what they’re actually doing.
And 81 per cent say their days have become more repetitive during the last 18 months, with weekdays being the most cyclical.
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Although, 54 per cent said they would be happy to experience the same day over and over if it was their perfect day.
Having good weather, being on holiday and not having to work amongst the ingredients for the perfect day.
A spokeswoman from Lottoland, which carried out the research in conjunction with its Cash4Life draw, said: “It’s easy to feel stuck in the cycle of life, especially when the same things need doing each day.
“But it’s interesting to see how many people would actually be happy to experience the exact same 24 hours over and over if it was their best day – it seems variety is not always the spice of life!
“When it comes to achieving the perfect groundhog day, it looks like a little windfall could make all the difference, with things like going on holiday and not having to work topping everyone’s list.”
The survey, by OnePoll, revealed that the top things Brits do the same way every day are eating, showering and dressing.
As many as one in six people have the same breakfast every single day, and a further 68 per cent say they find themselves repeating the same meals regularly.
But there are some aspects Brits enjoy about their routine – such as feeling organised, not liking change and managing work patterns.
And 48 per cent said they liked having a set daily routine, with the younger generation (18- to 24-year-olds) preferring a routine most.
Half even said they fear change, with a third saying they are in a comfortable rut, and 21 per cent feeling too anxious to alter their schedule.
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Furthermore, 28 per cent can’t remember the last time they did something on the spur of the moment, and six per cent never do things unplanned.
But 54 per cent wish they were more spontaneous, but they are often held back by things being too expensive, not having enough time and a lack of ideas.
For those who like to do things on the spur of the moment, going out for food, going on a walk and day trips are the most common spontaneous activities – and six per cent have even spontaneously quit a job.
The spokeswoman said: “It’s surprising to see that the 18–24-year-olds are most likely to want a regular routine. We must get more spontaneous as we age!
“And for those who are looking to inject a bit more excitement into their daily routine, waking up to £1,000 every morning could be just the ticket.”
Lottoland’s Cash4Life, which awards winners £1000 every day for life, is now drawn daily.
Top things Brits do on repeat every day
- Eating – 44 per cent
- Showering – 40 percent
- Dressing – 38 per cent
- Cooking – 31 per cent
- Watch TV (one episode of a box set every night, for example) – 30 per cent
- Cleaning – 29 per cent
- Going to work – 27 per cent
- Going for a walk – 25 per cent
- Getting ready for work – 25 per cent
- Shopping – 23 per cent