Our To Do Lists Make Us Stressed

Published / Last Updated on 05/05/2018

Financial To Do List Money MOTDoes Your To Do List Have Any of FCA 33 Stressful Tasks?

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a press release to do with the bank holiday weekend called a “To-do-list tension - UK households face an average of 33 tasks a week”.

  • 75% of UK adults set to tackle their to-do-list over the Bank Holiday weekend
  • ‘Sorting out finances’ is the UK’s most popular task

The FCA study interviewed over 2,000 people and the results reveal that Britain’s to-do-lists are jam-packed, as the nation battles to get an unwieldy number of tasks ticked-off each week.  The research encourages people to put checking whether they’re eligible to claim for payment protection insurance (PPI) on their to-do-list.  A third of us (29%) are simply too busy to do this.  Three-quarters (75%) of the population plan to use the long bank holiday weekend to tick things off their to-do-lists.

Top 33 Items on People’s To Do List:

  • Sorting out banking / finances
  • Planning and preparing evening meals
  • Booking appointments: dentist / doctors etc
  • Taking out the rubbish
  • Changing the bed linen
  • Filling in forms e.g. passport applications
  • Renewing insurance
  • Purchasing new clothing / uniform items
  • Holiday planning (booking / organising)
  • Cooking breakfast
  • Hosting a Sunday lunch
  • Doing the ironing
  • Filling the car up with petrol
  • Speaking to energy companies to get a better deal
  • Loading the dishwasher
  • Garden maintenance
  • Calling repair / trades person
  • Booking the car in for MOT / Service
  • Organising days out with friends
  • Planning family get togethers

Tips to Tackle To-Do-Lists

  1. Plan – Write down your to-do-list
  2. Prioritise – Tackle your trickiest task first
  3. Go digital – Put your to-do-list on your phone
  4. No procrastination– Set a deadline and stick to it
  5. Reward yourself when having completed an item or tough items