90% of people regret rushing career choice

The majority of Britons are harbouring regrets about their career choice and blaming a lack of time for mistakes, according to a survey.

Scottish Widows, the investment company, surveyed 2010 people aged between 21-65 and discovered that nine out of ten people regretted rushing their career choice, while 87% felt the same way about hurrying financial decisions.

However, the study discovered that a quarter of people in the country feel guilty if they have spare time on their hands, while 70% believe they are more pushed for time than they were a few years ago.

David Lewis, a Neuropsychologist and Chairman of Research at Mindlab International, insisted that people become ‘hyper-vigilant’ when they are forced to make decisions in a hurry.

He also added that we are less able to weigh up alternatives and identify priorities when our emotions become highly charged in this way.

“Failing to set aside time to plan important tasks and think about important life goals can lead to taking decisions which may have a long-term negative impact on your life. This can easily be avoided by investing a small amount of time regularly in considering your goals and prioritising your tasks,” Lewis said.

Younger individuals tackle bad time management with a to-do list withhalf of those surveyed keeping one themslves. This rose to 70% among 26–35 year olds. Saturday morning was the most popular time to tackle to-do lists, according to the research.

Although more young people are prone to making to-do lists, it doesn’t necessarily mean tasks get completed quicker. The survey revealed that it can take people nine weeks to get round to doing everything on their to-do list, while 44% stated there are tasks every day that they never get to complete.

20% of participants said that social media was a distraction and often got in the way of doing daily tasks. Similarly, the same amount of people blamed a lack of motivation.

Lewis said that people can improve productivity by setting realistic goals and prioritising them in terms of importance and urgency. “Bear in mind that not every important task is urgent and that some urgent tasks may be of little real importance. Those tasks with the highest combination of urgency and importance should be tackled first. Those low in both can be left to last or dismissed.”

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