Beth Battaglino Cahill, RN – Executive Director, Healthy Women

This week on TALK! with AUDREY: BETH BATTAGLINO CAHILL, RN the executive director of HealthyWomen.org, an independent health information source for women, joins me to talk about a survey conducted by Harris Interactive, that revealed how women are spending their time and to provide time-stretching tips for women.

Daylight Savings time just gave us an extra hour of sunshine in the morning, which a new survey shows is the most hectic time of the day for women. According to research released recently by HealthyWomen (HW), women’s busiest hours are in the early morning and early evening — very closely connected to the work day.

Some of the findings:

The survey found that the number one activity that takes time away from women is domestic chores. These findings affirm that despite women taking on greater roles outside the home, they are still very much constrained by household activities. Fortunately, they are also finding novel strategies to cope.

  • Women are doing more than ever. Women are working outside the home, yet are still spending significant time on domestic chores (49%), paying bills or running errands (47%) and almost a quarter of women (23%) said that their time-draining activities included personal communications chores such as making phone calls, texting and emailing.
  • Younger women have different time burdens. Younger women (ages 18-34) were more likely than those over 35 to cite communicating with others through phone calls, texts and email as an activity that keeps them from doing what they want. Younger women also are much more likely to say that personal hygiene takes up too much time.
  • Women would rather be spending their time on leisure pursuits or with friends and family. When asked what they would do if they had more time, the majority of women (65%) would use it for entertainment, such as reading, watching TV and using the Internet. More than half of the women we surveyed said they would spend time with friends or family (54%). Younger women wanted more “me time.” They were more likely to say that they would spend time ‘doing nothing’ or sleeping.
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