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New study reveals average Crawley worker earns £261 just to go to the toilet

If you often find yourself drifting off and wasting time at work, you’re not alone. A new study has revealed the true extent of the UK’s procrastination problem. The survey, commissioned by musicMagpie, found that the average Brit spends 2 hours and 9 minutes each day procrastinating at work, which is costing businesses over £21 billion per year.



Unsurprisingly, phones are a major source of procrastination, with the average UK worker spending 28 minutes each day using messaging apps, 7 minutes on Instagram, 16 minutes on Facebook and 5 minutes on Twitter.

With the average full time salary in Crawley at £29k per annum it means that the average worker is earning over £260 a year just to go to the toilet.

Here’s a breakdown of the top ways Brits are wasting time at work:

  1. Messaging on your phone – 28 minutes
  2. Daydreaming – 20 minutes
  3. Gossiping – 18 minutes
  4. Going on Facebook – 16 minutes
  5. Reading the news – 15 minutes
  6. Online shopping – 9 minutes
  7. Going to the toilet for a poo – 9 minutes
  8. Going on Instagram – 7 minutes
  9. Going on Twitter – 5 minutes
  10. Going for a cigarette break – 4 minutes

Men are the bigger time-wasters, procrastinating for 2 hours 51 minutes each day, compared to just 1 hour 52 minutes for women.

Glasgow was crowned the procrastination capital of the UK, with workers spending an average of 3 hours 4 minutes wasting time each day. At the other end of the scale, workers in Nottingham are wasting the least time, with an average of just 1 hour and 18 minutes of procrastination.

The research also looked at which sectors suffered the most from procrastination. Beauty and wellbeing came out on top, with a whopping 4 hours and 57 minutes of procrastination, followed by IT/Digital with 4 hours and 2 minutes. Agriculture and environment came out as the sector with the least procrastination, with just 57 minutes per day.

Using their findings, musicMagpie have created a procrastination calculator, allowing you to find out how much you’re being paid to procrastinate at work!

To explore the full set of results and see how much you’re getting paid to procrastinate, visit the musicMagpie website:

Health & Wellbeing

Stay healthy and well with Wellbeing Month at Crawley Library



Next week marks the start of Wellbeing Month across all 36 West Sussex libraries.

Throughout March, libraries will be celebrating all the ways that books, reading and local libraries can help people stay healthy and well.

Special events taking place include:

  • Wellbeing MOT’s – offering advice, help and support on healthy diet, weight loss, stopping smoking, reducing alcohol, and more.
  • West Sussex MIND – will be advising residents about their new campaign ‘Moving Minds’ and providing information about the mental health services they offer.
  • Apetito drop-in and free taster – come and sample some of the delicious foods on offer from West Sussex County Council’s Meals on Wheels provider Apetito, who provide hot meals to elderly and vulnerable people across the county (Southwick library only).

There will also be NHS health checks, reminiscence taster sessions, story walks for children, games for families. Plus regular events including Knit and Natter, Relax with Colouring and ‘Melody for the Mind’, a singing group for people with dementia and their carers.

‘Melody for the Mind’ sessions are currently run at Broadfield, East Grinstead and Southwick Libraries, with a brand-new session starting at Chichester on Thursday 5 March.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said:

“Libraries always have communities at the heart of everything they do, and this month is no exception.

“Wellbeing, both physical and emotional, is so important and the programme that has been created by the libraries team for Wellbeing Month has a variety of great activities, events and reading that will hopefully make our residents feel happier and healthier in mind and body.”

All libraries will have displays of books chosen by library staff to lift the readers mood and help them feel better. The genres range from uplifting poetry to non-fiction titles with practical advice for difficult times.

To find out more on everything happening during Wellbeing Month at your local library and throughout the rest of the year, visit

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