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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 two hours and nine 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, seven minutes on Instagram, 16 minutes on Facebook and five minutes on Twitter.

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. A bathroom break – 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 three hours four 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 one 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 four hours and 57 minutes of procrastination, followed by IT/Digital with four hours and two minutes. Agriculture and environment came out as the sector with the least procrastination, with just 57 minutes per day.

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