SUN ONLINE, DECEMBER 28, 2018
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COUNTDOWN: The average Brit should have their career, love and social life in order by the time they reach 39, according to a new survey
- Milestones expected by British adults include having a secure group of friends by 29 and finding ‘the one’ by the time we reach 31 — although 44 percent of people feel they will never have their life completely sorted
THE average Brit should have their life sorted by the age of 39, according to a new study.
Researchers polled the nation to discover the ages we think we should have our career, love and social lives in order, with Brits insisting we should be settled a year before we hit the big 4-0.
According to the study of 2,000 adults by Beagle Street Life Insurance, we should also have met and fallen head over heels in love with “the one” by the age of 31.
And when it comes to our social lives we should have a secure group of friends by the age of 29, the survey suggests.
However, despite the perceived milestones, in reality, most of us still feel we’re a long way off having our life on track, according to the study – with 44 percent saying they didn’t think they would ever have their lives completely sorted.
A further 25 percent admitted their love life was a complete disaster. In fact, 74 percent of the adults polled admitted they spend more time working out how to put things off than dealing with the realities of modern life.
The majority of us (55 percent) are a well-meaning bunch who plan to get our lives in order but just never get organised enough to actually do it.
Almost two in ten (16 percent) of those polled claim they just don’t want to get bogged down with serious “adult” worries, while a further 13 percent take the mañana approach – meaning they’ll worry about it “tomorrow”.
Meanwhile 14 percent of 18-29 year olds polled said they were too young to worry about the future and just wanted to concentrate on having fun in the here and now.
Matthew Gledhill, Managing Director of Beagle Street Life Insurance, which commissioned the study, said: “I’m sure these survey findings will ring true with a lot of people.
Life goes by at such a pace it’s often hard to get on top of our routine life admin, let alone making sure that we’re ‘living our best lives’.
“Yet almost two thirds of people worry about the effect this lack of control could have on their loved ones. While we reflect on the year just gone and look ahead to the next, perhaps it’s time to refocus on our priorities in life and make 2019 the year we get ourselves sorted!”
The majority of adults (78 percent) said they struggle to keep on top of the sheer amount of life admin they have to deal with, with 23 percent saying they find it hard to keep family life on track and a further 16 percent saying it’s their career that they struggle to stay on top of.
And according to the study a staggering 82 percent of Brits said they wished they had put more time into planning for the future.
When life does throw us a curve ball the person we’re most likely to turn to is our partner (51 percent) closely followed by our friends (32 percent), with a quarter of us turning to our mums (rising to over half of under 30s).
Perhaps unsurprisingly, women emerged as the sex who are better at staying in control of their lives (73 percent), while just 27 percent said men were top at being organised.
36 percent of those surveyed said you get better at life as you get older, while 78 percent said that being in a steady relationship was the recipe for success in life.
Although, perhaps surprisingly, 22 percent said they were less in control now they were in a relationship, saying they had more time when they were on their own.