At 33 yrs, you are at `the busiest period of life`

Last Updated: Nov 01, 2010, 16:35 PM IST

London: Aged 33? Then it`s the busiest period of your life, a survey has found.

According to the survey by Internet mail provider Hotmail, 33 years is the age when the struggle to balance work, family and social activities takes up more time than at any other point in one`s life.

There is so much to do that a third of 33-year-olds say they get an average of only five hours sleep a night. Two thirds claim they spend more than 38 hours a week in office, the survey found.

And 60 per cent say they are forced to double book work and social appointments to try to squeeze everything in, the `Daily Mail` reported.

Once work and family commitments are dealt with, the average 33-year-old has only one hour a day left to do something they enjoy. And even then, one in five says they are so busy that they never have any time to go out and socialise.

Fiftysix per cent regularly need to take work home to complete it; 90 per cent of 33-year-old women in the survey said they thought they were busier than men of the same age. This could be down to women juggling senior level careers, getting married and having a family.

Fiona Fyfe, from Hotmail, said: "The research statistics show we are all struggling to juggle the priorities in life. When we reach our thirties, our careers tend to be high pressured and we`ve more responsibility in our lives.

"We also must organise ourselves during particularly busy periods in our lives to ensure we can enjoy life and get the balance right. Too much work and no play should not be an option."

PTI