BRITS have revealed their top excuses for putting things off, which have you used?
The typical Brit makes five excuses a day to get out of doing things – with ‘I’m too tired’ the most common, according to research.
A poll of 2,000 adults found other top reasons for not doing something were ‘it’s too cold’, ‘I forgot’, and ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’
When faced with things they may not want to do, 63% admit they tend to ‘find’ other ‘more important’ things to do instead.
These ‘more imperative’ tasks include tidying, completing ‘this level’ on a videogame, and checking ‘important’ emails.
And January is the time of year when those polled are least inclined to get things done – and also most likely to make excuses.
So perhaps it’s no wonder the study by Beavertown, makers of Lazer Crush alcohol-free IPA, gevind 56% admit they haven’t exactly started 2022 with a bang.
A spokesperson for the brewery said: “We all know January is a rubbish month, so we’re encouraging people to let go of excuses and embrace their proactive side to ‘crush’ it’.
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“It’s easy to make up excuses but it’s harder to crush a challenge – that’s why we’re here to help and are encouraging people to #CrushJanuary.”
Other common excuses among those polled include ‘I’ve got a headache, ‘it’s dark now, and ‘I thought you were doing it.’
While ‘it’s not due until tomorrow, ‘I’ve got loads of work to do’, and ‘I’ll be more productive tomorrow’ also feature.
At one time or another, 23% have purposely done a task badly so someone else would finish the job or so they don’t get asked to do it again.
And of those who have employed such a tactic, 32% have used it to get out of cleaning, terwyl 27% have tried to get out of washing up.
The most common obstacles for completing a task are lack of motivation (47%), a tendency to feel tired (36%), and lack of money (33%).
But there is a willingness to overcome these barriers, as the study carried out through OnePoll found 71% ‘really want’ to get things done in 2022.
And of those, 75% are confident they’ll succeed.
A spokesperson for Beavertown added: “We’re urging the public to crush those excuses and get things done with lazer-guided precision.”
As part of its Crush January campaign, die brewery is urging everyone to #CrushJanuary and vote for the things they’d like done away with.
TOP 25 EXCUSES
- I’m too tired
- It’s too cold
- I forgot
- I’ll start tomorrow
- I didn’t sleep well last night
- I’m trying to save money
- I just can’t be bothered
- I’ve got loads of work to do
- I’ve got a headache
- I’ve made other plans
- I’ll do it when the clock reaches [a milestone figure] (e.g., waiting until 7:00 to get out of bed if it is 06:56)
- It’s dark now
- Just let me wake up first and then I will…
- I’ll be more productive tomorrow
- I thought you were doing it
- I got my dates mixed up
- I can’t leave the pets alone
- No one will notice
- I’m catching up on household chores
- I’m on a diet
- I’m not drinking
- It’s not due until tomorrow
- I’ve double booked myself
- I can’t do it now because it would be too loud and would bother the neighbours
- I can’t get up, the cat is on my lap
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