How long do you spend online? As a writer, blogger, Twitter addict and home-worker, I’d say I’m on the web pretty much constantly during the day. If I’m ironing and my Twitter feed bongs, I can’t help but go and check it out. And for home-workers and busy mums, I’d say that Twitter (or Facebook, if you’re that way inclined) is the equivalent of our office water cooler. It’s a place to go to take 5 minutes out – to relax and have a bit of fun and a gossip.
But while the internet can be a great time waster, it can be a huge timesaver as well. British Gas have just done some research that shows that mums manage their online time quite wisely. In fact, the research shows that managing some tasks online can save up to an hour a day. I especially liked the fact that 22% of busy mums admit to going online for routine tasks while on the toilet, and 10% whilst pushing a buggy (careful, there, girls!).
But while the research shows that Mums are using their online time quite wisely – the most popular tasks being buying presents (86%), managing finances (84%) and paying bills (84%) – I’m heartened to see that the younger generation are still happily wasting their time on the less important things in life, like social media (85%) and booking tickets for cinema and holiday etc (80%). Plenty of time for being sensible when they’re old and grey, I reckon (like the rest of us).
British Gas is doing its bit to help us busy ones by introducing a whole range of online tools so that we can manage our time (and our bills!) more effectively, including monitoring energy consumption, booking/tracking engineers and viewing and printing your bills. If you want to start managing your life more effectively online register now or go online to find out more.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll get back to my deadline, my pile of ironing and, yes, my Twitter feed.