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The impact of life admin on Australia's mental health

1 May 2022 - 2 min read

We’ve all got our stories from the global pandemic.

No one knows just how much you were affected quite like you do.

But it’s safe to say we were all loaded up with more brain-exploding life admin than ever.

In fact, the research confirms this. And it painted a pretty shocking picture.

In January 2022, Eggy conducted a national survey to understand how Aussies manage life admin, and how it affects them.

Firstly, this is what we know about the 400 people who completed the survey:

πŸ‘₯ Around 71% were females and around 29% were males

πŸ‘₯ The most common age group (20%) was 40-44 years

πŸ‘₯ All eight Australian states and territories were represented

πŸ‘₯ Most people (57%) were married

πŸ‘₯ 75% of people had children or dependents

When we look at the responses from women only, the stats said:

πŸ‘‰ More than 4 in 5 women (85%) manage at least 70% of the household’s life admin

πŸ‘‰ Some women (10%) do more than 30 life admin tasks every week

πŸ‘‰ 3 in 5 women (59%) spend 6 hours or more on life admin every week

πŸ‘‰ 4 out of 5 women (79%) say that managing life admin negatively affects their mental health

πŸ‘‰ 3 out of 5 women (59%) are doing more life admin tasks now than they were two years ago

And, when we isolate the results of mothers only, this is what was found:

πŸ‘‰ Nearly 2 out of 3 mothers (65%) say they’re responsible for 90-100% of the life admin in their household

πŸ‘‰ Half (49%) of mothers do 6-15 life admin tasks per week but some mothers (11%) do more than 30 life admin tasks per week

πŸ‘‰ 3 in 5 mothers (64%) spend 6 hours or more on life admin every week while a third (33%) of mothers spend more than 10 hours per week on managing life admin

πŸ‘‰ 4 out of 5 mothers (83%) say that managing life admin negatively affects their mental health

πŸ‘‰ 3 out of 5 mothers (59%) are doing more life admin tasks now than they were two years ago

So what? What are the key takeaways from this national survey?

🀯 Life admin is hurting us - in particular, it's causing stress and anxiety.

πŸ“ˆ Managing life admin is only getting worse with time.

πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ The females in the household are doing the bulk of the life admin.

πŸ’ͺ We need to (and can) do something about it.