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For Many Americans, Money Can't Buy Time

Americans who are feeling overworked and constantly rushed can take heart, people who aren't working feel the same way about the lack of time. And the more money you make, the more of a time crunch you feel.

That's the finding of a new Gallup Poll, which discovered that while 28 percent of working Americans do not feel they have enough time to get everything done, 20 percent of non-working Americans feel the same way.

Not surprisingly, women and those with children in the household are the most likely among working adults to report being strapped for time. Working Americans between the ages of 30 and 49 and those with a college education are also among the most likely to lack the time they need.

At the other end of the spectrum, younger (ages 18 to 29) and older (ages 65 and up) working Americans, and those who are single or never married, are among those most likely to say they do have enough time.

The more education working adults have, the less likely they are to report having enough time to complete what they need to do during the day, the survey found. And the more money Americans have, the less free time they have. While 77 percent of adults making $24,000 a year said they had enough time to complete everything they needed to get done, only 70 percent of those making over $90,000 a year said the same thing.Mind Your Business: The Great Myth of Work-Life Balance


Jeanette Mulvey
Jeanette Mulvey

Jeanette has been writing about business for more than 20 years. She has written about every kind of entrepreneur from hardware store owners to fashion designers. Previously she was a manager of internal communications for Home Depot. Her journalism career began in local newspapers. She has a degree in American Studies from Rutgers University. Follow her on Twitter @jeanettebnd.