Most Brits feel stuck in 'Groundhog Day' existence and can't tell days apart

Two thirds of Britons are stuck in a “Groundhog Day” existence and, according to a study, have difficulty distinguishing one day from another.

Millions of adults have such repetitive days that 63 percent have to ask frequently what day it is, while 51 percent say so because their days are so similar.

A third of the 2,000 adults surveyed said they felt like they were on autopilot doing something familiar.

Two in ten now admit to drifting through life regularly without worrying about what they’re doing.

And 81 percent say their days repeat over the past 18 months, with the days of the week being the most cyclical.

However, 54 percent said they would be happy to see the same day over and over again if it were their perfect day.

Having good weather, being on vacation and not having to work on the ingredients for the perfect day.

A spokeswoman for Lottoland, who conducted the research into the Cash4Life draw, said: “It’s easy to get stuck in the cycle of life, especially when the same things have to be done every day.

“But it’s interesting to see how many people would actually be happy to experience exactly the same 24 hours over and over again if it were their most beautiful day – variety doesn’t always seem to be the spice of life!

“When it comes to achieving the perfect Groundhog Day, it looks like a stroke of luck could make all the difference because things like going on vacation and not having to work are high on everyone’s list.”

OnePoll’s survey found that the most important things British people do the same way every day are eating, showering and getting dressed.

Up to one in six people eat the same breakfast every day, and another 68 percent say they repeat the same meals regularly.

But there are some aspects that Brits like about their routine – like feeling organized, disliked change, and managing work patterns.

And 48 percent said they had a fixed daily routine, with the younger generation (18 to 24 year olds) preferring a daily routine the most.

Half even said they were afraid of change, a third said they were in a comfortable lane, and 21 percent felt too afraid to change their schedule.

Every third Brit watches an episode of a boxing set on television every evening

In addition, 28 percent cannot remember the last time they did something spontaneously, and 6 percent never do anything unplanned.

But 54 percent would like more spontaneity, but they are often slowed down by things that are too expensive, too little time and a lack of ideas.

For spontaneous ventures, going out to eat, going for a walk and day trips are the most common spontaneous activities – and six percent even quit their job spontaneously.

The spokeswoman said: “It is surprising to see that the 18- to 24-year-olds are most likely to want a regular daily routine. We have to become more spontaneous as we age!

“And for those looking to add a little more excitement to their daily lives, waking up to £ 1,000 each morning could be just the thing.”

Lottolands Cash4Lifewhich gives the winners £ 1000 a day for their lives is now drawn daily.


  1. Food – 44 percent
  2. Showers – 40 percent
  3. Getting dressed – 38 percent
  4. Cooking – 31 percent
  5. Television (for example, one episode of a boxing set every night) – 30 percent
  6. Cleaning – 29 percent
  7. Going to work – 27 percent
  8. Go for a walk – 25 percent
  9. Preparation for work – 25 percent
  10. Shopping – 23 percent


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