Although reading this article is a smart thing to do, it’s time to reconsider how you spend your days. Why? Based on a lifespan of 78 years, and the days you spend working, sleeping, brushing your teeth and watching TV in a lifetime, there might be less time to fill in doing the things you dream of…


Let me break down your 78 years of life into some basic activities:

Out of 78 years, you spend 25 years sleeping, based on a regular eight-hour sleep schedule.

You spend 1.5 years in the bathroom and 92 days on the toilet. Some spend more, others less; women spend another 1.5 years doing their hair.

Let’s consider some extra time for the haircuts, dentist appointments, the time you spend at home with a cold,… and add 2 years for all of this. Just for the sake of the exercise.

You spend 2.5 years cooking, and enjoying those meals for about 67 minutes a day. Or 3.66 years.

Based on a study, we spend about 40.000 hours driving/commuting in our life, presuming you started at the age of 18 until you reach your 78th birthday. That’s another 4.3 years of your life or 3 times to the moon and back.

You spend 1.1 years cleaning your apartment.

Love it or hate it, but based on a standard 40-hour work week, and a full-time job from age 20 to 65, you’ll be working 10.3 years of your life. That’s a lot of time in your life. I hope you enjoy your job. FYI: out of those 10.3 years, the average employee spends 5 years sitting at a desk and 2 years sitting in work meetings.

On top of that, the average person spends about 2.8 hours a day watching TV, or 9.1 years. Add another 2 hours a day reading articles like this one, checking Facebook, …and you’ll be spending close to 6 years on the internet.

Having fun? Let’s break this down into the amount of time in your life which is already taken, and the amount of time you have left to plan something with.

78 years of your life will look like this:
25 years: sleeping
10.3 years: working
4.3 years: commuting
6 years: internet
9.1 years: TV
3.6 years: cooking and cleaning
3.5 years: bathroom, hairdresser, being sick, dentist,…
10 years: baby and child years: not much planning, but rather following the path laid out for you

That brings it to 6.2 years to do whatever you want to do.
Doesn’t sound too appealing, right? It doesn’t have to be that bad though. If you love your work, whatever it is what you are doing, you can add those 10.3 years to the ‘fun things in life.’ The question is, are you happy with what you are doing in your life?

You have around 6.2 years to fill in your life. All the other 71.8 years are already filled in for you.
Make those 6.2 years count.



You spend 14 days of your life kissing. Kiss more.
You spend 48 days in your life having sex. A recent survey found that during the average sex session, foreplay lasts 7 minutes and intercourse 12 minutes.
You spend a total of 92 days on the toilet.
You spend 90% of your time indoors. That’s 71 out of your 78 years.

TheIndependentNomad Infographic 6.2 years

Sources:,, Mashable / Statista, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.



  1. Great post Giovanni! And it does look bleak when you break it down that way….that’s why my husband and I decided to become self-employed. Writing ebooks and doing some online tutoring and him having a leather home-based business gives us the freedom to do whatever we want, whenever we want. Though I absolutely loved working outside the home, it just took so much time away from the family. And since we’ve been working for ourselves the past 4 years, our lives have been much more…active and fun. We do more as a family, we are going to a lot more places for long weekends and destination vacation spots with no expectations of being back home for work. (Gotta keep the school schedule in mind though). We’re definitely working on adding more time to our “enjoy life” time. You only have this one….make it count. 🙂

  2. Awesome post. It really makes me think about the amount of time we really have. Actually inspired me to work towards getting out of my 9 to 5 job. Looking forward to more similar post.

    Chee Yang

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