How Much Time Do You Have Left?

Hello Everyone,

So I was sitting down yesterday and thinking about my activities for the week and what I needed to get done, then scheduling out my time and two thoughts occurred to me that I wanted to share with you.

The first thought was a quote that I heard a long time ago… I think from Earl Nightingale….which was his response when someone asked him a question.  The question was “How do successful people manage their time?”  Earl answered the question “Successful people don’t manage time, no one can, successful people manage events.”

In other words, time is the great equalizer.  Everyone has 24 hours per day.  Period.  No one can change that.  Time is one excuse that people use that really is no excuse, we all have the same amount of time, it is what we do with our time that matters.

This led me to the second thought.  A thought that took me out of managing day to day activities, and instead put me into the mindset of how am I spending my life.

What was the second thought?  How much time do I have left.  So I looked up the average life expectancy of an American.  The number was 77.9 yrs.   Now women do live a little longer than men, but for the purposes of this article we will use this number.

So take 77.9 years and subtract it from your current age.  This is approximately how long you have left, if you are the average American.  (I personally plan on living much longer and healthier than the average American, and taking my family with me.  And you can too if you follow the 5 principles of health!)

Ok, so know you have an idea of how many years you have left.  Lets use a 40 year old as an example.  If you subtract 40yrs from 77.9 that leaves us with 37.9 years left.  But wait, we are not done.  We have to figure in the following:

Approximately 33% of our time will be spent sleeping:  Thats 12.5 years this person with 25.4 years of activity
Approximately 20% of our time will be spent on mandatory activites (eating, bathroom, paying bills, etc):  7.58 years leaving 17.82 years.

So after figuring in sleeping, eating, bathroom breaks, and other activities that we cannot avoid then the average 40 year old has 17.82 years left!

That shocked me, I Am 40 YEARS OLD!  This make is very important to me to two things! (and hopefully you too..)

#1:  Cherish everyday and make sure that I spend everyday doing the things that I want to do, with the people that I want to do it with! I love what I do for a living, even though I work 50 hours+ per week (yes, I actually do have a lot of work to do when I am not in the office) I love it.  I love my family and love spending time with them.  These are the two biggest items that fill my day and I am thankful for every minute of it!  (Are you happy with what you do for a living?  If you work 8 hours per day, that comes out to an average of 23% of your life…figure that in.  If you dont love your job, you may want to consider changing!)

#2:  Everyday live a lifestyle which makes it possible to expand my time, not shorten it.  In otherwords, make each day a deposit in my health bank account instead of a withdrawel.  How do I accomplish this?  By following the 5 principles that we have been talking about:

1.  Get adequate high quality sleep (non drug/medication induced)
2.  Get adequate and appropriate exercise
3.  Eat a healthy diet full of nutrient rich foods.
4.  Maintain a positive mental attitude (listen to or read something uplifting daily…more on this tomorrow)
5.  Maintain a healthy functioning nervous system through regular Chiropractic adjustments.  (More on this Wednesday.)

Figure out how much time you have left and evaluate how you are spending your days.  The last thing that you want to happen is that you wake up one morning and wonder…”Where has all of my time gone?”

Have a great day.  I hope to see you at the office this week!

Dr. Price

(Dr. Price is a Chiropractor serving the Fort Walton Beach Community.  Dr. Price has had much success in treating patients suffering from Low Back Pain, Neck Pain, Headaches, Whiplash (or other injuries suffered in a car accident).  Utilizing his nonsurgical spinal decompression technologies, Dr. Price has helped many patients find long term relief from chronic pain conditions such as sciatica, spinal degeneration, herniated discs, buldging discs, and arthritis.  You can find Dr. Price in Fort Walton Beach by visiting or call his office at 850-862-2224.)


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