Calculate Lifespan:
The Time of Your Life

Why calculate lifespan?

The lifespan of each person is subject to many factors, such as health provision, culture, government type, education, and others. In the "time of your life" article I wanted to help the reader understand that his (or her) lifetime is limited, and that we can easily become used to the passing of the years. Most of us can think of a time when we've realised that we've wasted a day, maybe two days, maybe a week. We seldom agree that a year has been totally wasted, and yet we can easily lose the importance of time in our life.

Let me show you another way to help you understand why it's important to calculate lifespan:

In the example of the average male born in the United States he lives for 75.29 years.

If he wastes 5 days a year (i.e. 5 days out of 365) then over a lifetime he has wasted

5 daysX75.29 years = 376 days
or 1 year and 11 days

I suppose the real questions for you are:

  • have you wasted 5 days or more in a year?
  • do you find yourself wasting time regularly?
  • how many "years" do you think you waste in your limited life?
It's maybe time to start calculating?

No-one particularly likes to think of themselves as wasting time, and for those people who drift through life like a cork on water I suspect it is less of a problem. But for those people who want success and create or discover a purpose for their life, there is a tendency to begrudge every wasted moment. The meaning, purpose and passion of their life is just too precious to allow that. Time appreciation and time management are necessarily important to the person seeking success.

The figures for my article came from the CIA world factbook, which I use as much for convenience as it provides reasonably trustworthy data. I could have used other resources to calculate lifespan, at say the United Nations it's just that extracting the data was more difficult, and there are not greatly significant differences in the data for the purposes of the article. Hey, it saved me time!

The data below has been extracted from the CIA world factbook, and gives the life expectancy for some of the better known countries around the world, if your country is missing from the list then I apologise for the inconvenience - you will need to look up your country's details yourself.

The calculation for the equivalent days was a fairly straight forward task. Multiply the life expectancy figure by 365.25 (the 0.25 allows for leap years) and round to the nearest whole figure. Thus, to calculate lifespan for our average male born in the United States, in 'days':

life expectancy
days in a year
= 27499.6725 days
rounded to
27500 days

Here are the other figures for you to play with, and it may help you to remember that

  • 1,000 days is roughly 2 and three-quarter years or 2 years 9 months
  • 10,000 days is roughly 27 and a third years or 27 years 4 months

Life expectancy at birth
(Estimated figures 2008)


New Zealand:
South Africa:
United Kingdom:
United States:

Years Days
77.86 28438
78.65 28727
77.68 28373
76.11 27799
76.66 28000
77.13 28172
78.33 28610
43.30 15815
76.37 27894
75.29 27500
Years Days
83.75 30590
83.81 30612
84.23 30765
82.26 30045
81.98 29943
83.20 30389
82.25 30042
41.42 15129
81.46 29753
81.13 29633

Some More Useful Information here:

How To Live a fulfilling life

How To Live a fulfilling life
Live a fulfilling life through powerful traits like Time Management, Goal Setting, Organizing & Decluttering, Outsourcing & Simplifying Your Life

This site is run by my friends Raymond and Karin Le Blanc. It has some pretty useful information, especially on time management and dealing with procrastination. And they are still adding more!

Link to Time of your Life in Success Foundations

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