“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. ”
The YouTube video “The Time You Have in Jelly Beans” has more than four million views and rightly so. The author, Zefrank 1, demonstrates visually how we spend time using jelly beans and the voice of Sad Cat Diary Guy explains the math. The message is effectively communicated, and the end poses provoking questions:
- What are you doing with your time?
- How much time do you have left?
- What if you had half that amount?
- What will you do with it?
- What are you going to do today?
In order to answer the questions I did the math, you know multiplication, division and percentages, and it is complicated for Baby Boomers. The statistics are based on a life expectancy of 79 years or 28,835 jellybeans, minus 5,475 jelly beans for the formative years, leaving 23,360 jelly beans to divvy up among must do activities. This is the breakdown.
Activity Jelly Beans Percentage of time
Sleeping 8,477 36%
Work 3,202 13%
TV Watching 2,676 11%
Food, etc 1,635 6%
Chores 1,576 6%
Community Service 720 3%
Attending others 564 2%
Personal Care 671 2%
These activities account for 83% of our time, leaving 3,839 beans to spend as we like. The message is clear; it is not a lot of jelly beans so spend them carefully.
Most Baby Boomers have about 5,110 jelly beans left; many are retired, so add the 13% previously allocated to work, to the 17% already designated to the area of do what you like, and life looks exciting, until you do the math.
It is not as difficult as the “New Math” of the 1980’s but it is tricky and there is a learning curve. Here is an example:
Retired, Dave has 5,110 jellybeans left, of which he plans to use 1533 for fun. He is invited to play pickle ball, and with the first serve falls, shatters his hip, and undergoes surgery. He now has a metal pin. How many jellybeans does Dave have remaining for leisure activities?
Please leave your answer in the comment section.
. . . . just saying
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Math was never my strong point,,,,but this is a clever way of looking at priorities!
Pat, I’m calling it , not new math but old math. Thanks for commenting, Claudia
Knowing Dave, He will eat 100 of those jelly beans sitting around waiting to heal.. Then he may try to take 100 of yours, 100 of Mr. Wondeful and a few from me.. With all the salt he puts on those beans he will outlive us all. so with all the beans left over and what he sneaks from you, Mr. Wonderful and me, I guess he will have approximately 5409 beans for leisure time.. You go Dave.. Anyway, Claudia said she had plent to loan you!! Now i Have to figure out what I have left if he takes my beans too!!! .. What have you started Claudia.. Mr Wonderfful, it’s time to take her fishing…
Marshal, Love your humor and it would be great if we could loan beans . . . just saying
Egad, I’m spending way too much time sleeping. Need to write and blog more!
Christine, My thought too, girlfriend. I’m rethinking this whole sleep thing and my belief that I’m not getting enough.
What a wonderful illustration….. I often used the analogy of a sand clock when I would speak with my regional sales managers. Thank you for a reminder of this wake up call. 🙂 May you use your beans wisely.
Susan, I like that, use your beans wisely. And today? I can do much better, luckily it is only noon . . . just saying