I just read a news article about the grilling that Hillary Clinton got at congressional hearings lately. One of the questioner couldn’t understand why she did not respond to cable citing some staff level concern. In answer she stated that the State Department gets about 1.5 million cables a year and they are all addressed to her. I hope that answered the person’s question but I seriously doubt that it did.
The article got me to thinking about the time we have to do things. There are about 0.5 million minutes in a year. If Hillary spent the entire year at her desk and if she could read and digest a cable in thirty seconds she just might have been able to get through them all. That is if she didn’t sleep, eat, go to the bathroom or anything else.
So we all have about 525,000 minutes a year to spend on what we choose. In the age of gigabytes (1,000,000,000) and such that is not a very big number anymore. Most of us spend, or at least should spend, about 175,000 of those minutes sleeping and about 80,000 eating, grooming and such. Those of you poor guys that still are working spend about 200,000 minutes either going and coming or on the job.
So, what does that leave for everything else? About 70,000 minutes for a years worth of personal activities. That’s about 12% of our time. How you use that is very much up to you. Here is what Thomas Edison said about time:
Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose. ~ Thomas Edison