Take a look at how your working life can be broken down into numbers. From your working hours to the money you earn and spend - they all add up.
It's often said we spend more time with our colleagues than anyone else but exactly how long do we spend clocked in? These figures are based on a 35-hour working week, an average of 253 working days a year, and an average retirement age of 64 years.
Based on the average commute of 18.64 miles, you will travel 216,932 miles over your lifetime just going to and from work. If you were to drive this distance all in one go, it would take you a year and three months and you'd have travelled... 91% of the way to the moon
You'll need a whole lot of fuel to take you that far - and it won't be cheap! You'll need a total of 17,241 litres of fuel which, based on today's average fuel price, will cost you more than 12 fortnight-long all-inclusive trips to the Caribbean, or...
You spend an average of seven and a half hours a day sat next to your colleagues.
Compare that with the eight hours and forty minutes you spend out of work but not commuting or sleeping, and you only get an hour and ten minutes extra ‘free time’. That’s just...
You'll spend 10,086 hours procrastinating
...and 2,909 hours on the loo! That's nearly twice as long as it takes to learn to fly a commercial jet liner!
If you're a smoker, you'll spend a total of 317 days smoking - that's 9% of your working life!
A watched pot never boils... especially when you'll spend a total of 582 hours waiting for the kettle to boil throughout your life!
The average worker drinks 2.4 coffees a day which, over a working life,
soon adds up to a whopping 28,088 cups of the good stuff!
Eating the same thing every day can be a bit boring, but if you were to have a sandwich every day for lunch, you'd end up scoffing 585 loaves of bread. If you stacked those sarnies, they'd measure a total of...
Some people are savvy, some people prefer convenience. However when it comes to lunches, spending a little time making your own lunch can really make a difference.
That makes eating out...
...more expensive than a packed lunch!
You might grumble, but taxes help the world go round. Still, it's a bit harder to swallow when you realise that, over your life, you'll have handed over more than the average UK house price to the tax man.
You might be pleased to know that many of us will end up as millionaires...
Just not all in one go. Based on the UK's average salary, you'll end up with...
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