The Weeks of Our Life: Why We Should Measure The Time We Have Left 116

weeks of our life

I’ll start with something you already know.

Time is our most precious possession. It’s a finite resource, and as such – we should cherish it.

According to some people, however, it’s way too much and there’s enough time for everything. So they decide to spend each day doing what they feel like doing, indulging in activities that make them feel good, take no time, are easy and comfortable.
But soon, they end up having almost no time because they’ve wasted so much of it without having done anything meaningful.

Others always complain about not having enough time (during the day and in general) to do all the stuff they should and want to do.
And instead of actually doing at least some of it (maybe the stuff that’s most important to them), they spend so much time thinking about all the tasks and projects waiting to be completed, they compare themselves to others who somehow manage to reach some level of productivity, they are negative about it, feel like life is unfair, and so on.
And they too don’t do anything meaningful and don’t make the most out of each moment of the day, and thus of their life.

But time is our most precious thing. Its value is beyond measure as it’s given to us just like that, and we can do whatever we want with it.

Yes, we all know that.

But why do we keep taking it for granted then and not doing anything positive, productive, beautiful, creative, healthy and passionate with each minute of the day?

Maybe because we’re not reminded often enough of how finite this resource is…

A daily reminder of how limited our time is

The harsh truth is that this time is going to be over some day. We don’t know when exactly (although we have a vague idea), and we don’t really need to know that.
But it’s important to be aware of that fact.

Today is a gift. And after it, there will be many more. Just like this one.
But one day, there won’t be another one. What then?

The point of all this is to prevent you from being full of regrets, never realizing your potential, never getting things done, always being under the control of your bad habits, and ending your life in disappointment.
And a simple trick you can do to skip all these unpleasant feelings, is to have the time you have left in front of you and see it daily.

The weeks of our life

We can do that in days too, or months. But I think measuring life in weeks is the best choice.

time we have left

That’s a picture of the life of a person from his birth to his 90th year (considering everything goes fine and he lives this long).
It’s something the guys from (a pretty interesting, educational and unusual blog) created.

Click on it to zoom.
Now eliminate all the weeks you’ve already experienced. And fill them with color.
Then, look at the rest.
That’s all you have.

Originally, it would be 4680 weeks. But considering you’ve lived for some time, it’s less now.

It can be a short time but it can also be more than enough to make the best of them, achieve a lot, feel great and have fun, and eventually leave something behind.

It’s how you choose to spend each week that defines your overall performance on this planet.

And before you get sad or depressed because of that (as that’s how most people react once they’re reminded of how short life may be and how long they’ve got left), realize that this can be a good thing too.

It may open your eyes and – if you look at this picture (preferably have it printed out) daily – you can start living consciously, doing more important things with your days, eliminating all unproductive activities and finally focusing on your goals and the things you’ve always wanted to do/have/be.

What can you do right now with the weeks you have left?

Here are the 3 best ways to make the most out of each week:

• enjoy it;
• build something to make the next one better;
• help others enjoy their weeks.

And here’s more advice on what to do so that you can start living your life to the fullest and be mindful of everything you invest time in:

1. Accept all the weeks that are gone, wasted or not appreciated without feeling bad for them (as this can only ruin your current week).
2. Self-awareness – know where you are now in your life, what you have and don’t have.
3. Reflect.
4. Take the decision to change – your approach to the weeks you’ve got left will change once you decide to take this journey to a more meaningful life.
5. Make a step-by-step plan on how to spend the rest of your weeks.
6. Go back to the calendar (the picture) in the end of each week and measure how you’re doing.
7. Accept it’s a process and love every part of it.

Tim from suggests that you use such a calendar of the weeks of your life (which he also sells in the store of the site) to:

• highlight weeks and segment them into life chapters;
• set goals and make a mark on a week in the future and see how long you’ve got left;
• feel good because after a bad week there comes a fresh one as each empty box is an opportunity given to you.

So what do you think about that strategy – to use such a reminder and see the time you have left every single day?
Do you think it will work for you?

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health 20

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health

While most people pay the most attention to their physical health and work hard to achieve a healthy body, they often overlook the potential mental health issues that may have been well tucked away.

Understanding and paying sufficient attention to your mental health issues is an action that should be prioritized in every situation. What could seem like the simplest mental health problem to you might actually be affecting your life in more ways that you can imagine.

Here are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t ignore the signs.

1. It Is Way More Common Than You Believe.

You might think that mental illness is not present in many situations but the truth is that almost everyone has or is facing such an issue.

In fact, one in five Americans suffers from some type of mental illness. The saddest part about this though, is that very few of them seek treatment.

The person affected by the illness can even be one of your family members. Sadly, symptoms are easy to hide and even people who are severely depressed can mask their health issues from their families and avoid getting help.

2. It Can Also Affect Your Physical Health.

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It is known from a long time ago that the connection between the mind and the body is strong. Any sort of physical distress can have a huge effect on your capability to work or focus on things around you. Following this same rule, any sort of mental problem can easily affect your physical health too.

The first few things that a mental illness will affect are your mood, energy levels, sleep cycles, appetite and quite possibly your sex drive. Along with these problems and as a result of them, your immune system can also be affected and that can lead to more often colds and an overall impairment of your physical health.

People who face mental illnesses are often left unmotivated and drained of energy.

The illness blurs your mind so much that you have no energy left to function properly in your everyday life. Ask any person that has faced a major depression and they will tell you just how much they let themselves go and how they stopped caring about simple everyday things, such as brushing their teeth or taking a shower.

Physical symptoms won’t take long to appear and you will simply keep increasing your risk factor of a number of health problems such as heart disease or heart palpitations, insomnia and fatigue. It is very important that you ask for help if you feel such symptoms arising. Make sure that you consult a board-certified practitioner to be certain that a mental problem is not the cause of them.   

3. It Plays an Important Role in Your Success.

One of the most frequent symptoms of a mental illness is the lack of motivation. You just feel so tired of everything, you find that you are not interested in what others are doing and you just end up losing interest in things you used to love.

The lack of mental health can, therefore, play a huge role in your success. No matter if you are a college student, an employee or a working parent, you can easily lose sense of what’s important to you and hinder your success in whatever role you might have.

In whichever situation you might be, you will definitely need to be able to be creative and productive. Your success in your studies or your workplace might be your only source of stability and income.

An untreated mental illness can be the reason behind your reduced productivity, your lack of creativity and your overall negative attitude towards your work.

Keep in mind that a large number of homeless people are those who are suffering from a mental illness but sadly left it untreated.

Looking for help and letting the mental health professionals guide you can take a lot of weight off your shoulders. It can help you see things from a different perspective and give you the courage and motivation you need to get back on track and find yourself again.

4. It Can Affect Your Relationship with Your Peers.

Most people who face a mental illness find themselves intimidated by social situations. Even spending time with friends or family can seem like a very tiring or pointless task and they will often opt out of it. It is important to remember that this does not apply only to depressed people, as many might think, but to a large area of mental issues.

Anxiety disorders can alienate a person from their circle because of the constant fear of something going wrong, of someone not liking them or of an overall new situation. It is very common for the solution to your mental health issue to be holding the key to you getting back your behavioral health.

Mental illness can also affect your relationship with your family.

Apart from losing contact with people you probably care about, you might even end up harming them more than you think. It is not rare to see a person struggle both financially but also emotionally when it comes to helping family members that are battling mental illness.

Another very important reason to not take your mental health lightly is for the sake of your children. It is very often reported that children of people who struggle with a mental illness are abused or neglected. That can play a huge role in their lives and affect their entire lives, from childhood to adulthood.

Make Your Mental Health an Everyday Goal!

There are many places to turn to for help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, otherwise known as NAMI, can be a great place to start. Through it, you can find a suitable medical center that will provide you with the suitable health services to help you regain your mental health.

It is important that you are not ashamed of your personal struggles or mental issues. Everything is part of the human nature and the fact that there are so many people available to help comes to show just how human this situation is and how much attention we, as a society, should be paying to this important issue.


Leona Henryson is a professional writer and passionate blogger. Her goal is to help people achieve their personal self-development and mental wellness.