Only Have a Minute? Do This.

So often I find myself putting things off, because I only have a minute. Well, turns out there are quite a few things I could be doing. When I stopped to consider what I could do in a minute here is what I came up with.

  1. Wash a couple of dishes.
  2. Make a bed.
  3. Start a load of laundry.
  4. Sweep the kitchen floor.
  5. Give a hug.
  6. Put a pair of shoes away.
  7. File a paper.
  8. Answer one email.
  9. Wipe the table.
  10. Water a plant.
  11. Say, “I love you.”
  12. Write a quick, encouraging note on someone’s Facebook wall.
  13. Change the toilet paper roll.
  14. Dust a piece of furniture.
  15. Throw away junk mail.
  16. Empty a trash can.
  17. Put away some toys.
  18. Give your spouse or child a shoulder rub.
  19. Wipe the bathroom mirror.
  20. Quickly clean the toilet bowl with a brush.
  21. Tickle your kids for a good laugh.
  22. Wipe the sink.
  23. Smile. And then smile again.
  24. Send a text to let someone know you are thinking about them.
  25. Take a picture to capture an ordinary moment.
  26. Add an item to the grocery list.
  27. Go to the bathroom. (I’m a mom, what can I say?)
  28. Pick up and quickly put away five items.
  29. Pay a bill.
  30. Put an item in your give-away box.
  31. Think on a truth about God.
  32. Put a book back on the bookshelf.
  33. Hang up a wet towel on the hook.
  34. Restock the diaper bag.

Don’t let “only having a minute” stop you from doing something. It is in adding these minutes together that we get things done. And I don’t know about you, but if I did all these things in a day, I would feel like it was a really profitable day. And that would only take 34 minutes!

What do you do when you only have a minute?


  1. I like to see how many things I can pick up in a minute. I make it into a contest.

  2. Breathe!! My chiropractor said taking the time to concentrate on a good, deep breath is so beneficial for your lungs, brain and body as a whole.

    • Breathe–that is a great one! Definitely taking a big deep breath helps me when I am feeling frustrated or irritated. That is interesting how it helps us physically too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Reminds me of this quote I think of often:
    ” I have only just a minute. Only sixty seconds in it. Forced upon me, can’t refuse it. Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it. But it’s up to me to use it. I must suffer if I lose it. Give account if I abuse it, Just a tiny little minute but eternity is in it.” C. Warren

  4. I love the “go to the bathroom” one!! It’s so true. Many times I’ve gone late in the day realizing I had needed to go since midday but hadn’t had the chance!!!

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