I’m reading 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management by Kevin Kruse and enjoying it. One of the first things Kevin talks about is the limited number of minutes in a day and how that is one of the only things that you have that you can never get back. He also had a part in the book listing off some of the things you can do in one minute. If you think about it, you can do a lot in one minute, and some of those things are far more valuable than others. Here are some lists I have come up with.

Highly valuable things I can do in one minute:

  • Tell my wife I love her
  • Show my kids attention and affection
  • Write an encouraging note or email
  • Pray
  • Meditate
  • Read one-page of a book that can impact me
  • Think
  • Rest
  • Declutter my desk or some other flat surface
  • Send an encouraging text to a friend
  • Write out ten things I’m thankful for

Less valuable things I often do in one minute (or more):

  • Play a smartphone game
  • Read an article I don’t care about
  • Veg out to a video I don’t care about
  • Surf Facebook, Twitter, etc.

I think you get the idea. Kevin’s point is that successful people are aware of how they spend their minutes. And, they choose to spend those minutes on things that matter and move the ball forward rather than things that don’t. I’m learning to be more aware of how I spend my minutes.

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