17 Useful Things in a Moment


Exactly what is a moment? Does it translate into approximately a minute? Or is there really any definite period of time assigned to this word? After duly researching this, the conclusion is that the ‘moment’ known today does not have a definite fixed duration, other than being very brief (kind of disappointing, right?). But the original use of the word put it at around ninety seconds. This leads one to consider just how many common things one could do in a moment (in its original use) or less. While this list is hardly exhaustive, it does demonstrate the amount that can be done in one or more moments of time (pun intended).

1. Drink a Glass of Water

Unless you are one of those types who likes to extensively ponder over the best arrangement all of the contents in your living room or the origin of chicken noodle soup, while drinking a beverage, this is a relatively simple task.

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2. Make Your Bed

For the average person who actually does make his bed regularly, this can be done, surprisingly, in no more than a moment.

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3. Empty a Trash Can

Another simple and quick task for those in an average single-family home. (Of course, if you have a small apartment or a RV, you could easily empty all of your trashcans, with maybe a few seconds to spare!)

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4. Tie Your Shoes

At least, for those who do have shoelaces in their shoes to tie (which isn’t as common anymore), this is, or at least should be, only a moment’s effort.

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5. Water a Plant

This is one moment that your plant will thank you for, especially if you are not a born horticulturalist.

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6. Take Your Vitamins

A very good idea. Possibly an even better idea if you combine it with the first item on this list. That’s two accomplishments in one moment!

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7. Sign Your Name

Now if you majored in calligraphy or something similar, this one may be a challenge for you to do in a mere moment.

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8. Take a Short Walk

Since you are only going for a moment, this is a beneficial effort that could even be done indoors. Stop reading this blog post and do this now! (It will be waiting for you when you return).

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9. Watch a Woodpecker Peck for 1,800 Times

If it were pecking continuously for a moment’s time, and you actually counted each peck, that is roughly how much it would total up to.

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10. Sing a National Anthem

Something, again, that you could do while you are taking that short walk mentioned earlier. (That is, if you continued reading and did not stop at #8, like you were told to do.)

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11. Put on Sunblock

This also might have been a good idea to do before you went on that short walk. Of course, you could have done this while walking and singing a national anthem. (Hey, that would be three things that could be done in one moment’s time!).

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12. Go Through an Automatic Car Wash

OK—this is something you probably shouldn’t be doing while taking that short walk earlier (then again, with all of the extras now being added on to a car wash, this might not fit entirely in a moment anyway. So hold off on those nasty emails—I know… I’m pushing it with this suggestion.)

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13. Wash Your Hands

A good idea after putting on all of that sunblock earlier, and definitely not a bad habit to be practicing, considering how short a time it takes to do this. Now, if you are doing this after you just rebuilt the engine of your vehicle, this might very well take a little longer than a moment.

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14. Bake Cookies on a Sandwich Grill or Waffle Iron

A rather novel idea that really could take only a moment (provided the cookies are already made, and the grill or iron is already hot. But, hey, those are just trivial little details that will only take a few more moments of your day).

15. Stand on One Foot

Now here’s a relatively easy one, provided you stay on that foot and don’t fall over. If you really want to utilize this particular moment to the max, try hopping at the same time. (Just don’t forget, and try riding your bike with just one foot!) Extra credit: Stand on no feet.

16. Hug Someone You Love

This probably will be the best moment of your day. After the previous item, this might not only be welcome, but quite necessary in order to stand again on both feet!

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17. In the Final Moment of the Day – Brush Your Teeth

This may be at the end of the list, but it’s still just as important as #13. (Just don’t get them mixed up—not everyone appreciates breath that is hand-soapy fresh!)

Yet there is something else not on this list that will set your life on the right course for eternity, and it can easily take just a moment, too. That is, to give your heart and life to Jesus Christ. There is no multi-step list or long grueling pilgrimage you must make. You don’t need to repeat a mantra, or take an extensive series of classes. You don’t even have to jump up and down while screaming at some devil a dozen times. All that is required is a simple prayer of faith.

In fact, you can’t do anything else but pray, and then believe in faith that He has accepted you. Whatever you try to do to make yourself right with God beforehand will only be rejected by Him. He doesn’t desire your good works or any of these other ‘efforts.’ He only wants you.

There will never be any real lasting peace and happiness in your life without Jesus Christ. You might feel happy and satisfied right now, but deep down inside of you, there is a longing and emptiness that can only be satisfied by a real relationship with Him. If you let Him operate in your life, you will find stability, even when others around you are falling apart.

The best part is that He will never fail you. Others around you, even your own family, may turn on you or desert you, but He never will. What He says in His Word will happen. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

To reject God and His Son Jesus is to put your life and future totally into your own hands. Even worse is the fact that you are putting your death and the eternity that lies afterward into your own hands as well. This is a feat that becomes an impossibility, because you no longer have any control over your future once you have died. A life without God results in an eternity with the Devil in Hell. So why not take less than a moment and pray this simple prayer. Believe in faith that He will take care of your future on Earth and throughout eternity.


Dear God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and have violated your laws. I realize that my wrongdoings have separated me from you. I want You to know that I am sorry, and I ask for Your forgiveness.

I believe in faith that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died for me, was resurrected, and is alive today, and He that hears my prayers. I would like to open my heart and allow Jesus to come inside to become my Lord and my Savior.

I want Him to control my life and I ask that He would rule and reign in my heart, so that His perfect will would be done me. I ask all of this in the name of Jesus. Amen.


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{Editor’s note: This article was originally posted as What Takes Less Than a Moment? on 6/6/2017]

[Additional image credits: Opening photo by aneczka-ja from Freeimages.com; Image of glass with water by Guillermo de Casanova from Pixabay.com; Image of man drinking water by RDNE Stock Project on Pexels]