20 ways to serve in 4 minutes or less

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Yesterday, a frequent reader told me that finding time to do “5 minute favors” had made a big impact on their personal (and even professional) life. They suggested that I do more posts around the concept of micro-service efforts. Though quick and easy, these efforts make a difference. And they’re perfect for those with big hearts but minimal free time.

If you were with me in January the first 10 ideas below may seem familiar but the last 10 are fresh and new.

20 ways to serve in 4 minutes or less

  1. Tell someone a joke. Laughter is good for the heart.
  2. Save someone from a work conversation they aren’t enjoying. “Hey I hate to interrupt, but can I borrow you for two minutes.”
  3. Actually take your reusable bags into the store with you.
  4. Actually take your reusable cup into Starbucks with you.
  5. Contact an elected official via social media to quickly advocate for a cause you believe in.
  6. Pray for someone.
  7. Make a small online donation to a charity you support.
  8. Teach someone something. Anything.
  9. Text someone a specific compliment. (e.g. “I admire how much patience you have with me.”)
  10. Give someone you love your undivided attention.
  11. Hold a door open and wait while multiple people pass through.
  12. Take time to write a supportive comment on Facebook.
  13. Hug someone.
  14. Let that busy person behind you go ahead of you in line.
  15. Leave change in a vending machine.
  16. Pay the toll for the person behind you.
  17. Discuss with a younger relative a piece of your family history.
  18. Cheer loudly for someone else’s kid.
  19. Give away an extra umbrella on a rainy day.
  20. If you love them. Tell them.

What are other ideas you have?

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