The One Thing

What is the most important thing on your to-do list? Do that first.

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(6) Esther Lubel, November 13, 2015 12:19 PM

One thing

Lori, wow you really open my eyes.
Today Rabah

(5) Louis, November 4, 2015 6:14 AM

I grew as a non practicing Jew. Didn't even go into a synagogue until I was fifty. I had no training at all, but listening to your comments things I thought were difficult just became simple. Thanks

(4) Dvirah, October 5, 2015 6:39 PM


There is a basic misunderstanding about multi-tasking. It is of course impossible to really concentrate on more than one task at a time. However, it is possible to work on several tasks in parallel when these tasks have "gap" sections where they run themselves. To illustrate, consider cooking. When preparing a dish, it is necessary to concentrate fully on what you are doing. But once put in the oven, or on to boil, etc. (the actual cooking part), there is a gap of time when you have done all you can do and it now runs on its own. This is time you can fill by turning to a second task, for example folding laundry, for the length of time needed for the dish to actually cook. (You can also take this time to study Torah!) It is the going back-and-forth between tasks that is multi-tasking; of course one concentrates fully on the task one is actually doing.

(3) Carl Smiley, October 4, 2015 9:02 PM

I enjoy so much listening to your vidios. I Am a retire Paramedic/Fire-fighter in Atl.,Ga. I live in an Orthodox community & this is the neighborhood where I grew up almost (60 years ago. I am legally blind and me & my Guide-dog attend Synagogue as often as possible. I have lost both parents in the past (2) years and since my brother's brain surgery several mths. ago, sometimes he does not know who I am. apoor excuse for a baal teshuvah that I was 20 years ago. Nonetheless, I enjoy hearing you on AISH,.COm.

(2) Harry Pearle, September 27, 2015 5:26 PM

THINK PAUSES 4 FOCUS needed every day

Interesting, but I don't know if you can lump everything into one THING. Everything in life can't be lined up, around one purpose....But I think we can try to PAUSE our THINKING to stay more focused...... We can pause to daven and study and help others (Torah, Avodah, Chesed, Avos 1.2)

Thanks, Lori. That was easy!

(1) Nancy, September 25, 2015 5:01 PM

Learning to read Hebrew.

Last year I started learning how to read Hebrew. I am proud to say that with practice, I am a better reader this year. Do I read as well as a rabbi? Not at all! However, practice makes progress. I plan to continue getting better.

Anonymous, October 4, 2015 12:50 PM

I agree

I'm a super busy single professional. I recently realized that after work, minus an hour to daven and reflect, I have 3 discretionary hours Monday-Thursday for all things; errands, housework, laundry, etc. it leaves no time for a relationship. I have a very early work day in a hospital and can't enjoy time outside of my house past 8pm. I keep shomer shabbos, that leaves only Sunday. I'm currently studying for self development positive psychology. Keeping gratitude journals, exercising, and trying to simplify in order to have more time for people and things I enjoy. It's very difficult. I wish I could work less and enjoy mitvots and learning. This is always my prayer. Not easy to pay the bills seems we need to find a way to live on much less in order to be time rich to enjoy the kind of things we were created to do. Just my opinion.


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