- Answer five emails if well-caffeinated and undistracted. Otherwise it might take fifty-five.
- Read a very short story, unless you end up looking for other books by the same author and meandering the internet instead.
- Plan the day's schedule, unless planning involves getting started on the schedule, in which case you'll never end.
- Make coffee. That helps with the well-caffeinated bit.
- Drink coffee. That counts as distraction.
- Make tea, though deciding between coffee and tea can take more than five minutes on its own, so I'm not sure that counts.
- Make a decision--probably not.
- Make a snap decision, perhaps.
- Buy a book, but let me into a bookstore and I'll be there for an hour or more.
- Buy a book as long as the line's not too long at the checkout.
- Buy an ebook because there's no line.
- Read a bedtime story at the end of the day, then spend fifty-five minutes getting the kids to stop playing.
- Tell a bedtime story, then spend fifty-five minutes writing it down and more on editing. Then find a publisher... allow five years... and then sell a bedtime story book to your friends.
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