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Before you attack your daily to-do list, the designer recommends this simple, selfless task.
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Diane von Furstenburg and Jack Dorsey (Photo:

We recently had the pleasure of hearing Diane von Furstenberg (mother of the wrap dress) and Jack Dorsey (the father of Twitter) banter during a casual Q&A.

Von Furstenberg confided about how she starts her day, “I send one e-mail that doesn’t benefit me at all.” The revelation of her simple daily practice elicited actual ahh’s from the audience. (And this was at a Fast Company conference, not a spiritually infused one.)

The designer explained that the e-mail could be the introduction of an artist to a potential patron saint or something as simple, direct, and appreciated as a compliment.

We love the idea of this daily practice. While we can’t all change someone’s life with one e-mail the way Von Furstenberg can, we can all help someone’s daily happiness quotient (and our own karma) by adopting this ritual.

So ditch the to-do list when you sit down to write your first e-mail of the day, and instead think about who and how you can help. (Then proceed with your coffee and the morning onslaught of your inbox.)