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The Work that Keeps on Giving


Article by Emily Mobley

Photography by Amanda Donaho

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Have you ever wished you had more time to do the things you love? To pursue your passions, spend time with your loved ones, or simply relax and recharge? It's a common desire, but often feels out of reach with our busy schedules and endless to-do lists. However, what if I told you that there are simple things you can do now that will keep working for you later, freeing up time and mental space for the things that matter most?

The key to maximizing your time and energy is to multiply your effort. Instead of focusing on tasks that only benefit you in the moment, think about the ones that will have long-term benefits. 

Here are some examples:

  • Meal prepping: Taking the time to plan and prepare your meals ahead of time can save you hours during the week. No more scrambling to figure out what to eat or resorting to unhealthy fast food options. Plus, meal prepping ensures that you're fueling your body with nutritious foods that will keep you energized and focused.
  • Lifting weights: While cardio may burn more calories in the moment, lifting weights builds muscle mass, which boosts your metabolism and burns more calories over time. Plus, strength training improves your overall health and reduces your risk of injury as you age.
  • Sleep: Getting enough sleep each night is crucial for your physical and mental health. Not only does it improve your mood and cognitive function, but it also helps your body repair and regenerate. Plus, when you're well-rested, you're more productive and efficient during the day.
  • Sunlight: Spending time outdoors and soaking up some sunshine has numerous health benefits. It boosts your vitamin D levels, improves your mood, and even helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Plus, being in nature has a calming effect on the mind and reduces stress.
  • Hydration: Drinking enough water each day is essential for your body to function properly. It helps regulate your temperature, flushes out toxins, and keeps your skin looking healthy. Plus, when you're properly hydrated, you're more alert and focused.

By focusing on these tasks that benefit you over time, you can free up mental space and energy to pursue the things you love. Instead of feeling drained and overwhelmed, you'll have the energy and focus to tackle your passions and goals.

Next time you're faced with a task, ask yourself: “How can I do something right now that will save me time later? That will give me the most benefit later?” By prioritizing long-term benefits, you'll be on your way to a more efficient, productive, and fulfilling life.

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