Volunteering Surprisingly Makes You Feel Like You Have More Free Time

February 25, 2015 12:34 PM

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Volunteering Surprisingly Makes You Feel Like You Have More Free Time

I spend most Sunday afternoons hanging out with elementary and middle school kids, simplifying fractions, playing Connect Four and getting reacquainted with the basic rules of spelling. I recently learned that these few hours may actually be the most productive of my week.

A couple of years ago, I started helping students with their homework as part of a volunteer program for a Brooklyn nonprofit called 826NYC, which aims to instill a love of writing in kids. The decision to spend some of my time doing unpaid work -- a decision I came to on a whim -- has been critical...

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