Years ago I talked with a therapist and expressed how I tried to be efficient with my daily tasks. I told him how I dove-tailed many chores, and even kept a basket at the stairway to collect items that needed to go up the next time I went.
"Stop being efficient, " he told me.
"You could use a few extra trips up the stairs."
But he was right. And I thought of him yesterday as I did laundry -- making a trip up the stairs after each load, and back down the stairs with the next.
Often the least efficient way for chores (and transportation) is the most efficient for our health.