Tuesday, September 18, 2018
First of all, let me start by saying, I used to run all of the errands and dread it because I was just doing too much. So, if you are in that stage of life, I understand. I took a long, hard look at how I was spending my time and I started working smarter, not harder when it came to errands.
Here are my tips:
-Treat yourself to a drink so you have stamina.
-Be organized. Go to the Dollar Tree once a month and buy your birthday cards, anniversary cards, and sadly, stock up on sympathy cards. Have a supply of stamps at your house. At the beginning of the month, I list all of the birthdays I need to buy for and try to have things ready well in advance. This year, I was bad. I usually get my August and September birthdays ready in the summer and this year I didn’t. We have 5 family birthdays in September and I found myself running to get gift cards, cards at The Dollar Tree more than twice in one week.
-Don’t just buy the bare minimum. If you want to drive yourself crazy, buy the smallest thing of contact lens solution, only 4 rolls of toilet paper at a time, and a tiny bag of dog food. Try to make your life easier by buying two of each toiletry item, and a bigger supply of things you use every day. *Now, if you have a space problem or you are on a fixed income, you may not have the luxury of stocking up.
-Bundle errands together. If you know you have to go to a particular place, what else is nearby that you can do at the same time?
-Order what you can online. Remember that your time is worth something – it’s a very valuable commodity.
-Make errands fun by taking the whole family, within reason. Don’t go when they are hungry or tired and don’t try to do too much. We used to do this when our twin boys were little. We would be playful and have fun in Home Depot, Costco, or wherever. Your attitude is infectious. You will miss the days when they can fit in a cart.
-Go on errands with just your spouse. We go to Costco together and enjoy talking in the car and looking at things together.
-Play music or a podcast in the car. It changes your mood!
-Be grateful that you can run errands. Some people physically or financially can’t do what you are doing. Whenever I want to complain, I try to this of this.
-Prioritize. What is most urgent?
-Don’t try to do too much in one day. Do try to do some things during the week so that you don’t dread Saturdays.
What tips do you have? How do you handle errands?
Thanks for reading!