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We can’t deny it – running errands is a chore. This tedious task consumes all of your free time and leaves you with little else to do, such as relax, work out or simply take a nice drive. We get it. Being out and about with humanity – long queues, traffic, crowds, noise – after all that, who doesn’t like some peace and quiet?
We generally sigh at the thought of running errands and deal with it with a resigned attitude. It’s a necessary evil. After all, someone has to go grocery shopping, pick up the dry cleaning, do the bank work, and pick up the medical prescription from the pharmacy, right?
There are a hundred things you have to do everyday and errands just add to the stress. However, there are ways in which you can avoid that stress if you do things a little differently and be able to focus more on more important things.
6 Ways to Reduce the Stress of Running Errands
1. Make a Shopping List
Keeping a running list of tasks that you have to do makes things way easier. For one, it helps you remember what needs to be done so that you don’t have to waste time thinking about what you may have forgotten and can avoid additional trips and unnecessary expenses. It also lets everyone in the family contribute. Make the list of errands accessible to the entire family. This list can be on a whiteboard stuck to the refrigerator where everyone can see it. Every time someone remembers an errand, they can jot it down and erase it once it’s done.
2. Run Errands During the Week
More than 90 per cent of the population prefers to run their errands during the weekends, when the whole world is out and about. This means that stores will be packed, lines will be longer and let’s not even get started on the traffic. Running errands on weekdays will get you in and out in half the time. If you’re working, then try going out during your coffee or lunch breaks. If you’re taking care of the kids at home, one parent can stay with them, while the other drives to the store and if you’re a single parent, leave the kids with the grandparents or the neighbours for an hour, or till the time you can strike at least a few things off your list of tasks.
3. Music On; World Off
Listening to some good, soothing music while running errands can do wonders for your stress levels, especially if you have to stand and wait in long queues. If you’re not a music person, switch to podcasts or an audiobook while you wait for the line to end. You will be more relaxed and the time will fly as you get engrossed in the story or the song.
4. Buy in Bulk
If you want to spend less time running errands , buy your things in bulk. Barring food, items like toilet paper, paper towels, dog food, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, etc. can be bought in bulk and stored for use whenever required.
5. Run Several Errands at Once
Make this your errand mantra: Never run a single errand at a time. Group your errands into batches. For instance, if you have to do grocery shopping, you can also go via the bank or the dry cleaners and on the way back, you can pay the electricity bill. You’ll save time, gas, energy and also avoid unnecessary stress.
6. Run Some Errands Online
It’s okay to give in to technology sometimes; let e-commerce help you out. Go online and get that load of your shoulders by purchasing some things from your list online. The possibilities are endless. Buy your groceries, pay your bills, buy that dress for your friend’s big birthday bash. The best part? You can even do this while you’re at work or on the go.
Do errands this way and you’ll find yourself calmer and more engaged and, at the end, less exhausted and frustrated.