Make the most of your time out of the house
with this tried-and-true method
of using easy, pre-printed lists.
You might find this odd, but I don’t like shopping. Even clothes shopping, gadget shopping or farmers markets — the kinds of shopping that most people enjoy — I find to be work. I still go to the farmers market every single week and I do my best to enjoy it, but I see it more as a job.
The videos below reveal how I run my once-a-week errands more quickly than most other people.
How to Run an Errand the Smart Way
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Organizing expert Maria Gracias suggests that the one of the best ways to prepare for errands is to call ahead whenever possible. If there is any fraction-of-a-doubt that the item will be there, then phone ahead of time to verify that the item you need is actually in stock or ready to pick up.
Also, the best way to make sure that your reusable plastic, paper and/or canvas grocery bags are ready for errands day is to return them to the trunk of your car immediately after you unload your groceries and shopping items.
Before you start your car and drive away for an afternoon of errands, it’s essential that you pause, breathe, and look around. If you want to have a great errands experience, it’s worth a few moments to collect your thoughts and verify that you have everything you need to have a good trip before you depart:
- ✔ is your water bottle refilled?
- ✔ do you have the addresses of any new places you’re going?
- ✔ do you have all your lists?
- ✔ is your mobile phone with you?
“…if errands stress you out, change how you tackle them.
Schedule your time, plan your route,
set an errand day, and organize the process.
You’ll get more done, and feel better doing it”
~ Maria Gracia
Here’s how to run your weekly errands in the shortest amount of time possible:
I invite you to comment. I enjoy hearing your thoughts, ideas, and questions!