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Have you ever thought about creating an errand strategy? You mean you never thought you needed one? In that case, you’re like most Americans. However, those who do strategize their errands for maximum efficiency are likely experiencing a higher quality of life. Is your interest piqued now? It’s true. Those who carefully create their to-do lists and a highly-productive plan of attack are happier and get more done. Ready to strategize?
Do More Than Just Create a List
We’ve all got the sticky notes with our stops jotted down on them, but this isn’t the best way to plan out your errands. Start with a larger sheet of paper. Write down everywhere you need to go and everything you need to do at each stop. (Writing out all you need to do prevents you from remembering to mail your package at the post office, but forgetting to buy stamps.)
Once you’ve got everything out of your head and onto paper, map out an efficient route. You’d be amazed how many extra miles people end up driving out of their way! Mapping it out prevents wasted time and mileage. Number your list in accordance to your stops, or plug all of your stops into a route-planning app to put your trip on autopilot.
Set a Standard Errands Day
Do you ever feel like you spend all your time running errands? When you’re scattered and going out of your way daily, it’s easy to feel that way. Instead, choose one day of the week as your errand day, and tackle all your running around only on this day. Sure, there will be some exceptions, but you will still save a lot of time and reduce your stress operating this way. Keep a notepad on the refrigerator to jot down errands as you think of them, but save them until your set day.
Timing Is Everything
Timing your errands right is essential. There will be times when you’ll have to shop on Saturday afternoons with the rest of the world, but try to run errands during less popular times. Can you drop off library books and dry cleaning on your way to work on errand day, pick up prescriptions at the pharmacy near your office at lunch and hit the grocery store on your way home? Sometimes spreading your errands out can provide the greatest time savings, depending on the convenience of the locations you need to visit. But being able to tackle some tasks during less popular times can definitely make a big difference.
Delegate Those Tasks
If you really want to win back time, it’s time to start delegating. Could your spouse drop off items at the shipping store or pick up the dry cleaning on his way home? Could you find a ride home for your son from baseball practice? Or have you considered hiring a personal assistant to do the running around for you? It’s more affordable than you think, and it has been proven that spending money to save time may provide you with more satisfaction in life.
We’ve all got the same 24 hours to work with, and they never seem to be enough! It’s time to put a little planning into your errand strategy and gain back a few hours for yourself.
Errand Works, LLC is a licensed, bonded and insured personal assistance company dedicated to improving quality of life for professionals, caregivers and other busy individuals. Every personal assistant must pass a Virginia State Criminal Background Check prior to being hired. In addition, each personal assistant is a Virginia State Notary. Errand Works currently serves Prince William County, Fauquier County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Manassas and the surrounding areas.