One of my least favorite things about being an adult is running around from place to place. If you have to do them, you might as well find a way to enjoy it, right? Here's what I learned and how you can enjoy running errands too.
How To Make Running Errands Not So Tiring
We have to do them. But running errands can be such a drag! There are certain places that seem to be absolute joy suckers (looking at you, Post Office). And other places are fine but just another stop on your seemingly never-ending to-do list.
As I sent my son back to school a few weeks ago, telling him that it is up to him whether he has a good day or a bad day (he's not that into the idea of school…) I totally got it. It's up to me whether running errands is fun or a total drain on my happy tank.
#1 Make A Plan
First, I make a plan for my errands. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Here is also where I start building in things that make me happy. I make my favorite cup of Tazo® Tea Awake™ English Breakfast Tea and start organizing my errands list.
With the kids in school, and a job (that I really enjoy, BTW), I need to make sure that my errands run smoothly and I'm not criss-crossing all over town, wasting time. I keep in mind what time stores open and how long each errand might take.
#2 Run Errands Early in the Day
I run my errands as early as possible to cut down on that super sweaty, “OMG my kids will think I'm stranding them at school” feeling. I'll never forget the time I was basically trapped in a terribly laid out parking lot and almost drove through a bush so I could make preschool pick up… I gather up all the things I need to take with me, whether it's a store coupon, an item I need to return or my grocery list.
#3 Pick Music That Makes You Happy
Running errands means that I also get to control the music for once. Before I get in the car I choose what artist or playlist I'm in the mood to listen to. This means that I get to sing along with my favorite music in the car which makes passing the time between errands a whole lot more fun. Yes, I do some steering wheel drumming and if no one is looking, I sing the crap out of some Adele at a very loud level.
#4 Stay Hydrated
I make sure that I take along my favorite Tazo® tea so I can sip on it through all my errands. My to-go cup makes sure that it stays hot. I usually keep a water bottle in the car too. I do not want to have to add in another stop on my long list just to grab a drink from somewhere. My daily cup of tea is what makes my day better. Tea time doesn't have to be all relaxed and cozy. For me, it's like a cup of happy. This black tea is always full of flavor and spices and is invigorating any time of the day.
#5 Squeeze In Something Fun While You're Out
If I know that I've got errand on errand on errand, I always try to squeeze in a fun one, like a pedicure. Yes, a pedicure is an errand. A gal has got to keep her toes looking right. Meeting up with a friend to tackle errands is the best.
While my friends may or may not need to go to all the same places as I do, it's a pretty sure thing that I can get someone to meet me for a pedicure. It's a nice break from the break-neck pace of the rest of your errands. It's a great way to catch up while still being able to cross something off of your to-do list.
#6 Dress in Something Cute
Running errands is so much more fun when you are comfortable. I try to wear a cute outfit, that feels like pajamas, but looks put together. Leggings are my jam for days when I'm going to be in and out of the car a lot. There are tons of stylish options to choose from, that show your personality. They won't get wrinkled by the seat belt the way a dress can.
I've been a super fan of Tazo® Tea for years. I love that you can find it right in your grocery store and you know that you are getting a great, quality product each and every time. Tazo tea is crisp and clean, like their branding. I always have this on hand at home. Don't forget to try their other great flavors like Zen™ and Passion®.I've got my secret weapon. Tazo® Tea reminds me to enjoy the ride, keep in a positive head space and get it all done. How do you make sure that running errands doesn't suck for you?
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