I recently heard of something I was unaware existed before. It’s called the errand hang. Basically it involves spending time with someone while you take care of errands. Silly as it may sound, I really think this is a great idea in several ways.
Obviously, you being able to get done the errands you need to is a benefit. It can be easier to accomplish such mundane tasks as going to the grocery store when you know you’ll be spending time with someone you care about however. My best friend & I have done all kinds of things when together, not just go out to lunch & shopping. I enjoy those times spent with her just as much as the lunch & shopping dates.
If you don’t have much time for social activities like going to the movies or parties, errand hanging is a way to fit in social time while not losing time you need to accomplish certain tasks. Spending time with a good friend also makes those mundane tasks seem more enjoyable, so that’s another bonus.
Or, if you’re someone who dislikes some traditional social activities like parties, the errand hang is a good way to get some one on one time with your friends rather than trying to talk to them over the noise of loud music & other people at a party.
There is also something about sharing errands with someone that draws you closer together. Maybe because doing so gives them a look at your day to day life, not only what you want another person to see. Maybe too because it gives an opportunity to talk with this person without the constant, intrusive distractions of televisions or phones.
There is also a potential for spontaneity, which is beneficial for those of us who aren’t good with being spontaneous. I have a friend who is way less rigid than me & quite spontaneous. When she lived near me, she called pretty often to ask what I was doing that day. Then she often would talk me into doing my household duties later or maybe sooner than expected so as soon as I was done, we could hang out, often while running errands. It was good for me to push myself out of my little box sometimes, & I wish she still lived close! Those times were a lot of fun for me.
I had another friend who used to call & ask what I was doing. If I needed to go out, he’d ask if he could come along. Or, if money was tight for me he’d ask if I wanted him to drive so I could save gas. I would do the same if times were tight for him. It worked out well – one of us could save a little money when needed & we’d have a ball laughing & listening to the music we grew up with as we drove around.
There is another bonus for the errand hang too. If you are struggling somehow, say with grief over losing a loved one or depression, the errand hang can help motivate you to get out, do what you need to do & have some fun while doing it. Or, maybe you have an unpleasant chore you need to do but really don’t want to. Having someone with you can be good moral support which will help you to accomplish that task.
If you think this errand hang stuff sounds weird, it really doesn’t have to be weird at all. Just ask! The next time you need to do some errands, text a friend in advance. You can tell them this might sound weird, but you need to do these things & would like some company, then ask if he or she is busy when you need to do the errands. In my experience anyway, most people are fine with asking them to do errands together.