I’m sure this opinion is going to elicit scoffs, but here it is: Helping a friend move is the best way to spend a Saturday, and anytime you’re given the opportunity, you should take it. Hear me out.
Of course, Saturdays are a comparative commodity. Some of us spend our prime weekend day marveling at museums, attempting to pack five days’ worth of lackluster workouts into one overstuffed gym visit, trying to hear our friends talk over some loud club music, or adding a sixth work day to the week (my condolences). Yet somehow helping a friend move threads the needle of almost every standard Saturday activity, and improves on it.
For starters, what better way to hang out with friends than to prove what a great help you are? We all know the “ask” process. It’s some sad cross of shame and tepid desperation; typically in the form of a mass text or email: “If anyone is around next Saturday, I’d really appreciate the help!” Nobody expects a deluge of pingbacks like they’re offering pizza (even though they are). If you get that mass text, be first one to say yes. It’ll pay off in the long run when you’re the friend in need and they remember you didn’t hesitate.