*Inspired by the best-selling book, ‘Get Your Sh*t Together‘ by Sarah Knight.
Do you ever find yourself just completely surrounded by a bunch of sh*t you really need to get done? With no motivation to do it? Yeah, me too.
Life can just get on top of you. Sometimes it’s not even your fault! It’s just a big bunch of stuff that decides to off-load on top of you and you just have to do your best to deal with it. But the ultimate question is always, how do you get your sh*t together?
This question has been such a tough and yet prevalent one in my life lately. And so here is my Guide to Getting Your Sh*t Together.
Step 1 – Sort out your inbox
I have to hold my hands up and be honest. I am horrible at keeping a clean inbox. There’s no excuse for it, but I do have three different email accounts to keep organised. It’s not that hard to open your emails and keep them organised, and it gives me so much anxiety if I have a messy inbox.
I would suggest making some folders within your inbox. This will make it really easy to see what’s important and what’s not. I have a folders for all my YouTube subscriptions, my blog emails, promotion emails from shops and brands etc. and the list goes on! Make some folders that are specific to you and the kind of emails you receive. This makes it so much easier to keep organised!
Next, make sure you actually unsubscribe from any mailing lists you no longer want clogging up your inbox. You can use a free service like unroll.me to make it really easy and stress free. I know I’m subscribed to WAY more shops email lists than I’d like to be!
While you’re at it, this might be counter-productive, but how about subscribing to my email list? I promise to love you forever if you do!
Step Two – Get an ‘Adult’ Folder and Sort Out All Your Papers
This point was one I found the most helpful with the whole concept of getting your sh*t together. The first thing you’re going to need is a box file. Might I suggest one of these?
When you have your box file, you’re going to divide up sections under relevant titles. Some of your titles could be ‘banking’, ‘bills’, ”income slips’, ‘manuals’ etc. From here, separate all of your papers into these sections. I have a ‘Manuals’ section because I like to keep all of the instruction manuals to any of my appliances just in case I need them later.
This type of file will make your life so much easier. Also, I have a little sheet full of all my passwords in there too, so no trouble if you ever forget your passwords.
Step 3 – Clean Your Space
This one might be the least fun part (for me, anyway!) but is essential nonetheless. Just do a big mass clean of your space. Be that your house, apartment, office, bedroom, just clean out anywhere that you’re around most of the time.
Disinfect your worktops, dust your bookshelves, sweep the floors, clean your windows, do your dishes, get a bin and actually use it… You’d be surprised how your mental space can be cleared as you’re literally cleaning your physical space.
Step 4 – Assign yourself a GYST day
This is my favourite step on the list. What is a GYST day you might ask? GYST stands for Get Your Sh*t Together. I first heard the term from Kalyn Nicholson and she transformed my life with it! You can do a GYST day weekly, fortnightly, monthly, whenever you feel you need one! I like to do one weekly. I’m going to be producing lots of GYST day content over here and on my YouTube channel really soon so let me know if you’re excited about that!
Step 5 – Get a Finance Planner and Make a Budget
This is something I really need to do for myself. We can all get a bit lost when it comes to our finances, and for me, there’s really no excuse for overspending. All you need is a blank notebook, or you can buy a specific cash planner (find some here) and plan out your months in terms of income vs. expenditure.
Saving is a separate matter altogether (and if you’d like a blog post on it, let me know in the comments!). Saving is just as important though, as you need to know that you have some form of finance there in case of emergency, especially if you can’t rely on family for income or expenses. Set up a savings account for yourself and commit to depositing the same amount every week for a year, no matter what. I guarantee your future self will thank you for it!
Step 6 – Health
Ah health. Something we all love to take advantage of when we have it, and complain about it when we don’t. We need to start being nicer to ourselves, both in terms of physical and mental health. Start being grateful for the health you have, and I mean really grateful, because you would regret not appreciating it if it was taken from you.
Get yourself checked out. Go to your doctor and ask for a full medical check-up. Make an appointment with your dentist. Get anything that’s bothering you checked. If you know you have to check in with a certain specialist at different points in the year, make those appointments.
If you feel ‘different’ in terms of your mental health. You don’t feel quite yourself. You don’t feel as confident, strong, as ‘in control’ anymore… Please, please consider talking to a professional. I really regret not making an appointment with my therapist sooner when I started to feel my anxiety coming back. It’s not healthy to ignore your mental health. Why do so many of us exercise our bodies and try to eat well, but we NEVER look after our mental spaces? You cannot have a healthy body without a healthy mind so I beg you to please consider counselling. If you ever need anyone to talk to about it, or ask advice from, do not hesitate to DM me on Instagram or Twitter!
Step 7 – Clear Out your Mental Space
Just to clarify, I am not talking about big issues that are affecting the health of your mental state, please refer to the above step for that. What I am talking about is those little niggling questions and mental ‘to-dos’ you have stored around in your brain just gathering dust. Yes, it’s time to decide whether or not you give a f*ck about them.
That might sound harsh, but it’s true. (This part of the post is inspired by Sarah Knight’s other book, The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*ck).
How do you guys pull yourselves out of a rut? Do you take any of these steps, or do you do something else? I’d love to know if you guys have any tips for me!
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