I write this feeling *slightly* faint ‘coz O M G, I am going to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part One *tonight. SAY WHAAAAAAAA. The thing is, I thought it was next week. I am lucky I checked ma bleedin’ tickets today because I would have been taking Matt to see the show for his birthday a week late. He would have never forgiven me. I would have never forgiven myself. It would have all been preeeeeeeetty shocking.
(*Tonight meaning last Thursday!)
It’s all good tho, I have put my dark past of not double checking dates behind me and we are going to the theatre tonight. SQUEEE!
This lil hiccup leads me nicely onto today’s post. Getting my sh*t together.
Keeping on top of tings, replying to messages, putting (the right) dates in my diary, remembering to take my pill, remembering to breathe. Baaasically, trying to adult at life and being the best girl bossin’ version of myself possible without losing ma minnnnd.
Time management has never come naturally to me. The words ‘time management‘ send shudders down my spine. Although tbh, I have got better over the years. I meaaan I am now an avid user of my bullet journal and write a to-do list ‘erry day, but I could do better.
This is where this corker of a book comes in handy.
I saw the book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k’ flying around the blogging world, then I spotted her more recent book ‘Get Your Sh*t Together’. Yaaaaaaaaas. I had to give it a read.
It has been my commute companion for the past few weeks and I have been l o v i n g it. Sarah Knight is brutal, swears*a lot* and makes me chuckle too. The lass is a fountain of knowledge and has taught me SO MUCH, I haven’t even finished the book yet.
If you are feeling in need of a lil pep talk, I’m gonna share a few nuggets of wisdom with you. Some from the book, a few from experience.
THE MUST DO METHOD
The main gem I have put into practice is the ‘Must Do’ method.
Basically, you know when you have ‘to do’ lists coming out your ears? Errythang from paying ya bills to painting ya nails. It can be hard to prioritise which one goes first so you just do all the easy stuff? Yeah. #erryday. Weeeeell Sarah the babe came up with an easy solution.
Write down a to-do list, which could poss be a whole bloomin’ page. Once you have all you need to do on paper, then it’s time to prioritise.
What do you really need to get done today? Pick the absolute essentials and move them to a fresh ‘must do’ list. Get these ‘must do’ things crossed off first of all, then you can focus on the cleaning your make up brushes and finishing your Easter chocolate or summin’.
This way of list writing makes everything look SO much more approachable and do-able. I don’t feel so overwhelmed by aaaaaaaaaaall the bits ‘n’ bobs I gotta do, as there are only a few things on the list. Weird how the mind works, ey?
IMPORTANCE OF ‘ME TIME’
I do harp on about this point on the reg, coz it is essential for remaining happy as larry. I think we have got a lot better at self care recently. We are now aware of our mental health and how bloomin’ important it is to look after it.
The ting is, we sometimes feel like if we are not constantly busy and getting sh*t done, we are failing or being unproductive. You need time to step back, slow down and get your thoughts in check. We also need time to do what makes us happy and feeds our soul with aaaall the good stuff.
As we are avid list makers, calendar creators and general organised gals about town, scheduling time for me, myself and I is the best way. Book the yoga class, put aside one hour a day to read your book and drink tea, or block out an evening to have dinner and catch ups with the gals.
Working all day, erry day never really did much good for anyone. You end up feeling exhausted, under the weather and sometimes pretty darn anxious too. I find that stepping away, even for a few hours, makes a world of difference. You return to the desk feeling refreshed, inspired and ready to take over the world once more.
STRATEGY, FOCUS & COMMITMENT
Throughout the whole book, Sarah always comes back to this. Strategy, focus and commitment. With anything you want in life, following these three steps will make it a helluva lot more achievable, whatever your goal may be.
Strategy: Your plan of action. Whatever it is you wanna achieve, it will start with a lil game plan. A sesh with your notepad where you map out what it is ya really want, and how you’re gonna get it. Divide it into small manageable chucks, and remember anything and everything is possible – you can do this.
Focus: Like anything worthwhile, it needs your focus. Your 10030495% attention, but y’know only for the few hours you have given yourself. Need to get that blog post polished off and published? Give yourself an hour. No Bloglovin’, Instagram and Twitter scrolling, just you and that keyboard gal. Once you have finished, then you can catch up on Instagram… Not that you’re really missing much, are ya?
Commitment: Get in the zone. Grab a fresh cuppa T, maybs a bar of that touch of sea salt Lindt chocolate, pop your hair up and let’s do this. Throw yourself into the task at hand, no matter how small it is. Once it is completed and you feel satisfied, treat yo’self. It is crazy how much you can achieve once you put your mind to it!
LOVE FOR THE BULLET JOURNAL
The best decision of 2k17 so far. I started a bullet journal back in January and it hasn’t left my side since. It is such a great way of constantly reminding yourself of your goals and what it is you set out to achieve. I even have a whole spread full of motivation to pick me up on the days I ain’t feeling so great, I am that kinda gal. I did a lil bullet journal tutorial here if ya fancied starting your own. You should hehe >:)
STOP, DROP AND ROLL
I am SO easily distracted. I always have too many tabs open (both mentally and physically), so I find myself aimlessly scrolling Instagram when I should be clearing ma inbox. I realise about 20 mins later and kickin’ myself because I have wasted valuable time.
If you have committed time to do a task, but find yourself somewhere else… Stop, drop and roll. Basically, as soon as you realise, click off the page, walk away and get back to your task with a sense of urgency.
Or maybe gals gotta do the washing / go gym but doesn’t have the time? Do it with urgency, turn the music up and get that sh*t done. You will feel SO much better afterwards.
How do you keep your sh*t together?
If ya fancy giving it a read, you can order it here. Lemme know what ya think of it…
Right, I’m off to have lunch and finish this book, haaaappy Monday.