WHY You Should GYST

  So I’ve (obviously) spoken about how you can get your shit together, but I haven’t yet said WHY you should do it. I’m sure a lot of it is self-evident, but some of the reasons may surprise you. You already know that I’m a big advocate of starting small, but it’s hard to start anything, no matter how minor, if you don’t really know why you’re doing it.   Naturally, you will have some reasons that are personal to you, and are particular to your specific situation. Maybe you need to get your finances in order because you or … Onwards! ->

The GYST Top Tip For A Productive Day — How To GYST As Early As TOMORROW

  Just like the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, so too does getting your shit together. You take it one step and one day at a time. If you’ve followed my “Start Here” series, you’ll already know what I mean. One of the first things I started doing when I decided to get my shit together was to plan out my days the night before. (Being a list-lover and a natural organiser, this wasn’t exactly difficult but hey, you’ve gotta work with what you’ve got.) Do I do it every day? Nope. Do I notice … Onwards! ->

How I’m Getting My FIT Together: The 1 Push-Up Challenge

  So the “1 Push-Up Challenge” is done and, frankly, I’m glad. Push-ups suck. Having said that… MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! I bloody did it, and I’m so glad I didn’t aim for any more than 1 because it was a struggle! I started last Monday, and I was pathetic. Not only could I not do a push-up, but I couldn’t even do more than 2 modified push-ups (knees on floor). Seriously, is there some anti-Olympics for the biggest weaklings in the world? Gold every time, baby. But then the next day I managed 8. And the day after that, 14. Then … Onwards! ->

Push It! (But Only A Little Bit)

  One of my biggest struggles with trying to improve my life relates to diet and exercise. I mean, I think everyone WANTS to be fit and healthy, but actually wanting it badly enough to put down the bar of chocolate and pull on the running shoes? Nah. But I have a child now; I HAVE to make it a priority. I can’t be the mother huffing and puffing around the place when she brings her daughter for a kick-about in the park. And I can’t set a bad example for Scout (yes, that’s her name, and yes, I’ve heard … Onwards! ->

How to Get Your Shit Together: The Beginning

You’re here because you want to know how to get your shit together. Or because you randomly stumbled across this website. (But I’m guessing you want to know how to get your shit together too because, frankly, who doesn’t?) It’s all too easy to want to make changes in your life, but not so easy to implement them. Or to even know where to start. Luckily for you, I’ve taken the guesswork out of that particular problem. You start here. Buckle up. The first thing you should know is that you’re going to have to get rid of a lot … Onwards! ->

How To Get Your Shit Together, Step 1 — ASSESS

{ Welcome to  “How To Get Your Shit Together, Step 1”. Have you started at the beginning? If not, catch up here: “How To Get Your Shit Together: The Beginning”. } Look, you can’t go in half-cocked. That’s a recipe for disaster (initially, at least). You need a plan. That’s how to get your shit together, step 1 — assess! It doesn’t need to be anything elaborate, or even written down, but you need to think about what you’re going to do. Seeing as we’re just starting, we’re going to take it nice and slow. Think about which area of your life … Onwards! ->

Step 2 of How to GYST — PURGE

{ Do you need to read from the beginning? } Why do you need to purge? Can’t you just hang on to all those lovely tea-cosies and library books you never returned? Sure they’re not doing any harm, are they? And your great aunt Mary gave you that hat. And you never know when you might need those six extra screwdrivers… Look, you’re fooling nobody but yourself. But I get it. I fool myself on a regular basis. I currently have about eleventy billion pens right beside me in my desk drawer. ‘Cause you never know when you’ll need a … Onwards! ->

Step 3 of How to GYST — RE-ASSESS

{ Do you need to read from the beginning? } This is probably the hardest step of all but, if you took my advice and started small enough, it really shouldn’t be all that demanding. Nonetheless, reasonably difficult decisions will have to be made. Whatever area you’ve chosen, now’s the time to get serious with it. You’ve already removed any junk, but now you have to go through each thing and decide how necessary it is. I’m using the word “necessary” here pretty loosely because, let’s face it, there are very few things in life that are absolutely NECESSARY. What … Onwards! ->

Step 4 of How to GYST — ORGANISE

{Do you need to read from the beginning? } You’ve come a long way, baby. Halfway through your GYST stroll and you have’t even broken a sweat. You’re past the point of no return, and it’s all downhill from here (in a rollerskating kind of way, not an “after you turn 25” kinda way). Sometimes this job will take mere seconds. If you’ve been working on a bookshelf and have already gone through the first few steps, all you have to do is put the books back. Easy peasy. Maybe you want to organise them by category, or size, or … Onwards! ->


{ Do you need to read from the beginning? } So you’ve got your shit together; now, how do you KEEP it together? With a system! That probably sounds much more complicated than it actually is. By “system”, I simply mean a way to make it as easy as possible to maintain order. Here are some examples: Books: Do you prefer to categorise them by genre (fiction, non-fiction, etc.), or by size? Do you want all the hardbacks together and all the paperbacks together? Or do you want to move books you’ve already read to a lower shelf and keep … Onwards! ->