Brain Dump — What It Is & How To Do It

  And then it was December. The next few weeks are my favourite time of year. First there’s Christmas, when I get to spend quality time with family, and my house is full of joy and laughter and warmth and colour. (And chocolate.) Then comes the New Year, full of hopes and dreams and the start of a better life. It’s the time of year I feel most motivated and most full of excitement at the possibility of positive change. (And the most sure that I’ll finally kick the chocolate addiction.) This year, the motivation kicked in a little early. … Onwards! ->

December Declutter

  Within the next week, we’ll be putting up all our Christmas decorations. And, if you know me, you’ll know that that means our entire house is about to get covered in colourful tinsel and other tacky things. The brighter, the better! So, with the festive holidays looming, there’s never been a better time to declutter. As you know, I’m on a major minimalism mission, which I hope to kick into overdrive in the coming weeks and months. There’ll be an influx of new toys and trinkets soon and it’s important to make space, lest I end up swallowed in … Onwards! ->

4 Ways to Supercharge Your ‘To Do’ List to Get More Done

  So I’ve spoken before about planning out your days the night before. While that was a decent general overview, I wanted to share some things I’ve found extremely helpful when doing this. These are pretty much guaranteed to ensure you get more done, and save more time.   Batching The first is to batch tasks. There are some items on your ‘to do’ list that will be similar in nature, or are done in the same area. So, for example, you should make all your phone calls in one go. Also, if you need to leave the house to … Onwards! ->

TIME To Get Your Shit Together

  I’ve read a lot of books and blogs on productivity, and one tip I come across frequently is to use a timer. It’s that whole “race against the clock” mentality that gets the adrenaline pumping and focuses the mind. It’s particularly useful for jobs you don’t want to do, because you know there’s a time limit on it. It forces you to get it done, and get it done fast. The only problem I’ve had with implementing it is the length of time most sources suggest. Fifteen minutes? Fuck that. For me, that’s too long. Yes, there’s a MOUNTAIN … Onwards! ->

Where My GYST Journey Began

  I’m 30 years old, I’m married and I have a child. We live in Dublin, and I also own a house in the city that I rent out. I manage the rental property myself, which means I’m responsible for finding and interviewing new tenants, doing basic repairs and decorating around the house, collecting rent and bill monies, paying the mortgage and utilities, and organising for contractors and handymen to carry out the work that I can’t or won’t do myself. I work Sundays and some bank holidays in a local pharmacy. I’m healthcare trained, and worked for years as … Onwards! ->

The Proper Way To Use A Planner

  Do you use a planner? You should. They free up valuable space in your brain, and make it far less likely that you’ll forget anything ever again. Remembering to do things and being punctual are two basic trademarks of someone with their shit together. It’s no secret that I’m a planner nerd (a plannerd, if you will). For me, they walk that wonderful line between being functional and beautiful. For now, I’ll focus on the functional aspect, because you should get your shit together BEFORE you make your shit pretty. The two most important aspects a planner should have … Onwards! ->

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! ->