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! ->

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! ->