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! ->

Step 5 of How to GYST — PUT SYSTEM IN PLACE

{ 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! ->

Steps 6 & 7 of How to GYST — OBSERVE SYSTEM EFFECTIVENESS & STIR SHIT UP

{Do you need to read from the beginning? } You’re pretty much home and dry now. All that’s really left is to monitor your system over time and tweak it, if necessary. I had a system whereby, in my wardrobe, I kept all my trousers together. It made sense to me at the time I put the system in place. But I noticed that I was constantly frustrated by wanting to wear something casual with a pair of Converse and only finding trousers that really required heels. So I separated the trousers out into regular and long lengths. Problem solved. … Onwards! ->

How to Get Your Shit Together: The End

  CONGRATULATIONS, you just got your shit together!     In one small area of your life, at least. Was it your wardrobe? Your desk drawer? Your paper pile? Your computer desktop? Your phone contacts? Your bag? Whatever it was, you did it. And you should be damn proud. Feel free to do a little happy dance, and to give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. Pity the mere mortals that don’t have your sense of ambition and achievement. And then send them to this site. What? It’s your moral obligation to help your fellow man. Speaking of helping … Onwards! ->