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 someone you love is in need of an expensive operation. Maybe you need to get fit because your doctor has told you that you’re at risk of heart disease. Maybe you’re downsizing your house and need to downsize your belongings as a result.
Whatever the personal reason, there are also general reasons that apply to most people and in most situations. Here they are:
1. You save time
Seriously, how much time have you spent looking for your keys? Or your phone? Or that bill you need to pay? Or the instruction manual for the thing that’s on the blink?
And that’s just lost/misplaced things. How much time do you spend picking out an outfit to wear? Or deciding what to have for dinner? Or picking things up, putting them away, cleaning them, moving them, deciding where they look best…?
2. You save money
All too often, you end up paying for something only to discover you already have one at home. Or you just buy something on a whim, before you put it somewhere never to be seen again? (I wouldn’t know anything about this. *cough*)
And what about those glorious days when you finally decide to clean up and you find a fiver in your jeans pocket? Or some coins down the back of the couch? Magic.
What about all those late fees you’d avoid if you had your shit together enough to pay everything on time?
3. You’re happier
This one’s a bit of a no-brainer but having your shit together just makes you feel better. Imagine yourself getting up in the morning, having plenty of time to enjoy your breakfast, and having your clothes already washed, ironed, and waiting for you. Imagine grabbing the lunch you packed for yourself the night before, popping it into the bag that’s already got all the papers and reports you need, and then just reaching for your wallet and keys in the spot where they always sit. Imagine walking out the door knowing that, yesterday, you got everything done that you needed to and, today, you’re clear and confident about what you have to do. (Click here to read my top tip on how to have a productive day.)
Now imagine the usual chaotic morning of snooze buttons and speedy showers and crumpled clothes and leaving late.
4. You’re healthier
People who have their shit together know how important it is to be fit and healthy. There’s only so long you can get away with late nights, a bad diet, and a sedentary lifestyle. I’m not saying you need to become the next Mr Motivator, but you need to start building healthier habits. (If you’ve seen my “1 Push-Up Challenge”, you’ll know I’m currently working on this.)
When you have your shit together, you have healthy snacks on hand, and you make exercise a part of your daily life.
Quite frankly, when you have your shit together, people respect you. You’re a success, and they’ll want to know how you did it and how they can do it too. (Either that or their jealousy will manifest as an all-consuming hatred. One or the other.)
Convinced yet? I know that, for me, I can add “you save embarrassment” to that list, because I’m hoping that I’ll build my strength up to a level where I no longer have to receive help when trying to store things overhead on trains and planes. I’d rather not win a Darwin Award after my suitcase and weak upper body conspire to crush me.
Not bad benefits, in fairness.
And look, there are going to be loads I’m forgetting, so what would you add to the list?