Achieving New Year’s resolutions doesn’t have to be so daunting. Sarah Knight’s novel, Get Your Sh*t Together, provides advice on how to achieve goals without overwhelming yourself.
First of all, Get Your Sh*t Together is not your typical self-help book. Rather, Knight refers to her book as a “let-me-help-you-help-yourself-help book.”
Knight is humorous and relatable, immediately defeating all levels of intimidation one might feel when reading a book on how to achieve major goals in life.
The novel includes four chapters: the first chapter covers the primary essentials for getting your sh*t together, the second chapter covers how to better achieve smaller “to-do list” goals, the third chapter covers topics that include relationships, work, health, and other lifestyle topics, and the fourth chapter covers more serious topics, such as mental health and major life changes.
Here are my favorite topics Knight discusses in her book, Get Your Sh*t Together.
1. The Three Essentials
Knight stresses that achieving goals or success does not mean…
- scheduling items on your calendar for the sake of packing your schedule to the fullest.
- completing everything on your to-do list, or everyone else’s to-do list all in the same day.
- Surrendering your mental and physical health to achieve your goals.
Rather, three key tactics, will help you to help yourself achieve the changes you want to make in your life.
Begin by dividing a goal into small steps, and spread the steps out over a period of time.
If you try to complete a large project in a short amount of time, you will drive yourself crazy. Also, you will find that you have more time to even add steps or projects that you would not have had the time to add otherwise.
Knight compares this tactic to a simple task of coloring in a coloring book — you must color in each smaller section before the big picture presents itself.
Not only must you strategize, but you must focus and follow through with the steps. Make some calls, plan meetings, and any other actions you must take to complete each step.
Also, DON’T multitask. If you are multitasking, you are completing at least one of those tasks poorly. This doesn’t mean you can’t listen to music in the background — it just means that you should place all of your focus on one tasks to complete it to the best of your potential.
Make it easier by setting aside a specific amount of time for each task. For example, if you need to finish creating your portfolio, set aside an hour to do so. Once you start working, do not waste time checking the headlines, checking social media, or shopping online. Just focus on completing the task.
Lastly, you must be fully committed to the goal in order to put forth the effort to focus and strategize.
2. Form a “Must-Do List” by following Knight’s “Must-Do Method”
The “Must-Do Method”
- Form a to-do list.
- Prioritize the items based on urgency.
- Transfer items that must be completed today to a “must-do list.”
- Complete the items on the “must-do list,” and save the rest of the items on the to-do list for the next day.
- Repeat steps 1-4 the next day.
3. Let go of perfectionism
As Knight writes, “Holding perfection in your sights is a self-defeating strategy.”
If you keep recreating or adding insignificant details to make something “perfect,” you will find yourself wasting the entire day on that one item on your “must-do list.”
Even the people who seem to have all of their sh*t together are not perfect. High quality completion does not mean you have to waste an entire day (or maybe even days!) to achieve your definition of perfection.
If this sounds like your personality, Knight provides readers with a humorous list of “12 Steps for Defeating Perfectionism.”
Throughout her book, Knight, exquisitely provides readers with advice on how to achieve major goals and life-changes, especially when the reader itself is in the way of his or her own success.
To expand upon her advice, Knight informs readers of her personal and touching experiences from her past, making Knight even more trusting and relatable.