Monday, 13 November 2017

Put It In A Backpack

For me, November is 'put it in a backpack', aka get your shit together month (kudos to you if you got that Rick and Morty reference). November is the month where I put the rest of the year in rice and try and fix it. It's the planning before the execution in December. The last two months of the year should inspire you to develop resolutions and plans that you put into practice before the next year rolls around. That way you aren't struggling to make, let alone, carry out resolutions. You can build a habit. This is how I plan on building one...

1. Adopting a new morning routine - If I don't have something planned early in the morning I tend to wake up late and then my whole day ends up in a chaotic fast-forward because I'm struggling to get that time back. There are not enough hours in the day and even less so when I sleep more than I should. Additionally, I've heard that the most successful people wake up incredibly early and start their day around 5am. 5am is definitely a stretch for me but I'm going to attempt to wake up at 6am everyday for a week and see how that goes (I will be sure to update you on my progress or lack thereof). I'm definitely going to need coffee to survive this though haha. I remember when I was in my second year of uni and I was slightly addicted to Starbucks coffee... especially when the toffee nut latte made it's usual winter appearance..mhmmm... OK, back to the blog post. Morning routines shouldn't just be about waking up early though, make a plan to go for a jog or do some yoga or meditation.

2. Declutter - Physically cleaning up a work space or my surroundings clears my head a lot. It makes me feel like my head is not as cluttered with so many thoughts and I can actually function better. I would also suggest decluttering your personal life as well. If you have any drama or unresolved issues with anyone, speak your mind, mend the issue and keep it pushing. Or if it's a case of blocking individuals that need to be blocked for your own sanity, do that. Your mind should then not be as focused on the unnecessary and you can start to focus on the things you can change.

3. READ more - Ok, so I had this friend who hated reading and I found it incredible because I loved it! When I was little I used to read a few chapters of a book every night before I went to bed (can you tell how much of a nerd I am?) Anyway, when I started my degree, I stopped reading as much but now I'm getting back into it. I'm currently reading Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta. Reading feeds my mind and improves my writing and I feel that feeding your mind is always a good way to get your shit together. For those of you who hate reading like my friend, there's a solution - audiobooks! All you have to do is listen and visualise. Easy enough. 
4. Planning - I think the first step to planning is knowing exactly what you want. In the past I have been really indecisive and sometimes I still am. I've found that this wastes a lot of time and it's incredibly deterring in regards to planning effectively. What has helped me though is making lists. Sit down and write out all you want to achieve and put deadlines on when you need to achieve them by. This will give you a sense of urgency and you will be more likely to achieve your goals. Next step should be to plan how you will achieve this (also make a back up plan). To do lists and Excel spreadsheets are my favourite thing when it comes to planning my week. I'm trying to make sure I complete three big tasks on my to do lists everyday. 
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5. Taking risks - Taking risks keeps life interesting in my opinion and getting your shit together should 100% include taking risks. If you're sitting around waiting for your opportunity to just arise, I hate to break to you but chances are, it may not happen. One thing I've learned is that you have to put yourself out there, take risks to achieve your goals and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing, thinking or saying. Your life is your own and if you want to get your shit together, you need to take charge.


  1. I enjoyed reading this post. I am with on the wanting to read more, and your solution to that is great. Planning is never easy, but oh so necessary in everyone's life. I so agree with you on taking a risk, and that we shouldn't worry about what everyone else is doing. The key is to focus on our purpose. Great blog and I look forward to your next post!


    1. Thank you so much! Planning helps me get a lot more done with my time. Glad you liked the post! xx