These are the last few months of me being a 20something and getting my life together has been at the forefront of my mind. There are days when I feel so #adultish and some days where I feel like I could be doing way more. Do you ever feel the same way?
I think part of it has to do with this transitional time in my life – someone once told me your late 20s are really the biggest shift in life for a lot of reasons. I definitely think I’m at a point where I’m craving a more stable, organized life that feels grown-up, but I know I have a ways to go – and I may never truly feel like I’ve got my “act together.”
After catching myself say this phrase time and time again, I decided it would be an interesting thought experiment to try and actually define what this “ideal” is that I’m comparing myself to or daydreaming about. Like, what does it actually mean to get or have your life together anyway? It’s such an overused, broad term. It likely looks very different for every person, but I was up to the challenge of breaking it down and sharing my thoughts with you. As always, this is 200% up for discussion and in fact, I encourage you to weigh in via the comments section (please!).
When it comes to making changes, size doesn’t matter. The way I see it, something is better than nothing. And sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference in our lives. I got a little overwhelmed before/during writing this post as I tried to think about what it really means to “get your life together” but I decided to push through my perfectionist (have-to-have-it-ALL-amazing-before-I-press-publish) tendencies and forced myself to just write down what I could. Preaching to myself here – something (a mini blog post) is better than nothing at all (or sitting on this “draft” for months waiting for it to be fully comprehensive). Of course there’s more I could cover here, but these are the first few things I thought of – and things that would make me feel a little better about my life/situation right now. Plus, I’d love to hear your contributions to the list as well!
How to get your life together.
Here are 22 actionable things you can do ASAP to get your life just a little bit more “together” – aka how to get your life together:
- Write things down. Better yet, get a notebook to carry around with you so you’ll have a place to write it. If you write “it” (all the things) down, you won’t have to stress about remembering it. Just make sure you’ve got it all in the same place. Indigoalways has the best notebook selections!
- Simplify your to do list; learn how to separate the urgent from the important and prioritize.
- Go to bed 30 minutes earlier – try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time everyday next week (not counting the weekend of course).
- Embrace batch processing – set specific times to answer emails.
- Go to the dentist – yeah, just handle it. You should be going once every 6 months. I promise, it’s worth it.
- Quit hitting snooze – just set one alarm and put your phone on the other side of your bedroom. Snooze is a state of mind – don’t let yourself do it.
- Empty your inbox – grab some coffee, play some gangster rap and handle it. Oh, and unsubscribe from stupid stuff while you’re at it.
- Plan your meals for next week on Sunday. Do it!
- Throw out expired food/stuff in your fridge and freezer. Check weekly.
- Deposit money in your savings account, like often.
- Check up on your retirement fund. Wait, you have one right?
- Review your last month’s expenditures (I could write a whole post about this one).
- Quit binge-watching Netflix (or at least give it up for a month or so while you pursue getting your sh*t together).
- Start taking care of your skin.
- Sort through your snail mail.
- Clean out your purse.
- Sort through your socks and throw away the random singles.
- Pick your clothes up off the floor and put them away!
- Drink less soda. Sparkling water is what’s up. Or just water in general.
- Clean out your car and then wash it. While you’re at it, do you need to change the oil?
- Floss your teeth!!!
- Clean out your junk drawer in your desk/kitchen/etc.
Okay that’s all I got for you today – although I could go on. Honestly, posts like these seriously motivate me and I truly hope they do the same for you.
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