Get Your Sh*t Together: How to get it all done

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Have you ever wondered how to “get it all done”?  Or if “getting it all done” was even possible? I work full-time, I’m a wife and mommy to two very active little boys, and I’m building this blog into a full-time gig. There is never enough time for all the things I want to, but I have had a lot of people ask how I manage to handle everything that I do accomplish on the daily.

The thing is, I didn’t always get everything done. I used to be extremely disorganized, hardcore procrastinator, and okay with just surviving my days. I thought being late or disorganized or constantly behind was fine (even normal) because I was working and had a baby, but I realized the legacy I was teaching my son was just to survive. I decided just surviving wasn’t going to be one of the life lessons I wanted to leave my son, and I could actually accomplish so much more with my life if I just applied a small amount of diligence. Discipline and reaching goals are definitely traits I want to teach!

With a little big of planning, I’ve figured out how to actually put the tedious parts of life on autopilot to create space for the best moments. I call this weekly practice my  “Get Your Sh*t Together” (or GYST day), and it’s become my favorite day of the week!

I realized that the things that took up the most time in my week were small, mundane events I had been avoiding or didn’t plan ahead for during the week. Since Monday is a new work week, Sunday seemed like the best time to GYST.

Between my family, my work, and building this blog, a lot of my time and energy is focused on big things. I tend to procrastinate the shorter tasks during the week (like paying bills, renewing library books, etc). I know they are important and only take a tiny amount of time, but for whatever reason I’m just not as likely to take the time to do them during the week.

Basic Food Prep

My GYST days start with food, because of course it does. I loooooooove food! And coffee. But you already knew that.

We usually do our grocery shopping on Saturdays, so I start off Sundays with a fully stocked kitchen. I go through all the groceries and create a basic (flexible) meal plan and start to prep some breakfast foods. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and I like to have plenty of options ready for me to create a big meal quickly. Typically, my breakfast involves my coffee, a smoothie, and some sort of baked goods. On Sundays I like to do all my baking for the week, so I’ll usually make at least one batch of muffins or breakfast bread (usually either pumpkin or banana, depending on what I have on hand). Once the batter goes in the oven, I clean up the kitchen and will either start a batch of brown rice or throw a few chicken breasts in the Instant Pot.

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The Necessary Computer Work

With the food going in the kitchen and the kitchen cleaned up, I’ll sit down and pay the bills. This only takes a few minutes and takes a huge load off my shoulders. It’s amazing how important financial fitness is to mental health!

Since I’m sitting already, now is the time I pull out my planner and look over the week. Any appointments, social events, and deadlines are reviewed and planned for appropriately. I have a running list of blog topics and networking opportunities going on a page in my planner, and I review those and map out the following week. January was all messed up with illnesses, but thankfully we are getting back on track in February and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s safe to say I love routine and I thrive on checking off my to-do lists!

I also take this time to do any necessary paperwork, or prepare mail to be sent. Any important documents, handwritten notes to friends, or blogging paperwork is prepped and ready to be taken to be sent on Monday.

Self Care

After all of this is done, it’s time for some self care. When I was single, Sunday used to be my home spa days. Now with two little boys creating chaos over here, usually the best I can do is maybe a bentonite clay mask and filing my nails. If I get really lucky, sometimes I can get my nails painted, but I only risk that if both boys take a nap at the same time. Whatever I do, it’s important that I set aside at least 5 minutes for something just for me. I’ve noticed a direct relationship between how I feel about myself and how I react to stressful situations or interact with my little family. If I feel gross and run-down, I’m not as patient or giving as when I have taken a minute to prepare myself mentally and put myself together.

The best part about GYST days is that they are relaxing while being incredibly productive. The idea is not to start the week in a stressful way with a long list of to-do items, but to calmly prepare for a good week by taking care of a few key things before they have a chance to become problems.

Obviously, the decision of what to include in your GYST day is completely up to you, but I would recommend at least some basic meal preparation and something for self-care. This sets up your week for success immediately.

The benefits of a GYST day are exponentially increased when you are intentional about each day. Creating a functional morning routine and an evening routine gives you even more success and space throughout your days to reach whatever goals you are working towards, and will absolutely skyrocket your productivity (and keep you sane through it all)!

Do you have a weekly routine that helps you? Leave me a comment!

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  1. I’ve been trying to do a GYST mini session every morning. I like to take 10 min to plan out the day and check my calendar and make sure I’m prepared for the day. It’s saved me a lot of stress!

  2. Getting your Sh** together is no easy feat, especially with work, family, and side hustles, I have learned to plan it all out on my calendar and run a todo list daily. I went to a conference a few years ago and the speaker gave the best advice EVER, he said you to do list is always going to be 100+ things, but it is important to have a separate column, one that says your top 5 must does, ones you are done with those 5, write down your next 5… so on and so forth… It has help me so much and honestly has taken the overwhelming factor out of the small stuff!!

    1. I love that! Yes, it’s quickly overwhelming when you add in side hustle work! I might have to implement the columns idea. That sounds really helpful.

  3. I’m so glad I read this. I sort of spread mine out through the week, so like a GYSD hour, instead of a day. It makes it less of a source of dread for me, because I HATE sitting down and Getting Shit Done! I need little pieces!

    1. I love that you are disciplined enough to do it daily! I have to make it an “event” or I can’t get motivated enough to do it 😂

  4. This is such a great reminder! I need to try to implement this at least once a week also. I struggle to keep it all together.

  5. I feel like I’m reading my life right here lol. I was pretty organized before becoming a mom and used to meal prep all the time and have a routine. After becoming a mom I lost it and became a procrastinator. I am now slowly getting back to being organized and have a set schedule for everyday and a to do list! I’m also picking meal prep up again! Thanks for sharing these tips! They’re motivating me to keep going!

    1. Thanks for sharing! Life as a mom requires so much adaptation, I often feel like as soon as I get something going, it’s time to switch it up again 😂

  6. This was really helpful and inspiring for me. I could blog when I was pregnant and had a 2 year-old only, but now I have him and my two-month-old. I am seriously just surviving. It was hard for me to get on a blogging schedule in the beginning, but now it’s even harder. I have no idea how people map out blogging with kids and working full-time jobs too! We’re like barely getting by at our house

    1. I’m so with you!!! My youngest is 5 months and the older one is 3 years. I feel like I’m constantly reworking my schedule. But the blog is our future, so I put as much time into as I can. These tips make it much more possible!

  7. Meal planning is so tough! But, i know when I did it, it was just another item that I didn’t have to fret about! It’s all important to schedule in self care!

  8. Wonderful tips for a busy mommy! The self-help seems to be the most difficult to find time for but it is also one of the most important things to do. You reminded me that my “mini me” is watching and learning.

  9. I was just sitting here thinking about the fact that I had fallen OUT of this habit. I used to be great at working a system that helped me rock out the rest of the week. Every holiday season I fall out of that system. This post reminds me that you have to plan (and work) towards success 🙂 Love the title of the post too!

    1. Thanks! 🙂 I think my favorite part about my system is that it takes some discipline, but it’s not overwhelming!

  10. I loved reading this post and it all sounds so familiar. Sunday afternoons were also dedicate to pampering and self-care before I had children and I can’t wait to get back to that good old habit. And totally agree about the Sunday food prepping. It makes weeknights so much more relaxed!

  11. I so need this! I think I’m all sorted then have a rubbish day – or week! – and it all goes to pot again. Definitely need to put some better systems in place.

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