I love getting my life together, or resetting my mind, body and soul after having gone through tough times, a huge workload or to even to spruce up my routines just that little bit more. I’m all for some TLC, in fact I’m a huge advocate for it too. In the past I’ve posted a variety of articles on the best habits to form, how to form them, and vital steps you can undertake all to result in being in a better place than when you started.
And this is no different, except for almost the past year I haven’t had the luxury of time to fully and deeply reflect and think about my personal journey, there was one weekend in my life but that just one in almost over 12 months, which in the grand scheme of things doesn’t make much of a difference.
That’s when it hit me.
If you like me, work a 9-5 job or are in education and devote time to studying then having an entire weekend or even a week is a bit of stretch, taking 48 hours to take a step back and make changes is almost impossible, that could even be said for 12 hours, or 6 or even 3. And that’s how this post was inspired, you don’t need fancy items, a whole new wardrobe or tons of money to get your life together.
All you need is you, and a open mind.
The first stage even before you being getting your life together is acceptance, the hardest stage of them all, to want to take a step back, you need to know that you need to take a step back. It’s easy to keep pushing, to keep going all because if you stop making things happen, the world will come crashing down, but honestly, you will come crashing down harder if you don’t take the time and space to look after your own well-being.
How To Get Your Life Together in 30 minutes (or less)
Step 1: Take a walk
If you’re sitting, lying down or even aimlessly wondering, get up and take a walk purposefully, by this I mean get blood pumping to your brain and to the rest of your body, get your heart rate up, your future self will thank you. And think. Think about where you are right now, are you close to burn out at work? Do you need that extra time to yourself this evening? Envision where you would like to be in the future.
Step 2: Make a list
I think lists are the eighth wonder of this world, there’s no problem that cannot be solved without some good old thinking and scribbling, within reason. Whether you prefer pen to paper, or even a notes app on your phone. Write and write and write. Write what needs to be sorted, this could be something as harrowing as finances or as simple as picking up groceries, anything that comes to mind has be noted.
Step 3: Plan of action
Now that you’ve written and pondered over the billion and one tasks that need to be completed, it’s time to dedicate a date and time for them to be completed, try to avoid doing it all in one day and spread it out over a week or even a few weeks. Now your brain can take a rest from not only remembering what you need to do but also when you need to do them.
Step 4: Empty that inbox (or delete unnecessary emails)
One of the fastest ways to get your life together is going through all your emails, deleting ones you need anymore or those rubbish spam emails from whoever, reading important ones and replying back to those that need a reply. Not only will you feel refreshed at having a much smaller inbox but ticking off this one simple task will motivate you to get on productively with the rest of your day.
Step 5: Clean your (immediate) environment
This could be anywhere, if you’re at work spending those extra minutes clearing away papers, throwing rubbish away or organising files into order will save you both time and give you a better environment to work in, like they say a cluttered mess equals an even cluttered brain. If you’re at home, taking a few spare moments to wipe down surfaces to dust or even tidy things away can make a whole world of difference.
Tick tock, tick tock, and that’s your 30 minutes up.
I hope you found this helpful, I tried this 5 step process after thinking about how to put this all together and I can definitely say I’m in a much better place than I was this morning, my mind has more clarity and I’m feeling more confident within myself.
Never be afraid to fall apart because it’s an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you had been all along.
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