3.8 - "Get Your Sh*t Together"
Welcome back to Bri Books! Today’s episode is all about a book that feels as though it was ripped from my own journal. Meet “Get Your Sh*t Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want to Do,” by Sarah Knight.
Ever find yourself exasperated and on the brink of an anxiety attack, muttering, “Goodness, why can’t I just get my sh*t together?!” If so, this book is for YOU. I first encountered “Get Your Sh*t Together” in early 2017, and I’ve seen the title on the “Bestseller” shelf of virtually every airport bookstore I’ve popped into this year. After hearing Rosetta Thurman of “Happy Black Woman Podcast” gush about the title earlier this summer, I knew I had to grab this book. As soon as I finished the last page (always read the acknowledgements, y’all!), I put down the title and got to WERK.
In this episode:
- How “Get Your Sh*t Together” left me feeling both motivated and empowered. I realized I have all the tools necessary (so do you!) to get (and keep!) my sh*t in tip top shape.
- What “Getting Your Sh*t Together” actually means and looks like.
- How to be an “adult”—STRATEGIZING, FOCUSING ON and COMMITTING to goals
- My very own struggles with getting my sh*t together, and how I’m applying new techniques I learned by reading Knight’s book.
1. Strategizing: Setting a goal and making a plan to achieve it in a series of chunks
Don’t make it vague, and consider every LAST PART of the task. No lumping “Update my resume” on your to-do list. Chunk it: “Write out recent changes to role; select a new headshot; update skills, etc.” Pick a chunk, and then focus.
2. Focus: Intentionally set aside time to complete each chunk or task.
How do you know how long it’ll take you to complete the task? Time, it! Everything from showering to getting a report delivery-ready at work, time how long it actually takes to complete. Knowledge is power. And you’re not as fast as you think. None of us are. When I’m focused, I don’t have time to judge myself.
3. Commit: Commit to doing the DOING. Do what needs to be DONE to complete chunks. Remember, “Practice is just practice.”
The purpose of practice isn’t mastery at the end of a single session. The purpose is to strategize, focus and commit to improvement.
Reading “Get Your Sh*t Together” brought me back to a conversation hosted by Vinterlude. Vinterlude is a collection of women who host bespoke events for black women and black vendors as a method of modern political activism. I was invited by Depth & Candor host Hiwote Getaneh. “Practice is just practice,” Akua Soadwa told us during the Vinterlude session.
I’ve shared my struggles with you, now I’m gonna tell you how I’m trying to get my sh*t together to finish the year strong. Let me know what you’re up to and how you’re doing the same. Use #bribooks @bribookspod. Subscribe to Bri Books Podcast Newsletter.
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