I was first introduced to Sarah Knight when I found her debut ‘self-help’ guide The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k in an airport WHSmith, and enjoyed delving into the book during my flight. Therefore I was intrigued once I heard about her second offering (and second sweary title). She describes Get Your Shit Together as a ‘let-me-help-you-help-yourself-help book’, so here are six standout snippets that I hope will do just that.
1. Confidence coaching
‘Observe your coworkers. Who looks like they’ve got their shit together? What makes you think that about them? Perhaps their cheerful demeanour, their steady hands, or the fact that their shirt doesn’t have yesterday’s $.99 burrito bowl all over it. Is there any reason you can’t look like that too?’
2. Getting what you want
‘A lot of gurus and life coaches and people with opinions will tell you that you have to “ask for what you want.” That’s fine, but I think you should also ask what you have to do to get what you want. I mean literally ask your boss or clients “What do I have to do to get you to give me what I want?”’
3. Penciling things in
‘Calendars are more than kitschy laminated wall hangings or little cubes of scrap paper bearing funny quotes from Seinfeld. They are tools for winning at life. Not using a calendar is like playing Snakes and Ladders with no ladders. The only people who do not need calendars are drifters and deities. The former don’t have anywhere to be and the latter are omnipresent. You? You need a calendar.’
4. Learning to delegate
‘Part of delegating is not freaking out about how something gets done — just that it gets done, and not by you. Making life easier, remember? The worst thing that happens is the person you delegated to does a bad job, and one or both of you cleans it up, and you move on.’
5. Switching off
‘When it comes to protecting your time off — or your time in general — you need to set boundaries and enforce them. Once you’ve prepped, delegated, and traded in your cubicle for a cabana, you want to keep your mind clear of pesky work-related worries so you can enjoy your time off to the fullest. The single best way to do this is to disconnect completely from your working life. Not only should you resist the temptation to check email or call in, you shouldn’t even leave that door open a tiny little bit in your out-of-office reply.’
6. Strategising your exit plan
‘The good thing about a strategy, or a plan, is that it’s individually tailored to YOU and YOUR GOAL. You know what your skill set is. You know how much time you have this weekend to work on your CV. You know how many days, weeks or months you can survive under the conditions of your current job. All of this knowledge is like a big old ring of keys in your pocket or purse dangling from your belt like a medieval dungeon guard.’
Find out more about Sarah and buy your copy of Get Your Sh*t Together here.