Friday, 18 January 2019

Get Your Sh*t Together With Sarah Knight


If ever there were a time, when I needed a metaphorical and quite literal self-help survival guide (by an anti-guru might I add), on how to 'Get Your Sh*t Together' then Sarah Knight's book would most definitely be the one I'd reach for. Author of the bestselling book that is 'The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**k', Sarah gives us the run down on 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. It also goes into depth on how to organize the f**ks you want and need to give in order to help you quit your day job and move abroad, not to mention save - sounds promising am I right? 

Well, it was for me... particularly since I've already experienced my existential crisis and quit my day job. I just need to work out how I'm going to become a full time freelancer and move to sunny Perth within the space of a year, a bit like Sarah did - ironically. Reading the book made me feel as though I was in the right place at the right time, it helped me understand why I was in a rut but it also helped me understand that small, manageable goals can honestly really take you places like ASDA or you know, the Caribbean. 

Brimming with inside jokes, the book is life affirming and thought provoking. It's basically a step by step guide on practical, easily applicable advice alongside copious real-life experiences - it's a breath of fresh air to read a book by a writer that just simply gets you. 

Chapters include:

#1 - WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT GETTING YOUR SHIT TOGETHER 

This is where Sarah introduces the core concepts of the 'Get Your Sh*t Together' book and her revolutionary 'Power Of Negative Thinking', where you essentially use all of your annoyance about a particular circumstance in your life to effect change. It's also where Sarah opens up to us, talking about her struggle with mental health and the breakdown that led to her epiphany on life - especially how it's too short to be giving a sh*t about things that are minuscule. It really elevates the book from a self-help guide to something that's a little more meaningful. She even included an adult colouring in page to help you calm the f**k down when you need it and if that sh*t ain't effective, then you need a refund.

#2 - SMALL SHIT: NAILING DOWN THE DAY-TO-DAY TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE 

Sarah goes back to basics in this chapter; discussing time management, basic budgeting, prioritizing your to-do list or your must-list, taming your inbox and controlling urges and impulses through sheer willpower - what a f**king trooper. Essentially it's a chapter all about laying the foundations, focusing on the small sh*t so you can deal with the big sh*t like actually quitting work at 5 o'clock or making the sober decision not to eat kebab tonight or any night for that matter. P.S there is flow chart on page 81 which actually tells you if you have your sh*t together or not, I do not. 

#3 - TOUGH SHIT: GETTING OLDER, GETTING AHEAD, GETTING HEALTHY AND GETTING BETTER AT LIFE IN GENERAL

In chapter three, Sarah discusses relationships - both romantic (whit woo) and professional, including how to extricate yourself from a real bad one. It also discusses how to excel at work without putting in overtime, pensions (featuring some nifty charts), looking after your health, taking care of your home and rewarding yourself with much deserved down-time. I really enjoyed the self reminder Sarah provided when she told us that me-time is a right, not a privilege - take notes. 

and finally...

#4 - DEEP SHIT: MENTAL HEALTH, EXISTENTIAL CRISES AND MAKING BIG LIFE CHANGES

Sarah  really saved the best for last with this one I think. Here she openly discusses getting out of your own way, anxiety aka. mental dust aka. the shit we hoover up and then inexplicably dump back on the floor again. She also discusses the fear of failure, defeating perfectionism with her twelve step program that would be a great basis for any Perfectionists Anonymous, looking at the smaller picture and well; hello from the other side.  Sarah really taps into the competitive streak that runs through many of us, as well as our desire to tick things off our mental and physical to do lists - because who doesn't love a good list. 

Have you read 'Get Your Sh*t Together' by Sarah Knight?
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16 comments:

  1. Great review! You've motivated me to go get this book. Goodluck with your goals! Without sounding too cliche, it sounds like you're getting your sh*t together.

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Caitlin

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    1. Thank you Caitlin! I'm glad that I have motivated you to be proactive (I'm pleased to hear you think I'm getting my shit together). x

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  2. I have seen so much about this book lately and it sounds amazing! I definitely need to check this out.
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

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    1. I'd definitely recommend it Britt, especially if you're in a bit of a rut with life x

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  3. I haven't read this one yet. It definitely has me intrigued! Great review :)

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    1. Thank you Megan - if you ever read the book, you will have to let me know what you think of it! x

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  4. I've seen this book so much and I want it so much!! You've made me want it more, and I love the titles of the chapters hahaha. I definitely need to get it together:'((

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    1. It seems to be everywhere at the minute! The chapters are very catchy, which generally makes it a smooth read. We could all be better at getting our shit together x

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  5. I feel like I might need this book in my life.

    I've previously read Sarah Knights book the Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and it really changed my perspective on things and helped me access my priorities during 2018.

    Her advice is so straight forward and I love it. She's totally relatable and by the end I felt like she was my best friend in all honesty.

    So, I think I'm adding this book to my list! Thanks for the lovely review and Friday night read.

    Kate | cakeandcoast.com x

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    1. These were my words exactly. As soon as I saw the title, I was pretty much hooked and much like you; I'd read Sarah's book on the Life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A Fuck and it to changed my perspective on life. I love how straight to the point she is in all her work, I also get that best friend feeling towards the end of each chapter. I hope you enjoy the read and thank you for stopping by! x

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  6. Saw Sarah Knight's RT and I had to see what all the hype was about ;) Your photography is incredible, can you do posts about taking photos and editing?

    I read this book last year and a lot of the feelings I felt after reading it are very similar to your own. Its such an empowering and eye opening book, I really think I changed my mentality through reading it and taking in what was being said. The "tough shit" chapter is a person fav, I related to everything that was said the most.

    Fran | www.franciscarockey.co.uk

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    1. Couldn't believe it haha! I really want to extend my blog into photography, but it's just finding a groove with it.

      I have definitely changed my mentality since reading it - is it possible to feel more life motivated after reading a book? The tough shit chapter is my favourite as well! I think Sarah Knight is honestly one of my favourite authors, she just cuts right through the bullshit x

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  7. I've not read this but it's on my "to-read" list. I am about to start "The Lifechanging Magic of Not Giving A Fuck", which I'm super excited to read. I've not read a self-help boo before but I've heard sooo much good stuff about Sarah Knight! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. It's definitely worth the read, if you feel like you essentially need to learn how to get your shit together - I gained a lot from the book personally. Although much like you, I had never read a self-help book either, but Sarah Knight was always on my recommended list. I'm glad I read it - I'm actually about to start her latest book called calm the fuck down x

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  8. Loved this review, thank you! I wasn't sure whether to purchase as I didn't know if it would really be different from everything else out there and I was a bit wary about self help, but now I'm definitely going to give it a go. I'm adding this and your blog to my 'to read' list! X

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    1. So pleased that you liked my review! Sarah Knight is always straight to the point, which made the book feel like a breath of fresh air. Thank you so much! You're too kind x

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