Can you get your life together in a week and make it work?
Is it possible to get your life together in a week?
How can you get your life together fast?
Could you change your life and get yourself on the path of self-improvement in just a few days?
It sounds unrealistic, right?
However, to change your life doesn’t take a week. It doesn’t take a month or a year, either.
It takes a moment – a moment in which you change your intentions forever, and you work every day according to that intention.
In this post, I will list 7 ways to get your life together in a week. Yes, seven things in seven days.
You could very well follow the path I draw below or work at your own pace.
However, the important thing is to realize that changing your life starts with the intention to do so, and it’s a journey that never ends.
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What do I need to get my life back on track fast?
I’m glad you asked.
You probably believe that all you need is a good intention and a strong will.
However, if that were true, none of us would’ve needed so many books, courses (if you’re in a search of good courses, check Skillshare, you get two months for free if you click here
So there must be something more, right?
There must be more to getting things done and organizing your life in a way that you feel in control, and you know that you achieve your goals.
7 Ways to Get Your Life Together In a Week
1. Be clear with your goals
Just as everything else in life, before you take any action, you want to know the result.
Setting goals isn’t just a fancy way to start most of the books of the self-development market.
It’s a real thing.
It’s a direction. Your direction.
If you don’t go where you go, how would you know when you get there?
Imagine going out of your house and walking… Keep walking. Keep walking…
“But where to?” you’ll ask at some point.
Whatever action you take, it must be because of a destination you chose.
Therefore, setting your ideal goals before going on the road of getting your life back on track is so crucial.
I like to take a piece of paper and write down everything that comes on my mind. Then, I take a walk, have a coffee, or just do something different for half an hour.
Afterward, I go back to that list and review the goals I’ve set up for myself. The moment of exaltation is gone, and I’m not so pumped up to conquer the world. Hence, I can be more realistic with the things I would like to achieve.
That’s the moment when I adjust my goals, tweak them, or completely remove them from the list.
Then, it’s time for the next step.
2. Create a list of unfinished projects
Your second step of getting your life together in a week is to create that list of projects you’ve started but haven’t finished yet.
It doesn’t matter how silly a project sounds in your head; if you’ve started it but dropped out at some point, write it down. I would even write down that I started cleaning the kitchen but didn’t finish in a day, and then I got lazy to do it the next day.
You want to have all of your unfinished projects in front of you before you get to the next step. It helps you realize a few things:
- you’ve got a visual list of the number of things that need your attention in one way or another (we’ll get there soon)
- you don’t have to struggle to remember them anymore as they’re written down. Now you can relax and get to the next task.
3. Finish, Delegate or Delete
As simple as that.
Finish the things that need to be finished. No excuses. If something needs to get done and you must do it, either put yourself in action mood or schedule it for the next few days or weeks (whatever is relevant to the project).
If there are things that must get done, but you could delegate to someone else – go for it.
We’re often scared to ask for help, delegate, and assign things to other people. It makes us feel inefficient, lazy, and unproductive.
And that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, by delegating, asking for help, and assigning tasks to others around you, it helps you be more productive and precise with your other projects. By freeing that time, you will be less stressed and much more inspired to keep the momentum.
And finally, delete the unnecessary.
Often, the best way to deal with some things on our to-do list is by scratching them off of it. If you’ve been delaying something for a very long time, think if it’s worth the mental energy to keep reminding yourself to do it. Maybe it’s not the right time for it.
4. Organize your home… or not!
We all know that there isn’t a video, a book, or any article online that doesn’t mention the importance of having a clean and organized home.
But what if you’re not as organized as you want to be? What if there are piles of clothes you fail to reduce? What if the dust likes to collect for a few days before you make yourself clean it? What if your home isn’t dirty, but it’s messy, and that’s how it always is?
You’ve got two options:
- To get cranky and stressed by your own messiness and then to clean it.
- To clean it and accept that you’re this type of person and your home will never be perfect.
I chose the second one. My home has always been messy. Right now, while writing this post, I have a messy desk with at least eight different notepads, planners and books on it, washi tapes, my cup of coffee, and my breakfast bowl… cause why not!?
But you know what?
On top of that, I have my aroma candle lit up, and I feel zen!
I am messy. I feel stressed not because I’m messy, but because I don’t want to accept the fact I’m a messy person.
Plus, it helps a lot if I think of it as creative messiness!
Why am I rambling about being ok with the messiness?
Because only after we accept that something is the way it is we can relax and look for ways to make it better.
Only after I accepted that I’m messy, I managed to feel ok with it, and look at it and say, “Is there something I could do about it now?” If yes, I do it.
5. Organize and clean your thoughts!
Ok, this one is important!
I don’t know about your home, but your thoughts must be organized, and there’s no escape from that if you truly want to get your life together in a week.
Do you struggle with negative thoughts and emotions?
Work on your negative self-talk. If you wouldn’t tell something to your best friend, don’t tell yourself either.
Too often, we’re very rude to ourselves. We would never treat anyone else as bad as we treat ourselves sometimes. Choose love and self-compassion for yourself. You deserve it.
6. Set Intentions for the type of person you’d like to become
And not just any intentions.
Set the right intentions for yourself.
What type of person would you like to be?
How would that person talk, walk, or act?
Make a pack with yourself that you choose to be in control of the things you can control – your decisions, your actions, and your reactions.
Also, promise yourself to let go and accept that many things are out of your control – other people’s decisions and their actions.
Work on your intention to get your life together, not just this week, but the week after that as well.
As I mentioned, you don’t change your life in a week or a month. You do it in the second you choose the right intention. All that happens after that is that you live according to that intention.
For example, if you’d like to stop smoking or drinking too much alcohol, setting up the intention that you’re the type of person who doesn’t smoke (or drink) helps you make the right choice next time you’re in a situation to smoke or drink.
Maybe you’re the type of person who exercises every morning? Are you the type of person who respects themselves enough to say No to things that don’t serve his goals?
What type of person would you like to be? Set the intentions now.
7. Plan a routine to help you achieve stuff!
Finally, create a routine that helps you stick to your new decisions.
Why would you want to create routines?
Because a routine is way easier to perform than a simple lonely habit.
For example, if you’d like to wake up early, create a routine around it. Wake up and stretch. Then make yourself a huge cup of coffee and sit down to listen to an audiobook or meditate. That’s a routine that includes the main habit you’d like to develop.
What if you’re a person who would like to spend less time on your phone? First, track how long you stay on social media (iPhone has that option automatically in Settings) and then decide how long you’d like it to be instead.
Next step: switch off all notifications and divide that time into small chunks of time throughout the day. If you’d like to spend some time on social media, attach it to a task you’ll have to perform before that. For example, before you get on FB, you need to finish your work projects for the day, clean the kitchen table, take the bin out, or something else. Attach the unproductive habit of staying on social media to a productive habit – create a routine out of it.
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