Are you the kind of person who resolves to quit drinking on January 1st, then wakes up on January 2nd with a kitchen full of empty wine bottles and a raging hangover?
You’re not alone. If your life is a hot mess, we feel you!
Keeping resolutions, pursuing your goals, and getting your life back on track can be a challenge, we’re not going to lie. But it doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together this simple guide to how to get your life together.
How to Get Your Life Together Without Stressing Out
If you want to know how to get your life back on track, follow these simple steps.
If you’re wondering how to sort your life out, you may want to jump in and get started straight away. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, the best way to get started is to actually take a step back.
Taking the time to reflect lets you decide what’s most important to you, what your dream life looks like, and set goals for the future.
Meditation is a great way to reflect, not to mention having many benefits for your health and wellbeing. When you think of meditation, you may think of Buddhist monks sitting in silence for hours, but you can get results even from meditating for just five or ten minutes a day.
However, if you can’t sit still for five seconds let alone five minutes, an even more approachable way to reflect is through journaling. Putting your thoughts on paper lets you sort through your feelings and clarify what you want your life to look like.
If you’re new to journaling or if you already have a journal but want to take a more goal-orientated approach, our Art of Journaling series provides the perfect combination of all the supplies, guidance, and motivation you need!
2. Set Goals
Once you’ve taken the time to reflect, it’s important that you set concrete goals for your life.
What exactly do you mean when you say you want to get your life in order? Do you want to be healthier? Progress your career? Have more meaningful relationships? Find your purpose? All of the above?
These goals will likely develop organically as part of your reflections. If you’re still struggling to define these objectives, try this exercise: imagine yourself one, five or ten years from now. What does your ideal life look like? Try to create a mental picture that includes your lifestyle, your work, the people in your life, and your ideal physical and emotional state.
These will then become your life goals for the future.
Defining your goals is relatively simple, the hard part is achieving them!
This may seem difficult, but it is not impossible: you just need a solid plan.
As much as we’d love to think that hope and prayer will make our dream life materialise, the truth is that the only way to achieve your goals is through hard work.
This is where you need to get organised. Come up with a plan for how you are going to reach each of your goals. Realism is your best friend here, there’s no point in pretending like you’re going to achieve your dream life overnight.
For example, if your goal is to improve your fitness, make small milestones for yourself that will eventually get you to the level of fitness you want. Rather than kidding yourself that you’ll get up tomorrow and run 5km before breakfast, plan to go for a short run or walk, and gradually step up your level of activity.
It helps to put this all down on paper so you can refer back to your plan: a bullet journal or Law of Attraction planner are ideal for this.
4. Stay on Track
Ok, so you have your goals, you’ve made your plan, now how do you make sure these don’t go the same way as all those failed diets and forgotten New Year’s resolutions?
The key to actually sticking to your plan is to track your progress. Monitoring your habits and activities will make sure you stay on track to reach your goals.
Again, a bullet journal or similar is a great asset to help you check in with your plans and make sure you stay the course to eventually achieve your dream life. Check in regularly with the milestones you set to help you hit each one.
If your plan falls behind, don’t panic. The important thing is that you keep going, even if you need to adjust your milestones and timelines. Remember the saying ‘How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.’
Telling a family member or close friend about your plans will also help to keep you on track. After all, there’s nothing like a little shame to make sure you follow through. Knowing you’ll have to admit to your mum or your best friend that you skipped the gym or didn’t put in that application for your dream job is excellent motivation to do the things you plan to.
5. Prioritise Self Care
Sometimes the best thing you can do to progress towards your goals and the life you want to live is to take a break. You’re not a machine, and you can’t expect to be ‘on’ all the time. Taking time out for self-care will give you the energy and motivation you need to keep going and get your life in order.
Give yourself some quality ‘me time’ away from those draining screens by doing something relaxing and rewarding, whether it is getting creative with art or crafts, spending time with your loved ones, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Therefore, self-care is a critical part of getting your life in order.
Now is the Time to Sort Your Life Out
When is the right time to get your life together? Right now.
Seriously. There’s no time like the present and no reason to delay in taking the first steps to achieve your dream life.
It won’t happen instantly, but if you’re willing to put in the time and the effort, you’ll soon get your life in order.
So rather than bingeing out on RuPaul’s Drag Race (and believe us, we love false eyelashes and glittery mega-heels as much as anyone), sit down with your journal and start getting your life back on track. If you want to sort your life out, put away your phone, turn off Netflix, and start by cultivating better habits.
Check out our subscription boxes for all the inspiration and supplies you need to get organised, get creative, self-care, and spend productive time offline.