Get Your Sh*t Together, Girl!
by Tricia Sylvia
Over 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the end of January. The gym is back to its normal capacity, unused vegetables have been thrown out and replaced with leftover pizza and the phrase "new year, new me" has gone back into hibernation until 2019. But why do we have to wait until next year to make a new goal? After all, January is just a free trial period for the year, right? Let’s start the real work in February.
I’m not here to tell you how to stop eating carbs, how to start working out more, or anything of that nature. I’m not even here to tell you how to organize your room (trust me, if you could see my room you wouldn’t want advice from me on that). I am; however, here to tell you how to add a little organization to your life.
1. Plan like nobody’s business
Find a planner that works for you and use it. Personally, I use Google Calendar and a physical planner. My motto is if I don’t write it down I won’t remember it. Getting in the habit of using a planner not only keeps you accountable, but also makes you seem like you have your life together.
2. Pay attention to the news
Whether you like it or not, there is a lot going on in the world right now and you should be paying attention to it. I don’t mean you have to sit down and watch the news all day—this is the 21st century after all. Subscribe to a newsletter, listen to a podcast, get news push notifications on your phone. Here’s a few of the ways I get my news (yes, I read and listen to all of these):
The Skimm- a daily newsletter describing current events in a short and sassy way
The NYT Morning Briefing- a daily newsletter for world news
The Morning Brew- a daily newsletter keeping it #BusinessProfessional
NPR Up First- a daily 10-minute podcast that you can listen to in the time it takes to wait in line at Starbucks
Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!- Who says news has to be boring? Catch up and compete with this weekly news quiz
3. You friggin’ Tube
You can learn how to do anything on YouTube (last week I had to watch a video to learn how to put in contacts). It is a constant tab open in my browser. If you’re going to mess around on your computer anyways, you might as well look up something you’re hoping to learn how to do. You can distract yourself from whatever you’re doing and boost your resume–it’s a win-win.
4. Keep up with your industry
Whether you’re hoping to get an internship, job or promotion–everybody has a career goal toward which they are striving. The best way to prove to your employer or future employer that you are deserving is to keep up with what is happening. For example, I’m hoping to go into either public relations or advertising firm work, so I religiously listen to AdWeek’s Yeah, That’s Probably an Ad podcast. You never know when you’ll meet someone who can launch your career (Tyra Banks was discovered on an airplane and used her passport as a headshot) so it’s a always a good idea to be ready to impress.
5. Don’t let life get in the way of living
While it’s important to improve yourself, a thriving professional life means nothing if you come home to a sad and boring life. Don’t forget to spend time with your friends, even if you’re tired. Don’t forget to do something spontaneous, even if your planner is full. And don’t forget to get a little crazy, even when you’re trying to get your s*** together.