1. Take small steps. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF 20th Century Fox The most common mistake people make when they're trying to get their shit together is to try do everything at once. Rome wasn't built in a day, and you're not going to overhaul your life in a few hours – attempt it and you're just setting yourself up for failure.Instead, decide on a few key steps to help you get organised, break them down into bite-sized chunks, and map out a realistic plan for doing them. 2. Drink more water. Nickolodeon The most important tool for getting your shit together: your body. Getting things done is 100 times harder when you're not looking after yourself, so before you start overhauling your desk/home/life, make sure you're looking after yourself. Step 1. DRINK MORE WATER. It's so cliche, but so easy to forget. Dehydrated you is sluggish and headachy and dizzy, so get a big bottle of water to put on your desk, and keep it filled up. 3. Get more sleep. weheartit.com Step 2 of looking after yourself: getting enough sleep. Take it from a chronic night owl – not enough sleep will make it so much harder to focus and get shit done. I often get absorbed in something and, before I know it, it's 1am and I'm still staring at a laptop. So one trick I use is to set an alarm for when I want to go to sleep. Be strict and make yourself get into bed, with your phone outside your bedroom. If you're *really* terrible at stepping away from your computer though, there's software that will shut down your computer at a certain time. 4. Incorporate a 10-minute walk into your daily routine. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @sonyafirst Baby steps, right? If you want to start leading a more active lifestyle, you don't need to start killing it at the gym or sign up to a new exercise class you'll never go to. Instead, work out a way to fit an extra 10 minutes of walking into your regular routine. Get off a bus stop early on your commute to work, or pick a lunch spot a 10-minute walk away. 5. Automate everything. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF vimeo.com The best things you can do when you're getting your shit together are things that take very little energy but have a big pay off, i.e., automating as many things in your life as possible, so you don't have to think about it again. Get your bills and rent taken out automatically. Set up a standing order savings account so the money you want to save gets taken out without having to think about it. Better yet, set up a Sweep service that takes everything you have left in your account at the end of the month and puts it in a savings account. 6. Write things down. Tumblr / Via rinaris-sanctuary.tumblr.com You need to stop relying on your brain to remember really important information. We're all busy people and stuff gets lost among the million other things we need to get done. Someone tells you they need something. It's simple, so you think you'll remember it. Lunch, a printer malfunction, and two urgent deadlines later and boom, it's vanished from your head without a trace. Then suddenly your boss is asking if you sent that email they asked you to *hours* ago and you're doing your best impression of a goldfish. Get a notepad. Write shit down. Get shit done. 7. Back everything up. HBO When was the last time you backed up your laptop? Your smartphone? What about your keys, do you have copies? What if you lost your bank details, or your ID? Sit down ASAP and make backups of absolutely ~everything~. That means backing up all your technology, getting copies of your keys cut (car keys AND house), and scanning copies of all your important documents to keep on a locked folder on your computer. It's a ball ache but if anything happens to any of those things, you will be SO grateful you did it. 8. Get a money-management app. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF AMC One of the best things you can do for your finances is to start tracking where your money is going. It's super easy these days too, with the rise of apps. There are SO many financial apps out there, but some of my favourites are Spending Tracker, Level Money and Money Dashboard. 9. Give everything a "home". View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @ikeauk A handy trick to stay organised is to give everything you own a "home". That means there's a rightful place for everything, and it will make finding things SO much easier. If doing your whole house feels like too much, focus on giving homes to everything in just one space: your desk, or your kitchen for example. 10. Recycle one item of clothing before you buy anything new. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Touchstone Pictures This kills two birds with one stone: You'll declutter your wardrobe, AND stop yourself from buying unnecessary new clothes. Oh, and you'll be helping the planet and your charity of choice. That's a quadruple threat right there. 11. Keep your passwords in one secure location. lovethispic.com Never forget a password again, and remove the risk of any password reminders getting stolen in one fell swoop with a password storage site or program like PassPack or LastPass. 12. Focus on the clutter hot spots. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF bestreviews.com Every office and home has certain hot spots that always seem to get cluttered. Work out which bits those are (think bedroom tables, under the kitchen sink, front hall), and focus on keeping them clutter-free. 13. Unsubscribe from any unread newsletters. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Scott Free Productions if you're not actually reading that newsletter, unsubscribe. Instead of just complaining about that company sending you a million emails a week, UNSUBSCRIBE. Be ruthless. The unsubscribe button is the key to an uncluttered inbox. 14. Make an inventory of all your household supplies. Tumblr / Via chemicalfreelife.tumblr.com Write down exactly what you have in the house that are ~essentials~, from cleaning supplies to nonperishable foods to toiletries. Then, check it once a week to make sure you aren't understocked. Important: You should also use the inventory to prevent overstocking too. You might think it's a good idea, but really you're just creating unnecessary clutter. 15. Get a task-management app. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Nickolodeon You'll be surprised how having an app on your phone to keep track of your deadlines and to do lists will help you stay on top of stuff. It'll keep everything organised in one place for you to see what needs doing and when. And getting to cross completed tasks off the list is the most amazing feeling ever.Wunderlist and AnyDo are both great. 16. Sort your papers. Tumblr / Via once-upon-a-map-blog.tumblr.com Creating a simple sorting system for your papers will help keep everything in order. All you really need are three folders: "to do", "to read", and "done". Take 10 minutes each day to put your papers in one of the piles, and it will make working through them a ~lot~ easier. 17. Check all your expiry dates. Ornickarr Greenbarrow / Via Flickr: cat_looking_at_the_stars Put one weekend aside to check all the expiry dates in your house. Medicines, food, beauty products, EVERYTHING. And anything that's out of date needs to go. Because 1) it's taking up unnecessary space, and 2) it could be dangerous to take or use. 18. Speed eliminate. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF NBC At the end of the day, organising is a huge time suck, and one not a lot of us have time for. Speed up the process by doing speed eliminations: set a timer to 15-20 minutes, and go through a room, getting rid of everything you don't need. Don't sit and agonise over piles of old photos and cards. This is about getting rid of shit FAST, so move quickly and throw out things you definitely don't need. 19. Say no. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tumblr / Via butfirstatwist.tumblr.com Ahh, the simplest way to help sort out your life and get your shit together. Start saying no. You don't have to go to every invite, and you don't have to be pressured into doing stuff you don't want to, because you're an adult and you choose how you spend your time. Start saying no to more stuff you don't really want to do, and suddenly you'll find yourself with more time, more money, and more peace of mind.