Two books that changed the way I think
About 5 months ago I picked up a book called "Get Your Sh*t Together" by the author Sarah Knight. The book is a hilarious insight into her life and somehow your own because she knows exactly what you need to do to get your sh*t together. After having a slight change of plans in my career path this was the perfect book to boost my morale and motivate me to actually do what I want. I can't praise enough how well written this book is, I may only just be starting my life in the real world but this book has all the answers on how to be on top of everything in every aspect of your life.
Get Your Sh*t Together is more of an anti-self-help novel, using satirical humour and witty pop culture references. It focuses on the importance of organising your life and most relatable to me, getting through the everyday sh*t you have to do and prioritising the things that you actually want to do. By the end of this book I found myslef and point of view change on many things. I finally started to free up time for me and what I wanted to do.
Sarah Knights first book The life changing magic of not giving a f***, is a parody of the well known book by Maria London The life changing magic of tidying up. I accidently read the second book first but nevertheless I still gained just as much. After finishing the book a couple of months ago I still find my mind drifting back to certain things. How much time do I actually spend people pleasing? Turns out alot! I go places I don’t want to go and do things I don’t want to do in order to please others, even if it’s to my emotional or financial detriment. Like many women in particular, I apologize when I haven’t done anything wrong and I put just in my emails so they don’t come off too strongly worded. The underlying message of this book is the title...stop caring so much about what people think and just carry on!
“Even though I’ve always been this type A overachiever, ambitious person, it’s okay to say, ‘I don’t give a f*ck about getting up at 6:30 in the morning and taking the subway to Rockefeller Center to sit at a desk job surrounded by people that I don’t consider my friends, and solve other people’s problems all day instead of solving my own,’ ” Knight said in a recent interview with vogue magazine.
The most important things I took away were to embrace the not sorry method. When assessing if you truly care about something, ask yourself: Does it annoy? If the answer is yes, you are to stop giving an F about it full stop. You don't need to be sorry for not doing something that you simply don't want go do.
Draft a budget, How do you stop doing things that you don't want to do eg. Not going to a line of friends birthday, when you're worried that it will hurry someone's feelings? Knight’s answer is a F*ck Budget. Nail down the limited group of friends, family members, and coworkers (and which of their showers, homemade jam sales, and Kickstarters) you value the most and whom you will support enthusiastically. They get your f*cks. But those who are not on the list are not guaranteed your time, effort, or funds
Overall, both of these books are a great read and will have you giggling wherever you are. Anyone can read these books in any given time in their life and take something away. They've both got a 10/10 from me!
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