How To Have a “Get Your Shit Together” Day #gyst

planning tasks and to do's for a gyst day, while having a cup of coffee in a starbucks paris mug.

“A Sunday well spent brings a week of content”, they say. If you have your life together, you can do anything, they say.
Why not combine both, get your shit together on Sundays and slay life?

Of course, you can choose any other day, I personally just like Sundays because here in Germany, Sundays are a lot like bank holidays because everything is closed. And I just like the feeling of being prepared for a new week.
Anyways, here’s my #gyst day routine along with a few tips on how to establish one of your own.

The creation of the term “GYST”

“GYST” is an acronym for “getting your shit together” (duh!) and it was brought into the Internet world by YouTuber Kalyn Nicholson. She uses it to describe these days when you just really need to do a few chores in order to get your life back on track again.

Frankly, don’t we all need to get our shit back together sometimes? For me, as a student who is also working part-time, things can get pretty hectic during the week. When I come home after a long day, I try to at least put my things away to avoid the hugest mess, but there is not much time or energy left to actually clean the place. Let alone do laundry or take care of myself and my body. And let’s not forget these tasks that you always put off because you just can’t seem to find the time? That’s why we need a GYST day, baby.

Part I: Cleaning the House

I live alone. Which means, If I don’t clean, nobody will. Gross. That means, the first part of my Getting My Shit Together Day is cleaning my little studio apartment.
I usually do that first thing in the morning, still in my pajamas, after having breakfast and a nice cup of tea. Put your hair up, whip out the cleaning supplies, and get to it.
You probably know how to clean your house. Still, for the sake of completeness, here’s what I do: First, I put a load of laundry in the washing machine so that this will be taken care of while I do other things. I dust and wipe every surface, vacuum clean the whole place, clean the bathroom, wipe down my tiny kitchen area, and every three weeks, it’s my turn to clean the hallways and I usually combine that with wet mopping my apartment floors as well. (That rotation thing is called “Kehrwoche”, look it up, it’s a strange southern German thing that will be very disturbing to you, ha.)

Part II: Grooming and self-care

At this point (don’t forget running back and forth to the laundry room to check on the washing machine/tumble dryer!), the place is clean as a whistle, but I’m a sweaty, filthy mess. Time for a shower and some clean clothes! Also, chances are I didn’t have time for any beauty routines during the week, so I’ll do all that “girl stuff”: Epilating/shaving, smoothing my feet, putting on a face mask, you name it. I also try to make it nice, light a candle or play some music to make rather weird activities (electric callus remover, am I right, ladies?) feel a little more spa-like.
These days, I’m usually wearing gel nail polish which lasts two weeks, so every two weeks I will also go through the stressful process of removing the color from my toe and finger nails.

gyst day, planning, studying, scheduling and getting ready for the new week

Part III: Preparing for the new week

Now that the place is clean and I am clean, it is time to get ready for a new week.
I look through my calendar on my phone to make sure everything is going to work out. I try to schedule time for working out, getting groceries, studying, or simply relaxing. I also go through the things that I really need to do (remember, the tasks we all like to put off), and try to make an appointment for myself in the next week to tackle them or I schedule a time and date to make phone calls etc.
Getting ready for a new week also means getting my meals ready. I hate cooking, so I try to limit it to once a week. 😀 Meal prepping also means that I don’t have to worry about my food, I can just take a container out of my fridge and toss it in my back to have a lunch on the go. Very convenient.

To be real though… I usually move that part to Sunday night and move on to the next part before getting everything ready for Monday.

Part IV: Recharging and relaxing

Lots of people love being busy and around people. I am one of them. However, I sometimes need some time to recharge my mental batteries, to do brainless and relaxing activities and to just chill out a bit.

That usually means I snuggle up on my couch with a cup of tea, turn on Netflix, order a pizza, go for a walk or get some ice cream. Sometimes all of the above.

Getting Your Shit Together for me means getting out of that anxiety-like state of stress where you feel like you are not getting basic tasks done and everything is rushing past you. GYST day is a day to breathe and wipe the slate clean.

Tips to create your own GYST routine

If you like the concept of #gyst, you might want to give it a try and create your own routine.
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself:

A couple more things:
You can start your day off by writing down all the things that really have to be done and prioritize these tasks. Then write down all the things that you would like to do and so on.
Another possibility is using a digital or online app for to do lists.
Try to get yourself in the right mood to Get Your Shit Together. Listen to your favorite tunes, put on comfy clothes, light a candle, scroll through some inspiring posts on Pinterest or tumblr.

And now: Happy GYST day, everyone!


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