Having a Monthly Get Shit Done Day
A word to the wise:
Having a monthly get shit done day is an important practice to add to your life. How many times have you accidentally missed a bill payment or finding yourself short on cash before your next payday? Or perhaps you feel like you haven’t accomplished anything in a few months, making you feel like life is out of control? Taking at least one day a month to focus on those not so fun adult activities is essential for your day to day life and well-being.
This idea is not new to me, but the practice has recently fallen to the wayside. The reason being that some things, such as my finances, have become much more automated and do not require as much time and energy to complete each month. On top of that, getting a puppy a few months ago has been a wild ride that kept me busy most of my waking hours!
With automation comes peace of mind, when it comes to savings and basic bill payments. But because of the automation I became a little bit to comfortable and accidentally put too much money on a credit card without manually paying off the excess amount. If I had kept up with my monthly get shit done day, I would have had the opportunity to address the issue before it became a problem. This, among other reasons, is why I believe having a monthly get shit done day is so important.
So, what does having a monthly get shit done day actually mean?
Get Shit Done Day:
Having a monthly get shit done day means spending at least 1 full day doing all the boring, but necessary, adult things that life requires:
The list could go on and on, but realistically it will be unique to your own lifestyle and situation.
Adulting should not be an achievement:
It’s kind of funny how recently people have started to think of adulting as an achievement. They take photos and tag #adulting to let everyone know they did something responsible.
In the words of Dictionary.com
Adulting is an informal term to describe behavior that is seen as responsible and grown-up. This behavior often involves meeting the mundane demands of independent and professional living, such as paying bills and running errands.”
What makes it funny is the fact that these so called adulting achievements are most often just everyday type responsibilities and things that need to be done on a regular basis.
Now, I am not a totally cynical person. I am thrilled if someone has their life under control and is doing well. But that’s not a reason to post on social media and reach out to friends and family for a pat on the back for doing your laundry. Adulting should be a personal goal that will lead to an increased state of happiness and well-being. Trust me, you’ll feel much better an entire day of getting shit done than you will posting a picture of your folded laundry!
The reason I bring this up is to change the perspective on “adulting”. Thinking of it as some sort of achievement gives the impression that if you didn’t feel like doing it, it wouldn’t matter. Having a monthly get shit done day flips the script. It is not an achievement; it is a hyper focused day meant to crush any and all monthly responsibilities and tasks you haven’t already gotten around too.
Schedule it ahead of time:
I would not suggest waiting until the day before your bills are due or the end of the month. If you do that you may find yourself in a tricky situation if you accidentally forget or get caught up in other things.
Personally, I aim to do this stuff the weekend before the end of the month. This gives me enough time to prep my finances for my monthly bills, be prepared for a fresh start each month and keeps it consistent on a monthly basis.
What My Typical Get Shit Done Day Looks Like:
I try to aim for a Saturday or Sunday so that I have the whole day go through everything.
To start I will wake up and make a tea. I start the day focused on tidying up the house and throwing my laundry in the washer. Next, I clean up my desk to I have a clean work space for later. After cleaning up I make some food, followed by jumping in the shower.
Next thing I do is grab my laptop and day planner and head out to Starbucks! Who says a get shit done day can be enjoyable? With coffee in hand I spend some time planning my work week, workout schedule and note any big appointments or events I need to go to.
Having a weekly/monthly plan written out in a day planner or online calendar is a great way to stay on track throughout the month!
Before leaving Starbucks, I make a list of tasks I want to complete by the end of the day:
After cleaning, planning my week/month and creating a list, I head home for lunch. No point working hard if you don’t feed yourself. As soon as I get home I throw my laundry in the dryer and hang up any clothes necessary.
The afternoon is focused on tackling the to-do-list I made earlier. Ideally you want to crush every item on the list, but sometimes it is important to focus on the items that need to be addressed in a timely matter, there’s only so much time in a day.
If I miss anything, I make sure to mark it down on my calendar so that I don’t miss it!
Okay, so ideally by this point the majority of me to-do-list is complete and my laundry is done. (I often have to remind myself to fold it, or it will sit in a clean laundry basket!)
My main priority for the evening is to try and meal prep. For me this takes a little more effort than the rest of the day. Meal prepping takes time and also creates a lot of messy dishes. The simplest way to meal prep is to just make a huge dinner with lots of left-overs. Alternatively, you can cook purely for the week and deal with dinner separately.
My go to meal prep is to make at least 2 pots of rice. Having rice for me is a big one when it comes to meal prepping. With extra rice, all you need to do is throw some tuna or chicken into it as well as some cut up veggies and you have a meal.
To Wrap Things Up:
- Pick a day prior to any major commitments.
- Tidy your work and living space.
- Try to stay off social media, TV and video games to reduce distraction.
- Turn your music up! Having some great tunes can make hard work easier.
- Hit the important tasks first and reschedule the little things if necessary.
- Prepare of the week and coming month.
- Get lots of rest!
What would be your most important task to deal with on a monthly get shit done day? Is this a practice you’ve already tried? Leave a comment below!