Book stores aren’t often short of self-help books, and though I’m skeptical of books that tell me they can “change my life in a matter of days”, every so often one intrigues me enough to grab it before I board my flight.
I did just that recently on a flight to Portugal where I was exercising my digital nomad-ism by working from a beach resort. Although I had planned for the trip, I had been having one of those months where everything felt disorganised, both in my mind and on paper.
When I saw “Get Your Sh*t Together” by Sarah Knight on the bookshelf, I thought perhaps the tough love approach (which the title definitely suggests) would do me good.
The book covers everything from cleaning out your inbox, to making a more efficient to do list, to sorting through the mishmash that is your mind when trying to get your tasks in order, or, your sh*t together, as Knight more accurately describes it.
If you’re a connoisseur of self-help books then this one may not be for you. The advice is pretty standard, as in, nothing you haven’t already thought of doing. There’s no real breakthrough moment or insight into how to organise your mind once and for all, but as stated at the beginning of the book, it’s more of a help-you-to-help-yourself kind of book, and it does that very well.
As self-help books go, I’d give it a 7/10. As motivational comedy books go (if there is such a genre) I’d easily give it a 12/10. The humour undoubtedly overshadows the advice given, but not to the extent that you won’t take any good tips away from it, and Sarah Knight is as hilarious on the page as she is on the stage (check out her TED talk below).
If you’re looking for a lighthearted book that will help you to get organised in the short term, with some genuine cry-with-laughter moments, then be sure to buy this book. If you’re sensitive to the word ‘shit’ however, you may want to sit this one out.
Buy the book here.