Book review: Get Your Sh!t Together

Emma De Vita reviews the book by Ruth Field

Get Your Sh!t Together
Get Your Sh!t Together

If you've ever wondered how successful people manage to get everything done, this is the kind of book you need to read. Tough-talking criminal barrister Ruth Field, aka the Grit Doctor, will soon have you whipped into shape.

Subtitled Your prescription for a simpler life, this book provides a strategy for staying on top of every aspect of your life, whether that's managing a team or a household.

Field advocates a no-nonsense approach to life: scrap the to-do lists, stop faffing around and just get on with it. Promised your boss a report for Monday morning? Stop procrastinating and just get it done. Need to prepare an appraisal? Stop surfing the internet and start typing. Should you waver, Field proposes deploying your "inner bitch" - the nagging voice in your head that continually reminds you of the things you should have done, but haven't.

If you're still struggling, Field advocates trying the "shelf exercise". Find a shelf (it could be in your office or at home) that needs ordering. Then clear it up in one go. Not only will you feel supremely satisfied with yourself, but you'll feel inspired to tackle all the other jobs, large and small, that need doing. Go on - what are you waiting for?

Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today

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