Talking about grown-up stuff can feel like a bit of a bummer, perhaps this is why we are so successful at procrastinating many of those big, important things. So, check out the 9 things you really, really should do to get your shit together, and still keep a smile on your face.
1. It’s never too early to start planning.
2. Think about the consequences. Chances are good they will suck way more than actually getting your shit together. Take it one thing at a time – lather, rinse, repeat.
3. Get insurance. Get enough. When stuff goes wrong, you don’t want everything else to fall apart, too. Insurance can help cover your vulnerable spots.
4. Write your will and say who gets what, and when. There will be less fighting, confusion and lower probate costs. You know, just in case you can’t actually take it with you…
5. And, of course, your living will. End-of-life wishes are specifics you want people to know, not guess.
6. Pay attention to the details. Make sure access to accounts and important documents can be located. And maybe you’d prefer other things *don’t* get found.
7. Talk about death ahead of time. Talking about it won’t actually kill you.
8. And when you do, tell the truth. Especially with kids. Be kind, but be honest.
9. But most importantly, it’s never too late to start planning.
Written by Chanel Reynolds, Co-Founder of GYST and Founder of getyourshittogether.org.