get your act together
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get (one's) act together
1. To take action to become well-organized, prepared, or in a better state of life. You need to get your act together and finish packing so that we can leave for the airport on time tomorrow morning. I had no direction after college and drifted along for several years, until I got my act together in my thirties with a steady job and good relationship.
2. To organize one's thoughts, often with the aim of regaining one's calm. I really need to get my act together before I go into the board meeting.
get your act togetherINFORMAL
COMMON If you get your act together, you organize yourself effectively so that you can deal successfully with things. We're going to be 22 points down by Monday, and we've got to get our act together. The State Opposition is beginning to get its act together after a long period of muddling through.
get your act togetherorganize yourself in the manner required in order to achieve something. informal
2002 New York Times There are still many who think all that the dirty, homeless man on the corner talking to himself needs is just to get his act together.