get one's act together

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.
See also: act, get, together

get one's act together

Also, get one's shit or it all together . Start to behave more appropriately or effectively; get organized. For example, Once Joe gets his act together he'll get a raise, or You'd better get it all together before the boss comes back. The variant using shit is considered vulgar. [Slang; second half of 1900s] Also see get one's ducks in a row.
See also: act, get, together