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

and get one’s shit together and get one’s stuff together
1. tv. to organize oneself; to get one’s possessions organized. (Usually objectionable.) Let me get my act together, and I’ll be right with you. As soon as I get my shit together and put it away, I be with you.
2. and get one’s head together tv. to calm down and get mentally organized. (Usually objectionable.) As soon as I get my head together, I can be of more help.
See also: act, get, together
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