A fresh month brings new goals, ideas, and adventures and it makes it a lot easier to obtain when life is organized.
Here are 7 tips to get organized at the beginning of the month, so that you’re off to a great start every month!
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1. Plan Your Month Out
Use a planner to plan out your month. If your entire month (or most of it) is not already on the books, then plan out your week. Either way you should be writing down exactly what you need to be doing throughout the month. This not only helps with headache from forgetting to do something, but it makes helps you be more efficient and focused.
This is due to that fact that you’re not constantly having to come up with things you should be doing throughout the month, but instead sit down and plan for 20-30 minutes in your planner to get it all out. The Lifestyle Forever Planner can help you get on track.
2. Clean Around The House
A clean and organized home makes for a more productive space. I am someone who needs to have a clean and organized desk to get work done. There are also people who can have a “messy” desk and know exactly where everything is.
By having an organized and clean space you will spend less time on trying to find things and more time working on what needs your attention. Get the Cleaning Forever Planner (coming soon) that I use to make sure I’m getting all chores done each month.
3. Create A Budget
4. Follow Up On Things That Weren’t Completed Last Month
Most of us create a to-do list each month, but sometimes we can’t get to everything on our list for whatever reason, which is totally fine. We’re all busy, but be sure to follow-up on tasks that you weren’t able to complete during the previous month. Get them done during the current month, but be sure not to make it a habit of having more than 5-10 things left over each month as this makes your to-do list for the current month longer than it needs to be.
5. Create A Monthly To Do List
Create a monthly to do list if you can. I personally prefer monthly rather than weekly because I’m in the business of planning, so I already know what I need to do for the month. I will add things to my list as they come up throughout the month, but I don’t have multiple to-do lists for the month. I have one to-do list designated to each month. The Lifestyle Forever Planner includes a monthly to-do list, perfect for getting things done.
6. Organize Your Emails
We get hundreds of emails per month and I have a folder for every single email. I have not 100% mastered this task as I’ve had the same email since high school, so you could imagine just how many emails I’d have to sort through, but a couple years back I used a free service to help organize my emails called Chunk. It helped me, so I will need to go back and use it again to organize the last couple of years emails that I haven’t organized yet. Overall, there are many apps that can organize your emails for you or you could start organizing them today and make it a habit of organizing them every month. I highly recommend the latter.
7. Block Off At Least A Hour Per Week To Yourself
Self-care is crucial! Self-care is crucial! Self-care is crucial!
I’m repeating it and giving it its own line because its that important. If you do not take care of yourself first, you will burnout and that’s no way to go through life. You can not take out of an empty cup, so make sure your cup is full and you’re taking care of yourself.
Self-care looks different to different people. This may include getting a massage, going to the barber, watching 3 episodes of your favorite show in a row. Whatever it is make sure you’re giving yourself AT LEAST 1 hour every week to do it. You’ll be a lot happier and its something to look forward to each week.