Self-Improvement

10 Things To Start Every Month Right

The start of a month is a great time to get yourself and your home organized!

Starting your month of the right way will help keep the whole month running smoothly and help you stay on top of tasks during the month.

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1) Make a monthly calendar

I recommend using a big wall calendar for the “big picture” and then a weekly planner throughout the month.

On your monthly calendar make sure to note anything that changes month-to-month, your kids/families activities, appointments, meetings, deadlines, etc.

This is meant to be a snapshot of your month to keep you on track and also to help remind you of what is happening this month as you are making it.

I personally have 2 of these, one at home and one at work and find the process of filling out the calendar to be almost as helpful as actually seeing it every day.

2) Create or check your budget

If you don’t already have a standard monthly budget then take this opportunity to make one! It doesn’t have to be a big, daunting task. Simply make a 2 column list, one side with what your expected monthly incomes are and one side with expected monthly expenses.

Then as the month goes on try to keep the list as accurate as possible for what your making and what you are spending your money on.

Each month this will become easier and more accurate as you get a better picture of your spending. And as you become better at tracking you can start to improve the budget by going more into detail and limiting different areas of “leisure” spending to save money.

If this sounds difficult to do on your own then try getting a budget workbook to guide you!

3) Set goals for the month

This is an incredibly important task to do at the beginning of every month. Setting goals helps remind you of what you want to accomplish and the monthly steps you can take to get there.

I like to make a digital list on my phone of my monthly goals then take a screenshot and save it on my phone as my background.

This helps remind you every single day of your goals and helps you stay on track to achieve them. For more advice on your daily goals follow this guide.

4) Start a 30 day challenge

A 30 day challenge is a great opportunity to help you work towards a larger goal or just to provide something fun and different into your life for the month.

There are more than just 30 day fitness challenges out there (though those are great too).

There are challenges for reading books, learning languages, positive-ness, spreading kindness, cleaning, academic, and so many more.

Really if there is something you are interested in improving in your life there is probably a 30 day challenge to help lead and guide you through it! If you want ideas for self improvement then look at these 50 ideas and then check Pinterest for 30 day challenges related to them!

5) Digital organization

Digital organization is seriously just as important as any other form of organization now!

The beginning of a month gives you a great time line to keep up with your digital organization. The 2 biggest things to keep digitally organized are your phone and your email inbox.

I have an 8 step guide to organizing your phone that I recommend reading before you dive into your first round of organizing your phone!

For your inbox the best steps to start with are:

A– create folders for any emails that you want to keep. Be specific with the categories and sub-categories.

B– delete any promotional emails where the promotion has ended.

C– unsubscribe to any emails that are spam or that you never open.

6) Make a monthly to-do list

This is a to-do list with larger and higher importance items than a weekly to do list.

This is items such as bills that need to be paid, appointments that need made, deadlines due, etc. Make sure to keep in mind your monthly (and yearly) goals as you think about what needs to be accomplished this month as well as what you would LIKE to accomplish this month.

Don’t forget about your weekly to-do lists as well!

7) Do a deep clean

The best way to approach a monthly deep clean is to create a list of cleaning tasks that need cleaned every month.

Think about things like cleaning the shower curtains, cleaning out the fridge, dusting ceiling fans, etc.

Doing a deep clean will help your home feel (and of course BE) more clean which helps you start the month off right and you don’t have to worry about cleaning those items the rest of the month!

8) Schedule appointments/meetings/plans

Make sure to not only put this on your to-do list  but actually go ahead and schedule everything at the beginning of the month.

Not only is it something you won’t have to worry about the rest of the month but it also ensures you can get the appointments/dates that best suit you and your schedule.

Once you set the dates for the appointments or plans make sure you update them on your monthly calendar.

9) Decluttering

Decluttering is one of the best ways to make your home feel more organized and clean.

So starting your month with a decluttering session then you will feel more organized and you are able to start your month off to the right start.

Not sure what needs decluttered?

I have a list of 50 items you can declutter! Attempting to declutter every thing on that list in 1 day is not achievable so be realistic and aim for a couple area every month.

10) Go a monthly household shopping trip

An essentials monthly household shopping trip sets you up for success.

You don’t have to go on 15 quick (but not really quick) shopping trips for little items throughout the month if you keep track of what you need and shop strategically!

This trip should be for things like paper towels, cleaning supplies, pet food, etc. For groceries most people have to get them weekly but any non-perishables or seasonings you can consider trying to buy on a monthly schedule too, this helps eliminate some of the stress when weekly grocery shopping.

 

Remember, the start of the month shouldn’t be stressful! It should be an opportunity to help make the rest of the month smoother and less stressful.

 

Korra-Shay

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