Writing lists is one of the best things you can do to start getting more organized. And the beginning of the month is a great time to start implementing organization tactics. Which is why I am sharing these helpful 15 lists to write at the beginning of the month! These monthly lists should help you start living your best and more organized life.
Also, I have a video here where I chat about these lists here if you prefer to hear my chat about them and go a bit more in depth about the lists and why they are so helpful! And subscribe while you are there! But those are lists for longer and shorter terms so if you are looking for lists to write monthly rather than weekly or annually then keep reading!
Before we jump into this list of lists to write I want to quickly share the benefits of writing lists. Because to truly understand why you should write lists you should know the benefits first.
The benefits of writing lists:
- Lists help you visualize what you need to do and see all of your ideas. Making tasks visual on a list helps improve the chances you actually accomplish the whole list.
- They also help you prioritize. When you know everything on a to do list or goals list you can then go back and prioritize much easier than if you don’t actually make a list.
- Helps reduce anxiety. If you are an anxious person you know that the fear of the unknown can be very scary. But writing lists can help you see everything and help eliminate some of that anxiety about the unknown because you can see everything you need to do.
- Lists help you stay on task. By following a list you can keep yourself on task and more productive. This is specifically for to do lists and project planning lists!
- They help improve your memory. This is because writing things down on pen and paper help boost your memory (same logic as to why it’s recommended to write down notes while reading textbooks for school).
Now let’s jump into the 15 lists to write at the beginning of the month so you can get more organized. And remember, you only need to write the lists that help you! Don’t feel obligated to write every single one of these lists at the beginning of the month because that may overwhelm you.
Also, you will get used to the process after you do it a couple months and it will get quicker and take less time to make the lists! I keep all of my lists in either my planner or my notebook depending on what list it is.
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15 Lists To Write At The Beginning Of The Month
Write these lists every month to get organized!
List 1: Goals for the month.
The first list I recommend making every month is definitely one of the most helpful. And it’s a list of your goals for the month.
This will also include the steps you need to take that month for achieving your annual goals. Writing a monthly goals list is a great way to stay motivated and productive each month.
List 2: A running shopping list of things you need to buy.
This one of the monthly lists is so helpful for keeping an organized home and helping you spend less time running back and forth from stores.
Make a list (I recommend doing it in your planner or your phone) of things you need to grab for your home when you are already going to the store. That way you can utilize your time better!
List 3: A master to do list.
A master monthly to do list can be so important for being more organized and productive.
This is just a list of everything you need to complete in this month so it can help you stay on track.
List 4: Budget list- include expenses and income tracking.
This list is so helpful for keeping you focused and on track with your finances.
I just make this a list of what I spend each month and what I earn but you can also do a more formal budget. Whatever works for you!
List 5: Meal planning/meal prepping lists.
These lists are for helping you plan your meals for the month. Which is especially important if you are meal prepping so you can plan out what you need and when you will be meal prepping.
List 6: Monthly cleaning projects.
Making this list every month has been to huge for helping me keep a cleaner home!
If you are looking for some ideas then check out my 30 day deep cleaning challenge.
List 7: Pantry, fridge, and freezer inventory list.
This list is so insanely helpful when you are at the store. No guessing what you already have at home or whether it is expired. Update this list regularly and make sure to bring it with you to the grocery store.
Hint: make this list on your phone so that it is always handy!
List 8: Any appointments or meetings you need to do.
This list is pretty self explanatory but it is so helpful for keeping you organized and on top of things throughout the month.
After you make this list I recommend either putting the information in your phone calendar or hanging the list somewhere visible. Or both!
List 9: Fitness plan list/goals.
This list (or lists) is great for helping you stick to your long term fitness goals. Set some smaller monthly health and fitness goals and your plan for achieving them.
List 10: Emails to send.
Making a list of emails you need to send is a super helpful list for the beginning of the month because it really helps you stay on top of things.
I am busy with my work, planning a wedding, projects, etc so making this list has really helped me and hopefully it will help you too.
List 11: Errands to run list.
An errands to run list has been crazy essential to living a more organized and productive life.
Largely because I keep this list visible and now my significant other can check it when he goes out and checks if there is any errands he can do. It makes our whole household run smoother and more efficiently!
List 12: Bills to pay and when they are due.
This list seems obvious but if you aren’t currently keeping track of when bills are due and how much you will be thankful you start.
Even if you have automated all of your payments it is still super helpful to know how much each bill is and when the money will leave your account.
List 13: Books you want to read/ shows to watch lists.
Probably the most fun idea for a list to make on this list is books you want to read and shows you want to watch.
I find this to be so helpful because I can use it to just jump into the next book or show rather than taking time researching and figuring out what I would want to read or watch next.
List 14: Restaurants to try list.
Okay this is another fun list and it is restaurants to try this month list.
My significant other loves this list because it makes the “well where do you want to go to dinner” conversation way easier. We just try the next restaurant on the list if we aren’t sure where to go. It also has really helped us try new places and we have found some favorites in the process!
List 15: 30 day challenge.
The final of the monthly lists to make at the beginning of the month is a list of whatever 30 day challenge you are doing this month. I really recommend trying to stick to a 30 day challenge every month and making a list of it in your notebook or planner is a great way to really actually stick to it.
I hope this post on lists to write at the beginning of the month is helpful and helps you live a more organized and productive life! Monthly lists are so helpful for living your best and more organized life. Let me know in the comments if these monthly lists are helpful for you and if you have any questions about them.
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