The beginning of a new month is always a bittersweet time for me. I’m always excited about entering a new month and making plans for the weeks ahead, but I’m always anxious thinking of how fast the previous month went and how many things I wasn’t able to accomplish. Luckily I’ve come up with some routines to do at the beginning of each month to stay organized, stay productive, and stay on top of things! Seriously, just doing these six things makes a BIG difference!
THINGS TO DO AT THE START OF EVERY MONTH TO STAY ORGANIZED
Evaluate Your Budget
It’s no secret that you should be keeping a budget in order to stay organized with finances, especially if you having savings goals! I like to sit down at the beginning of every month and reevaluate the budget, in addition to keeping track of it throughout the month. This is a good time to see how you did on last month’s budget, as well as make any necessary changes for the upcoming months. This is the time to identify where I’ve wasted money and where I’ve done a good job of saving it.
- Online Tools for Budgeting and Saving Money
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- 8 Things You Might Be Wasting Money On
Create Monthly Goals
In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I love creating goals for myself. I also happen to love talking about goal setting! I write personal goals for myself, as well as goals for my blog and business. Writing them down is a great step, and revisiting them every month helps create some accountability, rather than just the set it and forget it approach that WAY too many people take when it comes to goal setting!
- 5 Benefits of Writing Down Your Goals
- How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Long-Term Goals
- 5 Habits You Need to Quit to Reach Your Goals
Set a Fitness Goal
So many people set ultimate fitness goals (lose X number of pounds, run a 5K, etc), but they don’t set small goals to help them reach that larger goal. Every month sit down and reevaluate your ultimate goal and figure out what steps you can take this month to get closer! The nice thing about monthly fitness goals is that they can be really SMALL and manageable! For example, you might set a goal of trying one new workout class this month. Totally doable, but still something that keeps you moving toward your great fitness goals.
Create a Meal Plan
I don’t always write a meal plan, but I guarantee I am more diligent about cooking meals in the evening and spend less money on groceries when I do. You don’t have to do this a month at a time, but it’s a great time to do it if you do any sort of bulk shopping at Costco, Sam’s Club, etc. Then throughout the month, you can make smaller trips to your local grocery store for your perishable items like produce.
FYI – The meal planning and grocery list notepads over in the shop are my FAVORITES!
Update Your Calendar
At the beginning of each month, it always seems like I’m going to have SO many free weekends and so much free time. Then, as the month goes by, I make new plans or remember plans that I never wrote on the calendar, and suddenly I’m busy every single weekend. I could definitely avoid this if I updated my calendar more regularly and double checked it at the beginning of every month. That way I know what weekend plans I already have, and can be prepared to say no to any last minute plans that interrupt my precious amount of free time.
Do a Deep Clean
The beginning of the month is a great time to take care of the cleaning tasks that don’t do on a weekly basis. Now is the time to take care of things like cleaning out your refrigerator, cleaning out your car, and mopping the floors.
BEFORE YOU GO
They sound simple, and I know it’s only six things, but I swear doing these each and every month makes SUCH a difference in making sure I stay organized and reach my goals all month long. Plus when I’m super prepared, the months don’t tend to go as scary-fast!
I would LOVE to know what things you make time for every month to keep yourself organized. Leave a comment and let me know!
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