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!
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.
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Create Monthly Goals
In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I love creating goals for myself. I write personal goals for myself, as well as goals for my blog and business. Writing them down is a great step, and I love the accountability I get with sharing them.
When it comes to the day-to-day tasks to help me reach my goals, I always use this to-do list notepad!
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!
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.
My favorite meal planning tool is this meal planning notepad!
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 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.
What do you do at the beginning of every month to stay organized?
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