Hi there, lovelies! Today I want to share with you some of the things I do at the end of every month for a fresh start.
To start my month the right way, I always make sure to plan accordingly. That way I know what to do and when to do it.
This is very important. You don’t want to schedule a hair appointment before your a workout class!
It also helps me to be more organized. Especially when I have such a fragile memory.
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1. Fill Up Your Planner/Calendar
There are some things that you know in advanced that you should add to your calendar; like birthdays, appointments, bill payments or those activities you always do the same day. For example, a workout class every Tuesday at 7 PM or your laundry.
I also recommend creating a to-do list for the month of the things you want to do, but you don’t know when to schedule them.
I use the Happy Planner to organize my life and work (seriously best planner ever!), and at the beginning of each month it has a blank section for notes that I use for this.
Some of the things I write down in this section are: make appointments if needed, clean my apartment, reply to blog comments, go grocery shopping, plan and schedule blog posts, buy presents for X birthday, do laundry, etc.
You can do this weekly as well, but a monthly to-do list gives you an idea of the things you want to get done. It’s also works great as a reminder of the things you need to do.
Another thing I like to add to planner is all the things I didn’t do the previous month so I can finish as soon as I can. I try to set them up by priority so I won’t end up pushing them back again.
2. Declutter Your Life
When I say “declutter your life”, I don’t only mean: keep your workspace/home organized and clean.
What I’m trying to say is that, you should also declutter all (and not so obvious) aspects of you life. For example, the thousands of photos you have on your phone.
I’m not talking about the the cute photos of your puppy, I mean all the memes and screenshoots that are not relevant/important anymore.
Go through all your photos and decide which ones are still worth keeping in your camera roll.
Pro Tip: download Google Photos (or any other cloud storage) to keep all your photos there instead of your camera roll. That way it’s easier to declutter once a month.
Another thing I do, is go to the folder I keep all my receipts and see which ones are not necessary to keep anymore. For example, random trips to the grocery store for snacks.
There are many things that we don’t realized we keep accumulating that need to be organized.
Something else I like to do, is to organize my closet and dresser. Sometimes I don’t put my clothes or accessories back in the right place so everything looks more messy that actually is.
I will also give you some ideas of other places you should look to declutter and organize at the end of every month for a fresh start.
- Purse and wallet: check for old receipts or trash that we usually keep in our purses, and give it a nice clean. Sometimes I even find some random crumbs in there!
- Emails: I’m actually pretty good at decluttering my inbox. I make sure to delete every spam email right away and I created a folder for those emails that are important for a short period of time. For example: the shipping info from a online purchase.
Also, once a year I go to different folder and delete everything that is not important. I also make sure to delete everything that is in the trash folder.
- Phone: Sometimes we download apps we just use once. So it’s important you get rid of those apps that are only taking up storage. Another idea is to delete all those spam texts and keep just the ones from family and friends.
- Seasonal items: this is something I do every three months or so. I rearrange my closet to keep everything together that is relevant for the current season, and put away those big items that I won’t need for awhile.
- Habits: think about all the things you did the past month that you want to change or improve. For example, I wasn’t drinking enough water so I just ordered a new bottle with a straw that will help me with that.
I will also set up alarms to make sure I’m filling up the bottle enough times, so I can drink 2 liters of water a day.
A good way to keep track of these new habits is by using a habit tracker. I actually made one you can print at home. It includes all the months of the year and each month has space to up to 18 goals or habits.
- Car: it amazing how sometimes we just keep random things in our cars for no reason at all. Water bottles, used masks, melted lip balms, trash, etc.
It’s a good idea to declutter and clean your car once a month to avoid accumulating big amounts of things.
- Computer: this one can be hard. At least it is for me. I have tons of photos for the blog and other things that are hard to simply get rid of.
I do have an external hard drive for my computer where I keep my backups and other things (like photos).
Before deleting EVERYTHING that I won’t need anymore, I make sure to always create a backup in case I make a mistake.
Then I go through every folder to decide what has to go forever, what I should add to my external hard drive (or cloud storage), and what I should keep in my computer.
Finally, I recommend create a decluttering system that you can go through at the end of every month. That ways, it will be easier to do. You can start with a simple list!
3. Set Goals For The New Month
Reflect on the previous month and think about what you want to focus on the new month.
Maybe you prefer focusing on your mental health rather that being super productive for a change. So important to balance all aspects of your life to avoid burning out.
Knowing what you want to achieve during a set of time will give you an idea of how to organize your time.
For example: if you want to start working out, that goal will help you to decide what to add to your planner or habit tracker. Like what days to work out and for how long.
In my opinion, tracking goals and new habits are a good idea. Why? Because it helps you stay focused on whatever you want to achieve.
It also lets you know that you are doing some progress throughout the month. That can help with your motivation!
Once you’ve set your goals, is important to break them down into actionable steps. That way you won’t feel overwhelmed.
For example, if my goal for next month is to write five blog posts, then I would think about all the things I need to do to achieve that.
Like taking photos, research keywords, creating pins for Pinterest, schedule posts so I know when they are due, etc.
Then I would add each small task to my calendar.
Another thing to have in mind when setting goals for your new month are your finances.
I actually started a spreadsheet where I write all my different expenses. I make sure to add where I spent it, what are the items I got; and sometimes I even write the reason why I got them.
That way I can see where my money is going and the reasons why I’m spending it.
I know that saving money is important, but since I started my journey with the Law of Attraction, I’ve been trying to improve my relationship with money.
It’s still hard to erase all those limiting beliefs about money that I learned throughout my life, but it’s getting better and better with time.
Spending money is okay. Some purchases are necessary (and I’m not talking about food).
It’s just that sometimes is hard to find an equilibrium between: saving money, treating yourself (and not fall for overconsumption), and spending money on things that are important like WiFi, food, rent, etc.
BONUS: Don’t Forget About Your New Year’s Resolutions/Goals
Remember I wrote this post about how to keep your New Year’s resolutions? Well, it’s going to be relevant now. Especially if you take the time to set reflect at the end of every month.
If at the beggining of of the year you took some time to write a list with your New Year’s resolutions, now it’s a great time to revise them, and see what you can do to achieve them.
Now tell me, do you usually do any of these things at the end of every month to be more organized? Let me know in the comments!