It is the start of a new month, I love that clean slate feeling and a chance to re-evaluate your goals and what you want from life. You will want to start your new month off the right way – organised!
When you are organised you are more likely to be act more productively and intentionally. You are going to want to give yourself the best possible start.
Like I said a new month for me feels like a clean slate. I have a monthly reset routine, where I look to refresh all areas of my life to achieve my goals. A new month is your own blank canvas, it is exciting and there are endless possibilities that lie in wait for you.
Reflection is a helpful practice and should be a regular occurrence in your life. It enables you to appreciate what you have and what you have achieved so far.
These are 8 things I do at the start of the month to be more organised:
1. Reflect on the previous month
The start of a new month is the perfect time for reflection. You can look back on what has happened in the past month and what you have achieved. You should acknowledge the small wins and not just your big achievements.
It also gives you the opportunity to see what tasks or goals you didn’t achieve and bring them forward into the new month. In addition to these, you can reassess whether your goals are still aligned with what you want in your life.
2. Set your monthly goals
A new month means new possibilities and to make sure you are productive with your time you are going to want to set S.M.A.R.T goals. Setting specific monthly goals will help you to stay focused on what you ultimately want to achieve.
When you set yourself goals they not only motivate you, it also means you are holding yourself accountable for progress. I try to focus on a particular area each month and not overcompensate. Do not set lots of goals each month that are not realistic, you do not want to set yourself up for failure.
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3. Clear and organise your emails
I know as a blogger how many emails you can receive including spam emails. That is without including all the emails I get to my personal email address. They can sometimes be overwhelming. At the start of the month you should take time to clear our and organise all your email folders.
Once you have filed the emails that are needed, you can remove the others and this means you are less likely to miss an important email when it comes in. This is vital if you are a blogger.
When you are going through this process you can also evaluate your email subscriptions and unsubscribe to the companies you keep meaning to. Another positive benefit of clearing out all your email folders is that you help the environment, as you are using less server space.
4. Check in with your finances
Regularly checking in with your finances is a healthy habit to start. You can look at what your income will be and your outgoings will help you budget for the month. Additionally, this will help you when you are scheduling in fun activities.
This can also be a great time to look into any subscriptions services you are paying for that you have been meaning to cancel. You don’t want to waste. Being aware of your finances means you can budget for the month, it can stop you from missing a payment and cause you to become overwhelmed.
5. Have a paper clear out
Over the course of a month a lot of paper can accumulate – receipts, letters, to-do lists or notes with reminders on.
Use some of your time to file away the mail correspondence you have around your home or office. Not only will it make your life easier when it comes to needing specific paperwork but, your home and office will be clutter free.
To keep all my paperwork organised I have a file box that has separate folders for different subjects, this stops me mislaying any important documents. Loose papers can always make a space look untidy.
6. Schedule in some fun and self care
Now of course you cannot always plan in fun, sometimes it comes from spontaneous decisions. However, it is important to schedule in some fun social activities. Allocating time to spending it with family and loves ones is not only good for your mental health but allows you to make treasured memories.
Your health and mental health are so valuable so it is important you have time set aside each week to practise some form of self care. This means that even if your month gets busy, you still have allocated time to make yourself a priority.
I use my habit tracker to help me stay consistent when it comes to practising all forms of self care as it holds me accountable.
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7. Clean and organise your workspace
Whether you work from home or in an office, your work environment should be clean and organised to limit distractions and improve your productivity. There is nothing worse than sitting down to a messy and unorganised desk.
Give your desk and work environment a clean and tidy, so that when you come to work you will feel motivated to work. You will enjoy working at your desk.
I have recently brought a desk and chair and I love having a designated workspace. I will be decluttering and giving my desk a clean every month, to ensure my space stays organised. That will help me to start each new month off the right way.
8. Do a brain dump
Use a page or two in a notebook or your bullet journal to do a brain dump, noting down any business ideas, tasks you need to do or upcoming events and occasions. When you declutter your mind it can help your improve your focus and concentration.
I like to start a brand new month knowing what events and occasions I have so that I am prepared, I hate not being prepared! It also means when you go to plan your weekly spreads you have master list of all tasks and plans you would like to achieve.
These are 8 things that I like to do at the start of each month to keep me on track, to not only reach my goals but to ensure I am organised with my time.
What do you do at the start of the month to be organised? I’d love to hear in the comments.