1. Set Yourself Goals
At the start of the month I will open up my Positivity Planner and write down my goals, habits and bucket list for the month ahead. Then at the end of each month, I’ll go back to my planner and reflect on what went well and what I want to change. I’ve found that by having monthly goals I’m more likely to achieve everything on my list. In the past when I’ve set myself a New Year Resolution, my motivation tends to wear thin and I usefully forget about my goal by the end of the year. Another reason why I prefer monthly goals is because it allows smaller goals to be added to your list. Whether that’s learning a new recipe or having date night with your partner, when you have a shorter amount of time to achieve a goal, you’re more likely to add on the smaller but equally important goals.
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2. Organise Your Phone Photos
Firstly I’ll admit that I have over 1000 photos on my phone! So as I write this I’m also reminding myself to go through all of my photos, delete the ones which I don’t want and upload the others to my Google Drive. You can also upload to them places such as iCloud, Amazon Cloud and Drop Box. You can then delete those photos from your phone to save space and have peace of mind knowing that your memories are in a safe place. Doing this will help you stay super organised every month!
3. Clear Out Your Purse
I’m not sure about you, but my purse seems to become full very quickly! By the end of the month it’s loaded with loose change and old receipts which I’ve kept just in case. Clearing out your purse at the beginning of the month is a great habit to start doing to get rid of the clutter which you no longer need. Not only will your purse feel lighter but your life will feel just that little bit lighter too.
4. Make Plans With Friends and Family
Most of us are usually very busy therefore finding the time to see friends and family, needs to be planned in advance. Use the beginning of the month to reach out to your loved ones and schedule in dinner dates, nights out and days out. This will avoid any last minute plans which you or one of your friends might not be able to make! Also, don’t forget about the family you live with. Even though you see them every day, plan activities and fun things to do together.
5. Schedule Appointments
Review your calendar at the beginning of the month and schedule appointments to make sure you get the time and date which works best for you. Do you want to get your hair done ready for a date or night out? Are you due a check up at the dentist? Have you been meaning to treat yourself to a massage? Get your appointments booked in and you will feel super organised and productive!
Tip: When I’m planning my calendar, I like to put all of my tasks, appointments and events into my calendar, starting with my non-negotiable, this includes tasks such as work or school. I then schedule in time for self-care, exercise, me time and time to see friends and family. After all of these appointments and tasks are in my calendar I add in the tasks related to m
y blog or any projects I’m working on. By doing this I can clearly see what my days look like and if I am packing too much into one day or if I am wasting a lot of time on tings which aren’t important to me.
6. Buy Birthday Cards
At the beginning of the month make a list of all the birthday cards you need to buy for the month ahead. It’s best to include the first week of the following month too, just in case someone’s birthday is on the first! You can also do this if you plan on buying birthday gifts too. Next time you’re out shopping you can pick up everything you need and avoid those embarrassing belated birthday wishes.
7. Deep Clean Your Home
Stay super organised by by giving your home the deep clean at the start of every month!
Deep clean your home: Once you have de-cluttered your closet and you’re feeling amazing because of it, find a day or a weekend which you can dedicate to cleaning your home.
De-clutter your closet: Let’s be honest, you know that you have items in your wardrobe that you’re never going to wear again. I recommend reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying* by
Organise your work space: Your work space should inspire you, it should motivate you, it should help bring out the best in you. After all, this is where magic happens. Don’t let your work space get cluttered in paper work and unwanted items, organise your work and make life easier for yourself. Try adding photos, candles or inspiring quotes, and if you can, treat yourself to some new stationery.
8. Budget For The Month
The start of the month is a great time to budget for the month ahead. You can figure out how much you need to spend on bills and grocery’s etc. With your remaining money you can work out how much you want to save and how much you want to spend.
9. Choose a Book to Read
I love a good book and I always give myself one or two books to read every month. I like to mix it up with a self-development book and a fiction book. Try to pick out at least one book at the beginning of the month.
10. Clean Out Your Refrigerator
Give your fridge a little extra love at the start of the month. Spend just 15 minutes clearing out those items that are expired. From this exercise you will get a good idea of what items you need and you will be able to plan your meals more effectively using what you already have.