I love the start of a new month it is a great time to reflect on the previous month and to get ready to embrace the new month ahead. Our lives can be pretty hectic, so I’m sure anything that can help with staying organised is a bonus. Also there’s definitely certain things that you have to do at the start of the month. It also puts you in the perfect mindset for the month.
I thought I would share a couple of tips on what you can do at the beginning of every month, hopefully this will allow you a smooth transition into the new month.
1. Reflect on the previous month
For as long as I can remember, my first blog post of the month is my Monthly Favourites post. This is a great way to reflect on the previous month, I love looking on my Instagram to see what I did. Sometimes I even forget what I’ve done in a month! This is also a good way to grow and learn from mistakes. There are a couple of ways you can reflect on the previous month, you can even write a couple of questions and answer those. Questions could include
- What went well?
- What didn’t go so well?
- What happened over the past month?
2. Set specific goals
I am a firm believer of setting specific Goals, this is great for short-term Goals – enabling you to hopefully achieve your long-term Goals. I love setting Monthly Goals, I’ve been setting these on An Ocean Glimmer for the longest time now. I can’t even remember when I started! But, this has allowed me to achieve my Yearly Goals, the whole point of setting Monthly Goals. Also it’s great come the end of the month to reflect on these, then either re-visit them or move on to bigger Goals.
3. Plan your month
It might seem a little obvious but planning your month out at the beginning is really important. I recommend you jot down all your deadlines, events and tasks, along with anything else that you’ll have going on that month. Not only will this help you to stay organised but hopefully, you won’t double book yourself. I am a massive advocate of using a planner, this year I am loving The Classy Planner, it’s gorgeous and includes everything I need to keep organised.
4. Do a quick check of your finances
I am always checking my finances, I hate surprises! I don’t keep that much money in my main bank, else I think I’ve got money I can spend. So I am always checking my bank just in case! Also this allows you to make sure nothing looks weird, no matter how hard you try, you could be a victim of fraudulent charges. If you can notice them when they happen, you can deal with it there and then.
I recommend keeping a tracker of your bills, this way you know exactly what your outgoings are and you can cross them off once they’ve been paid. I know most things are automatic, but you still need to check to make sure there were no problems. Also, my biggest recommendation, especially if you’re looking to save money, move money to your savings account as soon as you’ve been paid. You’ll thank me later!
5. Have an “Office Day”
Don’t you just find that things end up mounting up and then you keep putting it off? Yup, I’m one of those people too. How I’ve been able to get around this is by setting one day at the beginning of the month to do all the boring stuff! Examples of this include, deleting pictures off your phone, organising your desk space and filing your documents. Sometimes I even find myself doing this weekly, of course, it depends on how much you’ve got to organise. I love organising! You gain such a good feeling afterwards.
I hope you have enjoyed this post! What is one thing you do at the start of the month?
Love Gemma x