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The beginning of the month is always like a fresh start making it the perfect time to reset and reorganize.
This list is not only going to help you start the month off strong, but it is going to help you to stay on track with your goals too!
Let’s not waste any more time. Grab your coffee, your planner, and your can-do attitude.
Reflect on the previous month
In order to set yourself up for success in the new month, you need to reflect on the old month.
How did you feel? What did you accomplish? What did you enjoy? What would you want to change?
Take note of these things and make sure to address them when you revisit your planner.
Revisit your goals
If you want to achieve your wildest dreams, you need to be setting goals and working towards them every day.
At the beginning of the month, you need to look at how much progress you have made.
If you killed it last month, identify why you think you did so well so you can replicate the results.
Maybe last month you didn’t do so well. That’s fine. But try and identify what distracted you. Use that info to make a game plan for the new month.
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Lineup a learning opportunity
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Get out the planner
Grab your planner, your highlighters, favorite gel pens, washi tape, or whatever you use when you put things in your planner at the beginning of the month.
First, you need to double-check that you have everything written in the planner that you need. Comb through your emails. Look through your notes. Ask your spouse, partner, or whoever. Do what you need to make sure you have all of your obligations penciled in.
Make sure you have time set aside for things you need to do for yourself also. Whether that is putting your workout in your planner or blocking off part of your schedule for downtime, you need to put it in your planner.
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Create a list of “Incompletes”
If you are human that has some sort of life, you have things on your to-do list that didn’t get done (Hello, donation boxes that are still in the trunk!).
Go through your lists and then make a new list of incompletes.
Now you need to decide which things really need to be done and which things you can cross off the list.
Do a tech cleanup
Is your phone cluttered with tons of apps? Is your storage full of 10,000 selfies?
Go through your phone and delete the apps you don’t use and the ones you spend too much time on. You can always re-download them if you need too.
Next move on to the pictures. Keep a few of the best selfies, delete the rest. A hundred photos of your kid’s basketball game… pick a handful of the best and delete the rest.
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Take a look at your finances
This is one of those tasks that makes everyone a little uneasy. But the more you dig into how you spend your money the better.
Go through and look at your purchases and your savings account.
It is so easy to order Uber Eats on a lazy night or pick up coffee on your way to work. But what isn’t easy is seeing just how much those things can eat up your budget.
This isn’t to say you shouldn’t spend your money on those things, but you should be aware of how much you are spending on them. You’ll just need to spend less on something else.
Identify areas of spending you would like to reduce or even eliminate.
Prioritize your bills and then allocate spending to the things that are important to you.
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Clean out your car
Be honest. When was the last time you cleaned out your car?
Go through your car. Clean out the french fries from the car seats. Go through the receipts you’ve stashed in your center console.
If things are looking a bit dusty, grab some cleaner and get busy. Clean the windows and the dash. Get out the Dyson and vacuum any upholstery.
If the weather permits you can hand wash or at the very least, go through the drive-through wash.
Deep clean the fridge
Now that your car is looking good it is time to tackle another mess, the refrigerator.
Before you go shopping, go through your refrigerator. Actually, just take everything out.
Once everything is out, grab your cleaning supplies and wipe down every square inch of the fridge.
Now that the inside is clean, look at everything before you put it back in the fridge. Toss anything that is expired, looks funny, smells weird, or has turned green.
Take note of what you have and what you need.
Shop for staples
You will have a list of things you need after going through your refrigerator.
To that list, add the things you need for around the house. Trash bags, laundry detergent, and the like.
Now bring your list with you when you go to the store. Without it, you’ll forget something. Also, make sure to stick to the list.
Related reading: How To Save Money On Groceries
Start Your Month Strong
I hope this post on 10 thing to do at the beginning of the month helps you have the best month ever. Even if you can’t do all 10 of these things, doing 1 or 2 will make a dramatic difference. Better yet, use this list to inspire you to make your own list. The person that knows what will work best for you, is you!