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I read a book recently – Unleash Your Inner Money Babe: How to Manifest $1,000 on 30 Days by Katherine Zenkina – and as I was reading through it, I realised that I knew all this stuff already.
All of it.
I just didn’t put it into practise.
So, I put it into practise. And guess what? 21 days later, $1,000 landed in my bank account. Out of the blue, totally unexpected. It was from someone who’s been promising to pay me the money since last December. I’ve chased them up a few times, and there were half-hearted promises, the last one several months ago, but I didn’t expect to actually see the money.
But against all my expectation, once I put the practises from the book into place, BAM! There was the money.
Isn’t that interesting?
I got to wondering what other practises are there that I know about and that could be helping me to get my life moving in the direction that I want it to move, when I saw this pin: 10 Things To Do At The Beginning Of Every Month To Be Super Organised.
What a fabulous list to write! What a helpful tool to have!
With acknowledgement to Laura at thosepositivethoughts.com for the original idea, I rewrote the list based on the things that I do and find important. So, here you go:
10 THINGS TO DO AT THE START OF EACH MONTH TO BE SUPER FOCUSED AND CLEAR
1. REVIEW THE PREVIOUS MONTH
The beginning of the month is the perfect time to reflect on how the previous month went as well as planning for the upcoming month.
Over the last few years, I’ve realised how powerful journaling is in both keeping me on track and helping me to let go of the things that are holding me back.
(If you want more info on journaling, check out this article)
Sit down and spend half an hour or so looking back over the previous month. Go through all the areas of your life, e.g. family, relationships, work/career, money, health, etc. to see how you fared against your goals for that area
2. SET YOUR GOALS FOR THE COMING MONTH
Using your list of the areas of your life and your goals & outcomes for each one, create a list of actions that you want to take this coming month.
If you want more information on the areas of your life and goal setting, check out this article: https://www.middleagedwomensstuff.com/stop-being-so-poor/one-thing-missing/
3. MAKE PLANS WITH FRIENDS & FAMILY
The problem with being busy is that we tend to get to the end of the month and realise that all we’ve done is our daily grind. We haven’t spent any time doing things that we enjoy doing, or things that energise us and make us feel good.
Take a little time at the start of each month to plan some socialising time. Schedule in dinner with your family, a date night with your partner, a movie night with your bestie, a Sunday afternoon barbecue or picnic for your extended family & friends.
Make it a priority to organise this kind of thing.
4. SCHEDULE YOUR CALENDAR
This is one of THE most important things you can do to make sure you’re focused for the entire month.
Once you’ve completed the three things above, grab hold of any appointment cards, notes from school, your action list, relevant emails and letters and start scheduling them in.
Remember, if it isn’t in your calendar, you’re likely to forget it.
And if it IS in your calendar, you don’t have to worry about it till the reminder comes up.
Schedule EVERYTHING in. All your appointments, all your action items, all your socialising, self care, school events, meetings, gym visits, everything. Put reminders on them all and then simply check your calendar for the next day before you go to bed. You’ll feel super organised and productive!
5. BUDGET FOR THE MONTH
The beginning of the month is a great time to budget for the month ahead. Once you’ve figured out what’s happening in the upcoming month, you can figure out how much you need to spend.
6. ORGANISE YOUR DESK/OFFICE SPACE
Your work space should inspire you, motivate you, and bring out the best in you. Personally, I find it impossible to work if there’s a mess around me. But I have to admit that that doesn’t mean that I’m super organised in my workspace; it just means that I shove everything in cupboards (tidily) so that it’s not in my face!
The start of the month is the perfect time to get that filing done, clean your desk (get the cleaning gear out!) and make the whole area feel inviting, clear & inspiring.
You can add a few photos, candles or inspiring quotes, and if you can, treat yourself to some new stationery or pens.
7. CLEAN OUT YOUR FRIDGE & PANTRY
Sometimes, I cringe when I open my fridge. Milk spills in the door, wilted bits of lettuce in the bottom of the veggie box, dried up bits of cheese floating at the back of the shelf and those inevitable empty jars that have been placed in the fridge by the friendly household ghost.
It has to be a ghost that’s responsible because no one in the family ever owns up to putting empty jars & packets back in the fridge and pantry, yet there they all are.
At the start of every month, give your pantry and fridge a good clean out. Throw out all the empty packets, jars, the half-eaten containers of food that are now out of date and wipe everything down. Doing this has the added bonus of giving you a good idea of what items need replacing and what you’re running short on.
8. TIDY YOUR LAUNDRY & CLOSET
Let’s be honest, most of our time is spent in a rush and putting away the laundry isn’t high on our list of priorities. Unlike some of my friends (I’m not going to mention any names, but you know who you are!), I’m pretty good at clearing out my laundry and putting away the clean clothes, but I do tend to just chuck socks and undies in the general direction of the drawer and hope for the best.
Spend a little time getting on top of your laundry and getting everything organised. Put the clothes away where they’re supposed to go, maybe even in colour order! Tidy your undies drawer. Go through your clothes, throw away things that are worn out and put together a bag of unused clothes to give to your local charity.
9. CLEAR OUT YOUR WALLET / PURSE / BAG
I’m a mother of four. I know exactly what my wallet and my bag can look like after a few weeks of neglect and it’s not pretty.
At the start of each month, take the time to clear all the receipts from your wallet/purse.
Organise your money so the notes in your wallet go from the largest at the front, to the smallest. This one minor detail can make you feel more wealthy because when you look at your money, you’re looking at a larger amount, not the smallest one. It’s a bit of psychology there, but it works!
Clear that mass of detritus that collects in the bottom of your handbag / purse. The random tissues, hair ties, sweet wrappers, notes from school, bus tickets and all the other junk that you just chuck in your bag so it’s out of the way. Get rid of it.
10. CHOOSE A BOOK TO READ
I love a good book (or ten) and I generally get through a book a week. I usually alternate between a good fiction book (I’m partial to a bit of Marian Keyes and Danielle Hawkins, an amazing NZ writer) and some kind of personal development/money book. You can find a list of some of the books I’ve read here.
Give yourself a bit of a boost and read a couple of books – one for pleasure and one to move your life forward – every month if you can.
I hope this list helps you to get the most out of your month!