It’s the start of a new month, and you’re scrambling to get organized.
You need to remember what needs to be done this month, but it seems like there are too many things on your list.
You can’t even think about everything that needs doing- let alone actually does them!
But don’t worry- we’ve got you covered with our 7 tips for getting started at the beginning of every month
7 things to do at the beginning of every month
1. Make a to-do list
It sounds simple, but it’s easy to get caught up in life and just go with the flow.
Write down your list of things that need doing- even if you don’t think they’re all actionable right now!
You can find ideas for what needs to be done by looking at any unfinished projects from the previous month or by thinking about your goals for the upcoming one.
Once you have a list of items to work on, it’ll be easier to start chipping away at them and crossing them off as you go.
And if something comes up, that wasn’t on your original list?
Just add it in!
That’s what to-do lists are for.
If you have a lot of items to work on, try breaking them down into categories (such as personal, professional, or household tasks) to make it easier to see what still needs doing.
You can also use tools like Asana, Evernote, or Google Keep to help keep track of your to-do list.
2. Set Monthly Goals
First, you need to figure out what your goals are.
What do you want to accomplish this month?
What can be done now that needs doing later on?
Take some time- don’t rush it!
Think about the big things you’d like to get more of or less of in your life.
Write down a list of the things you’d like to accomplish, and prioritize them.
Then, come up with a plan for how you can get everything done.
For example, if one of your goals is to save money, you might create a budget and stick to it.
If your goal is to get in shape, you might make a workout plan and follow it.
Figure out what works for you, and be sure to track your progress!
3. Make a Calendar
Now that you know your goals, it’s time to make a calendar!
This will help you keep track of what needs to be done when.
It can also help with goal setting- for example, if you want to work out every day this month, put it on your calendar and then mark it off when you’re done!
There are loads of apps out there that can help- choose one that works for you.
You could even go old school and use a planner or write it down in your journal.
Just make sure you have something to keep track of all those important dates with!
4. Create a monthly budget to help you save money
This is a no-brainer, but it’s still an important step to take.
You can’t save money if you don’t have any in the first place!
Start by creating a list of all your monthly expenses and income sources.
Be sure to include everything that contributes to your overall finances: rent/mortgage payments, utilities, phone bills, student loans…
You can even add in non-monthly expenses like car insurance if you want to save money on them.
Then create a list of your monthly income sources: paychecks from jobs or side gigs and any other income you may have.
Make sure to include any taxes or additional fees that will be taken out of your check before it arrives!
With all this information, you can now create a monthly budget- just divide up the money into categories like groceries, rent/mortgage payments, and utilities.
When everything is sorted by category, you’ll be able to see how much money is left over for fun stuff or emergencies.
As a rule of thumb, try not to spend more than 70% of your monthly income!
For example, following the 70/20/10 rule of budgeting, you can spend 70% of your income on fixed costs like rent/mortgage, groceries, and bills.
20% is for savings and investing, and ten percent- should be debt payments or donations.
Once you get into the habit of tracking where your money goes and creating a budget accordingly, it will become second nature.
This way, you’ll be able to save money each month and have some leftovers for a rainy day.
5. Schedule appointments
Check your calendar and see if there are any appointments you need to make this month.
This could be anything from doctor’s appointments, hairstylists, nail technicians, or dentists.
If there are any appointments you have, mark them on your calendar so that you don’t forget!
This is especially important if the appointment needs to be made in advance or it’s hard for you to remember when they’re coming up without a reminder.
It can help to set alarms on your phone or write yourself notes to put in a specific place, so you see it every day.
That way, you’ll be able to stay on top of everything and avoid any pesky surprises!
It’s also important to schedule time for yourself- even if it’s just an hour or two each week.
This is your time to relax and do whatever you want without feeling guilty.
Maybe use this time to read a book, watch your favorite show, or take a long bath.
The sky’s the limit!
6. Decluttering your home
Start your month off on the right foot by decluttering your home!
This can be a daunting task, but it’s definitely rewarding.
Start in one room and go from there.
Take everything out of the room and only put back what belongs there.
Anything that doesn’t belong in that room should be either donated, thrown out, or put into another room.
Repeat this process with every room of your house until everything is decluttered!
Read more: 10 Things that Make Your Home Look Cluttered
7. Deep clean your home
Once you’ve decluttered your home, it’s time to deep clean.
It doesn’t need to take all day, and there are tons of ways for you to save time without sacrificing quality.
First off, always start with the kitchen: wipe down the countertops, the stovetop, and the sink.
Then wipe down all of your cabinets inside and out before moving onto other rooms.
For a quick clean in each room, sweep or vacuum rugs/floors to get rid of the dirt that you can’t see but might be making its way into every nook and cranny of your house.
Then use a microfiber cloth to clean all the surfaces in the room- this will pick up any dust or dirt that’s left behind.
For bathrooms, I recommend using an ammonia-free bathroom cleaner to disinfect everything and remove any lingering smells.
Last but not least, don’t forget to dust the walls and ceiling to get rid of stains that just won’t go away.
Once you’re done in one room, take a break before moving on to another!
By doing all these things at once, your home will be refreshed in no time!
Also read: How to Clean Your House in One Day
8. Clean out your refrigerator
You may be wondering why you would ever want to clean out your fridge.
Believe it or not, there’s actually a lot of stuff that can be thrown away and isn’t needed anymore!
Start by taking everything out one thing at a time.
Throw away any food that is expired, has mold on it, or doesn’t smell right.
Wipe down the shelves and drawers with a disinfectant before putting everything back in its place.
If you have any leftovers that need to be eaten within the next few days, put them in a container and into the fridge so they don’t go to waste.
This way, your refrigerator will be clean and organized until the next time you do this!
Final thoughts on things to do at the beginning of every month
There you have it.
The seven different things that you can do at the beginning of every month!
By doing these things at the beginning of every month, your life will be a lot easier.
You’ll have less stress and more free time to enjoy yourself- isn’t that what we all want?
So what are you waiting for?
Get started on these tasks today and see how much easier your life can be!