Starting a new month is one of the most exciting things for me, I love the fresh-slatey feeling. It’s a whole new opportunity to smash your goals and create new experiences. Even as a kid I would get so excited about a new month starting. I’d see who’s birthday it is in the next month and see if there’s anything I had going on in the next weeks. I’m still a major nerd when it comes to the new months and I have a whole system for when a new month rolls in for how I like to get myself organised.
Review the last month
The first thing I do is have a look at the last month and review what went it on. Is there something I did that I’m proud of? Did I have a little blip that needs to be looked at in order to avoid it in the next month? Have I achieved a goal? Maybe, I fell short of achieving a goal that I really wanted?
Really take a look at your month give it a good audit. Try not to be too critical and say “Oh, that was a crappy month?” because then you’re entering the new month with negative energy. Look at your month and be really real about how it went but don’t put yourself down about it too much.
This is something that I’ve only recently started doing but I’m finding that it works wonders. MuchelleB is a big advocate for doing these monthly audits so that you can get an idea of how your months are going and what you need to add or change.
Plan important days in your dairy
I’m terrible when it comes to remembering people’s birthdays and events I have to go to and then it rolls up on me unexpectedly and I’m like “huh, when was that planned?”. So, I like to have a look through my calendar and look at what is coming up this month.
Important things like assignment hand-in dates, birthdays, events, bill dates – any dates that come to mind as being important go into my diary. I put them in my physical diary that I carry with me at university and my digital diary on my Google Calendar which is always with me on either my phone or laptop.
Doing this and making sure that I know whats going on in my month makes me feel so much more relaxed as nothing sneaks up on me. I like to get birthday presents bought at the start of the month so that I can be mindful about what I’m getting someone.
Set aside days for you to keep yourself in check
I like to give myself different days in order to make sure I’m fully looking after myself. A few of the days that I like to set out for myself are a self-care day, an admin day and a tidy day. These are days that are always in my planner because these are the days that keep me organised.
You might need a different day for things, for example, if you’re a parent you might have a day where you organise the kid’s weeks (clubs, play dates etc). You may use the 3rd Sunday of the month to focus solely on your side-hustle whether that be photography, a blog, an art project etc. Create a day for you so that you feel more organised and in control of your time.
I know that it’s not always plausible to spend a whole day doing something so maybe make it into an organisation hour, a tidying hour or a *whatever hour you need* per week. Give much time as you can to these little days for yourself. Really show up for yourself and forget the guilt of spending time on yourself.
Set goals and intentions for the month
Intention setting is a huge part of personal development. Doing things with a set purpose can make you feel so much more inspired to take action. Sit down and spend time with yourself planning your goals. What do you really want to achieve this month?
As I mentioned before, it’s really about giving yourself the time to do this. You might not want to set your goals monthly as this may be a little too much pressure for you, so, you can always do three-month goals and then see what you need to do for that month to get closer.
Try to set yourself goals that actually have some actionable qualities to them. I speak a little bit more about this in a this blog post so if you need a hand with setting goals that you can smash, definitely read that!
♡ How do you plan a new month?
“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, pave another one” – Dolly Parton.
Until next time,