Happy New Month!
The beginning of a new month is a great time – not only because usually, most people have already received their paychecks, but you also get an opportunity for a fresh start and to improve your life. But how can you start a new month on the right foot? What should you do at the beginning of the month? If you are asking yourself the question, ‘What should I do at the beginning of the month?‘, this article will provide you with a list of things to do at the beginning of the month for your personal and professional development.
A lot can happen in the 4-5 weeks that make up a month, and you should seize this opportunity to make positive changes and take steps to improve yourself and make your life better. So here are 7 things you should do at the beginning of each new month.
7 Things You Should Do at the Beginning of Every Month
- Reflect on the past month
What were your achievements last month? Which of the goals you set the previous month didn’t you achieve? How can you be more prepared for this new month? Reviewing your wins and ‘failures’ from the past month is one of the best things to do at the beginning of the month.
However, don’t dwell on your past failures too much or let them hold you back. Instead, make plans to change and improve on what you didn’t do well the previous month. Also, remember to celebrate and reward yourself for last month’s wins. No matter how small they might be, these wins will give you the motivation to keep improving yourself this new month.
- Create a budget
So, you have received your paycheck. How do you plan to spend your money this month? Creating a budget is one of the things you should do at the beginning of each month to manage your finances. Categorize your needs and wants and allocate money to them depending on their level of importance and urgency, and remember to prioritize needs over wants. Paying your bills and repaying debts should be a priority when planning your budget for the month ahead.
To guide you while creating your monthly budget, reflect on your spending from last month. If you realize you were overspending on something or buying unnecessary things, adjusting your budget or cutting out these expenses are some of the things to do at the beginning of the month.
Creating a budget is not only a way to be prepared for the new month, but it is also good for your future, as it enables you to manage your money and spend it wisely hence helping you attain financial freedom.
- Set goals for the month ahead
New month new goals! What do you want to achieve this new month? One of the best things to do at the beginning of every month is to set goals for what you want to accomplish and ways to improve yourself. These goals do not have to be short-term (only for that month) but can be part of the bigger goals you set in your new year resolutions. For the long-term goals, you could create a vision board at the beginning of the month to start manifesting them and keep you motivated to achieve them.
Some examples of good goals to set at the start of a new month include sharpening or learning new skills, signing up for an online course, learning a new language, reading more books, giving up bad habits, starting new routines, becoming more productive at work, reducing screen time, spending more time with friends and family, increasing your savings, among many others. If the monthly goals seem too intimidating, you could break them into many smaller ones you can achieve weekly.
- Schedule your monthly activities
After setting your monthly goals, you have to come up with a plan of action to achieve them. Scheduling your activities and making to-do lists in advance is one way to be prepared and plan for the new month. By doing this, you will avoid rushing at the last minute or missing some activities.
If you already had plans, but they have since changed, update your calendar to include all the activities you need to do this month and when you will do them.
Making appointments, scheduling date nights, planning activities with friends, allocating family and me time, requesting vacation days, and booking the venues you might need early are some things to do at the beginning of the month.
- Clean and declutter your home and workplace
The end of the month can be hectic as you rush to achieve your monthly goals, and you might have accumulated clutter and dirty items in your living space and work area. Hence, one of the best things to do at the beginning of the month is to become more organized.
Don’t let the mess from the previous month carry forward to this new one. You will have a fresh start this new month if you get up and clean your living area, do your laundry, wash the dishes, organize your closet, make your bed, declutter your home, and sell or give away anything that you no longer use.
However, your house is not the only place that needs cleaning and decluttering at the beginning of the month, your work area does too. Cleaning and organizing your desk, cabinets, and drawers, reading and managing your mailbox, or cleaning and organizing your computer files are some other things to do at the beginning of the month to your workspace.
Deep cleaning, decluttering, and organizing your living space and work area will make you feel like you have your life together and have more control over your life this new month.
- Read or listen to motivational materials
We can always use more motivation at any time of the month. But it is especially good to consume motivational materials and resources when starting a new month to keep you inspired for the rest of the month. Reading or listening to motivational materials such as new month quotes, self-help books, motivational blogs, podcasts, and TED talks are some of the best things to do at the beginning of the month.
If the previous month didn’t go so well for you, these materials could make you feel optimistic and motivated to keep going or see the failure as a lesson and find ways to improve yourself.
- Go shopping
You don’t have to do your shopping just when you need something. Now that you have created a budget for your spending, grocery shopping and buying other items you need is one of the best ways to prepare for a new month.
If you can afford it, buy what you need in bulk quantities. Buying things in bulk will not only reduce your number of trips to the grocery store within the month, but it also helps you save money because larger purchases are cheaper than buying the same items in many small quantities. Bulk buying things also reduces the opportunities for impulse buying; hence it is one of the good things to do at the beginning of each month.
The beginning of a new month is the perfect time to make decisions and take steps that foster your growth. It also gives you an opportunity for a fresh start if what you were doing in the previous month didn’t work out. The above are some things to do at the beginning of the month to improve your personal and professional life.
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