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9 Things To Do At the Start of the Month

As each month comes to a close, I’m always look forward and planning for the next one. As someone who is a hugely organised person, I can’t just roll into the next month with a “whatever happens, happens” attitude. Combine a Virgo with anxiety and a Type A personality and you get me. But I think it’s good to go into the new month with some level of control and organisation. Which is why I wanted to share some things to do at the start of the month today.

Things To Do At the Start Of the Month

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As well as organisation, I like to go into a new month with a clear head and a positive attitude. Whatever has happened in the previous 30 days is history. It’s in the past and it can’t be changed. And I know it’s only psychological but I really do get that “fresh start” sense at the start of a new month.

So, what better time and opportunity to utilise that feeling and set yourself up for a successful, inspiring and positive new month of life? Here are 9 things to do at the start of the month for added organisation and positivity!

Reflect on the previous month

This is something that we all do in our own individual ways, I think. But it’s still a handy thing to take some time to do at the start of the month so you can work out if you’re living your life the way you want to be. A few questions you can ask yourself are:

  • What made me happy during the previous month?
  • Was there anything that made me unhappy?
  • How did I feel mentally, physically and emotionally throughout the previous month?
  • Is there anything I regret from the previous month?
  • What do I wish I dedicated more time to doing?

Write your goals for the month

You know me, I love a goal. And I rarely go a month without setting some sort of goal. When it comes to monthly goals, I like to categorize and keep them achievable. So splitting your goals into “work”, “finance”, “health”, or whatever areas of life you’re focusing on, is a good way to not get too overwhelmed. And don’t forget, small and achievable goals are always the way to go!

Clear out your purse and your bag

Who else’s purse is overrun with old receipts and rubbish? Mine definitely gets like that occasionally so to stay on top of it, it’s a good idea to sort out your handbag and your purse at the start of each month. If you don’t know what to do with all those old receipts, try downloading Shoppix – an app that pays you to upload your receipts!

Organise your finances

Again, something else that we probably all do in our own individual ways and have our own systems for, so I won’t suggest exactly HOW to organise your finances, just to make sure you do. Personally, I make a spreadsheet of all the payments I’m expecting to come out with a space for me to fill out the date they actually come out.

Manifest, manifest, manifest

Okay, hear me out. I know this isn’t something everyone understands or believes in – that’s fine, each to our own. If this woo stuff isn’t for you, feel free to skip this bit! If you ARE interested in The Law of Attraction and would like to find out more, I’d highly recommend checking out The Manifestation Collective.

The beginning of a new month is the PERFECT time to think about what you really want. Is it a promotion? A certain amount of money? Inspiration for a new business idea? Whatever it is, now is the time to start manifesting the sh*t into your life. And try and take action every single day of the month to make it happen. If you do want to give this a go, I’d recommend starting with the below:

  • Write down what you want to manifest. Get very specific and read your manifestation aloud
  • Identify some positive affirmations which will serve your manifestation. For example, if you want to manifest money, then repeat the affirmation, “Money comes to me freely and easily” every day
  • Spend time visualising how you’ll feel when you receive what you’re trying to manifest
  • Have a grateful heart. Express gratitude every single day for what you already have in your life.

Delete unused apps, photos and documents

A digital clean is always worth doing at the start of each month because we can built up a lot of digital rubbish over the course of just 30 days! Delete those apps that you downloaded and used once. Delete any photos you no longer want or need or serve no purpose. And don’t forget to scan your laptop and other devices too.

Have a deep clean and de-clutter

Whether it’s your bedroom, kitchen cupboards, desk or entire house, the start of the month is a great time to have a de-clutter and a good ol’ clean. If you struggle to de-clutter, check out my room by room guide to de-cluttering made easy to help you know what to throw away!

Update your diary for the month ahead

Getting your diary filled in is a great way to feel more organised before the month even begins. Add in all those birthdays, appointments, days out or work meetings that you might have coming up. If you want to go one step further, using a colour coding system!

Buy things for any upcoming occasions

I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all forgotten someone’s birthday. Or forgotten that Susan from work was leaving and didn’t buy her a card. At start of the month is a great time to get all those things out of the way early. Stock up on the birthday cards, do a bit of shopping for any occasions that might be coming up.

How do you like to plan for the month ahead? Do you do any of these things or have anything to add to this list? Let me know!

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129 Comments

  1. I’m going to take this on board next month and finally clear out my bag! So many receipts.
    Cora | https://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    1. Yessss! Download the Shoppix app and scan those recipts!

  2. I’m reading this after my run and as soon as I saw the title my first thought was ‘no, I’m too tired for this right now’. BUT as I started reading I realised a lot of this is stuff I do anyway. I always take a bit of time on either the last day of the month o r the first to reflect on my previous month and write out my goals. And have a go over files to make sure there’s nothing in the wrong place etc. I clear out my bag fairly often but not on a regular schedule so I’m definitely taking that one on board x

    Sophie

    1. That’s great to hear!

  3. I wont lie, I’ve been a little slower off the mark at the start of this month. My weeks are blending into each other but I’m getting there!
    Rosie

    1. Oh yeah my days are all blending into one 🤦‍♀️

  4. I need to save this list! Very inspiring! 🙂

    1. Thank you 😌

  5. I love making lists and at the start and end of the month I always create lists reflecting on my monthly goals! I like the challenge and satisfaction of looking back on them. De-cluttering things helps me to be productive also!

    1. I agree!

  6. I love the feeling of being organised and de-cluttering – I definitely need to start doing more of these things on a monthly basis!

  7. Thanks for sharing your tips, I’m just doing small amounts to keep me going this month 🙂

    Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

    1. You’re welcome 😌

  8. I always write down my goals for the month. It helps me to stay focused. Love the law of attraction tip. But I do every day (scripting) and yesterday I already manifested one huge thing.

    1. That’s amazing, well done!

  9. I love the refreshing feel a new month gives you! Although it’s been a bit more difficult to feel refreshed and motivated for the start of this month with everything going on. I do like setting myself some goals and I also sort my finances too on a spreadsheet at the start of each month!

    Chloe xxx

    1. Yeah I agree! But hopefully the second half of this year will be a bit better and less hectic.

  10. Thanks for sharing all of these tips! I never thought of deleting unused apps, photos, files from the previous month, but it is a great idea. I love writing down my monthly life/blog goals at the end of the previous month and deep cleaning everything (blog/room/life).

    Loren | Plaid + Sugar

    1. These are some really great ideas. As well as deleting photos and apps I no longer want, I also download all the photos that I do want to keep, onto my laptop, just in case anything happens to my phone.

      http://www.thekellydianereport.co.uk

      1. I do that too!

    2. I do love a good deep clean!

  11. I love when a new month starts, it really feels like a fresh slate! Especially when it’s on a Monday like this month was. I need to get into the habit of buying cards and things at the start of the month – I always forget and have to run out last minute to get some! I’m getting really good at organising finances though which is starting to really pay off!

    1. Ah that’s great to hear!

  12. Lisa Alioto says:

    This is a great list – I wish I followed it more. I would be so much more organized. Printing it off in hopes that helps!

    1. That’s great to hear – hope it helps!

  13. I love new beginnings and this June, as the first of June was also a Monday, is just great to start a new month. I am a big fan of goal setting and to do lists as well. Thanks for some great ideas. I definitely need to look into this digital cleaning a bit more. I get overwhelmed with too many emails and pictures.

    1. I love it when a new month starts on a Monday – so satisfying!

    2. I get overwhelmed with too many photos too!

  14. Great post! I love manifesting, I started a bullet journal and I write everything in it now 🙂

    1. That’s great to hear!

  15. I love this! I always try and sort out my inboxes at the beginning of the month, but didn’t in May so they definitely needed it this time and for once I went a bit further and did some file sorting as well, so yay. Does it count as a monthly organisation when I just bought cards for every occasion I know of for the rest of the year?? My goal this month is actually not set any goals until I can figure out achievable ones as I’m getting fed up of stressing myself out over them. Great post!

    1. Hahaha definitely counts! That’s MEGA organisation! If you need help with the setting achievable goals, message me!

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