Ouch! My tooth hurt like hell.
I knew I should’ve scheduled a visit to the dentist weeks before but who the heck had the time?
Between juggling two blogs, writing a book, and spending some romantic time with bae, I barely have a few minutes to brush my teeth.
Now, I was paying the price. The pain was so intense, I had to cancel all my plans so I could book an emergency appointment – and pay a small fortune for the privilege.
Never again, I told myself. Never again would I be so busy chasing my goals that I’d let my health – or my friends and anything else I care about, for that matter – slide to the wayside.
I knew there had to be a way to do both. There is. The secret is to figure out your priorities and schedule them in your calendar before it gets all filled up.
And what better time to do that then the start of a new month, when your calendar is still mostly a blank slate?
So here they are, 5 things to do at the beginning of every month to stay organized and slay your goals:
1. Set SMART Goals
Are you on track to get where you wish to be? The beginning of the month is the perfect time to reflect on where you are on your journey and course correct if necessary. Did you fall behind with a business project? Do you want to cut back on work so you can spend more time with your family? Get clear on your what you want to accomplish and set SMART goals to get there.
SMART goals are:
- Specific: what exactly do you want to achieve?
- Measurable: how will you know when you’ve accomplished the goal?
- Attainable: do you have the resources to reach your goals? If not, can you get them?
- Relevant: do you even WANT to do this? (If not, strike it off your to-do list)
- Time-oriented: what’s the deadline?
Example of a bad goal: I want to be healthy.
Example of a SMART goal: I’m going to replace my afternoon biscuit snacks with a handful of nuts and an apple.
Do you see the difference? The SMART goal tells you exactly what to do and when, and it’s easy to achieve. You’ll know it when you get there.
2. Make Time For Loved Ones
Have you been trying to plan dinner with your BFF for a week and still can’t find a date that suits you both? Did you miss another family gettogether cos you had to catch up on work? If you want to spend time with your loved ones, don’t wait till the last minute to plan a day out or a dinner in. At the beginning of the month, block some space in your calendar and start making the calls. Plan when everyone is free and you’ll spend a lot more quality time with the people who truly matter to you.
3. Schedule Your Appointments
Do you need a checkup at the dentist? Is it time to touch up your roots at the hairdresser’s? And what about that back massage you keep putting off? Jot down all the appointments you need to book and make the calls now. It’ll be easier to get the day and time that works best for you.
4. Schedule “Me Time”
Are you so busy doing things for everyone else, you have no time for yourself? Plan ahead and schedule that “me time” now. Don’t feel guilty about it. Self-care isn’t a selfish luxury. It’s a precious necessity. You can hardly work and take care of everyone where you’re always stressed, tired and burned out, can’t you? So go ahead. Read a book. Have a bubble bath. Paint your nails. Carve some time into your calendar for the little things you enjoy you always keep putting off. You’re worth it.
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5. Do A Digital Clean Up
Does your laptop turns into a hot mess within a week too? Files are scattered all over the place. Your inbox is full to the brim with junk mail. The hard drive is bogged down with old programmes you don’t use anymore. How can you get anything done in this mess? Before it gets any worse, take a few minutes to do a digital clean up. Put your files in the right folder. Delete unimportant emails. Uninstall programmes you don’t use anymore. While you’re at it, detox your phone too. Delete the photos you don’t need and upload the rest to iCloud or Google Drive. Don’t forget the most important thing of all: unfollow all those social media accounts that make you feel like crap. They don’t deserve your attention.
Over to you, now. What things do you do at the beginning of the month to stay organized and be more productive?