15 things you can do to be more productive and organized.
Goodbye May, and Hello June.
May is coming to an end, and June is starting to begin, Lately, during this whole quarantine lifestyle, I have been getting more into a routine. Because of course, I have WAAY more time to sit and think about what is working and not working for me.
And, I don’t know about you guys but I have been taking this opportunity to get mt life together and take care of the things that tend to be pushed to the side because “BUSY<BUSY<BUSY”.
In this blog post, I wanted to share what I will be doing at the start o this month coming up. Make sure to set realistic goals, and hold yourself accountable.
This is for you, especially if…
- You want each month to have a purpose.
- Are over your same routine?
- Do you feel like you haven’t done anything all month?
Set yourself goals
First and foremost. Creat yourself realistic, measurable goals. Sit down, at your desk, or in the comfort of your bed and jot down what you would like to do this month. Create one or two short term goals for the month can help you with long term goals. Make your goals SMART!
What is a SMART goal?
Specific – Make sure you know exactly what you want to do or to be done.
Measurable- Be objective instead of subjective. Include a measurable unit to your goals.
Attainable- Be realistic. Make sure your goals are doable and gather resources to help you with your solution
Realistic – Focus on your end goal, Be reasonable with yourself with activities so you won’t fall into disappointments.
Time-Bound- Give yourself a deadline. Whether that’s,a specific day, in a week, or next year.
Read a book
Do you read? Honestly, not really. And that’s okay. A lot of people tend not to read with the thoughts of it being boring or they don’t have enough time. BUT let me tell you, there are many many books out there and I swear there’s something for you. I love reading self-help, personal development, and business type books, and that’s because I enjoy those types of books. I read these types of books to retain the information to help me better myself. Find something to escape to.
Do you desperately need to get into the doctors? Schedule it ahead of time. Take time at the beginning of each month and I use a planner to help me out with this. Call up and write down what appointment you need and schedule them. This reduces stresses during the month and with trying to squeeze an appointment last minute.
Clean out your purse
This is simple. I always tend to have my entire house on the bottom of the purse. I always have; my brush, hand sanitizer, three chapsticks, receipts i thought I needed to save but never needed them, and more. Take some time in the beginning to reset your purse. Throw away those old stacked up receipts, and put everything where it belongs. A little organization tip: You can always use a small storage bags/makeup bags to gather miscellaneous in one pouch
Buy Birthday Cards
I tend to leave this last minute, and last-minute meaning the day of. It’s simple if you’re doing your month panning and you know there’s someone’s birthday falling in the upcoming month, go out and get them a gift r a birthday card at the beginning of the month so you don’t need to stress.
Deep clean your home
My best advice for starting a deep clean for the month is, to make a To-Do List. Creating a to-do list helps map out what needs to be done around the house.
If you have dogs like me, start with refreshing the furniture. (Some people change the sheets more frequently but make this a habit.), dust, and most important get up all that dog hair. This is essential if you struggle with pet odor throughout your home.
Other things to think about deep cleaning in your home
- Clean out the fridge (get rid of everything that’s expired and leftover you’re not going to eat)
- Declutter your closet (If you don’t wear it, or don’t want it. Donate or sell your unwanted clothes.)
- Wipe down the window. ( I honestly don’t know why but some people forget about this.)
If you don’ have one already. I advise you to take the time to make one. A budget. To create a budget, you simply create two columns: Your Income & Your Expenses. As the month goes on, keep track of your budget and try to keep from going off of it. This is a great way to plan savings or a special trip.
I don’t even have to go in-depth. Girl, organize your phone. Delete all those stacks up emails and subscribe to everything that does not serve you any purpose. Delete all those repeating selfies. And please, don’t tell me your apps are not in folders. Lol, you get it.
Try a 30-Day Challenge
A 30-Day Challenge is a good opportunity to help you achieve a larger goal or if you wanted to add a fun aspect to the month.
There are many types of 30-Day challenges. What is it that you want to challenge yourself this month? There’s; self-care challenge, fitness, cleaning, academic and so much more
This month I will be working on being active. I have been working out using Chloe Ting’s free workout programs on Youtube, I highly recommend to check out. Easy, Attainable workouts for anyone.
Organize your workspace
Whether you are working from home at this time or still having to go into work. Taking a few minutes to revam[ and refresh your space can change the overall tone to your day. We want to be able to have a comfortable space to do our work.
Reflect on the previous month
Remember to also take this time to reflect. Reflection is a good way to see what’s up and what’s wrong or right. What went right? What didn’t go as planned? And, What did I learn?
Then ask Why? And see what you can do. Journal your thoughts to save for the upcoming months.
Bloggers: Schedule your content
So, I am trying this new thing called blogging. I am at a place where, I need a place to express myself, and of course a possible stream of income. I have just been trying to write, write, and be creative with it at the same time.
Creating a content schedule has made me accountable and especially motivated to continue this journey.