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9 Things to Do at the Start of Each Month

A new month equals a fresh start.

In the next thirty days, you’re going to have the chance to make this a great month. We get in the habit of thinking of the year as a whole, but to make it less overwhelming, think of this month as a beginning.

Let’s get started!

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Evaluate the Last Month

What did you do that worked? What did you do that didn’t?

Sometimes we set goals but forget to evaluate how we did in our efforts to reach those goals. If you had goals for last month, look at how they turned out.

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If you reached your goals, ask yourself what caused you to be able to succeed. If you didn’t, try to identify your stumbling blocks.

Set Goals for the Next Month

Once you’ve evaluated last month, you’re ready to set goals for the next!

Pick a Focus

I’ve recently started picking a focus for each month. I identify a pain point that is causing trouble in my life, and then I spend the month tackling that problem.

While it may see like you aren’t doing much with picking only one focus a month, at the end of the year, you’ll have 12 areas of your life that you focused on and found solutions for.

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Try asking God about what He wants you to focus on.

Remind Yourself of Old Habits

Once you’re three months in, you might realize that you’re starting to revert to habits that you had fixed in the first month. Watch out for this!

Make sure that each month you are keeping up with the positive changes you made last month. If you have to, keep the same focus for two months in a row.

Get Your Food in Order

Organizing your food and meal plans at the beginning of the month can help the rest of the month go much smoother.

You might need to organize your pantry and freezer. Having everything organized will help you know exactly what you have. You might even spend less on groceries by not buying duplicates!

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Then, create a soft meal plan for the entire month around the food that you already have in your house. Use as much of the food you already own as you can!

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Once you have a meal plan, you can add the ingredients you need to your list or Walmart Pickup cart.

Look Over Your Schedule

Look over the schedule for the month. Do you have birthdays or trips coming up? Use this information to plan for your month.

Have a Home Walk Through

This is something my husband and I do to keep our house and yard maintained.

We walk through the house and yard to see what needs repaired. Repairing things while they are small problems helps to prevent them from turning into big problems.

It also keeps tasks from building up!

Pretend you are a realtor evaluating the house so you can take note of everything that needs improvement.

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You might take this opportunity to rotate toys for your kids. Take half of their toys and stash them away. In the beginning of the month, switch out the toys.

Clean out the clothes the kids have outgrown, pull weeds, throw out junk, and go through your pile of mail. All these things will help you feel like you have a fresh start.

Track Your Health

Start your month by writing down your measurements, tracking your weight, and evaluating your fitness.

If you do this at the start of the month, you will be able to see where you are. This way, you can work on bettering your health a little bit at a time.

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Making small changes at the start of the month helps us to make big changes in our homes. This is a ministry towards our children and spouses. It’s part of respecting what God has blessed us with.

Let’s be good stewards and start the month right!

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