Ahh the beginning of the month, a fresh new start. Technically any new day can be a fresh start, but there’s just something about the beginning of the month that just breathes all things new and refreshing!
This month I decided to share with you all how I plan out my month, even if I am not in school. One thing I had to get used to this past month was transitioning from having a strict organized schedule, where I could see what was happening weeks in advance, to something a lot more lose and unpredictable. I’m sure we are all used to this, going into summer mode takes a bit of time to get used to. My summer days are slightly predictable in that I know when I work, but other than that nothing is set in stone. Usually not having everything planned stresses me out, but my motto for this summer is “Go with the Flow”. This is me, actively trying to embrace the endless possibility of a summer day.
But without further ado, let’s get into planning the month of June! (Also, just for reference, I use ban.do 18-month agenda from August 2017-December 2018.)
The first thing I do is fill out everything I already know. I’ll start by putting in when I work, any birthdays or events happening this month, and the list of pre-determined blog ideas that I have scheduled (I’m uploading 4 times a week this month, so get excited!).
Once that’s done I turn to my goals for the month. But right before doing that, I take a look back at my goals from the previous month. I am a firm believer in reflecting and thinking about what we did right or wrong, and what we can do to improve or change things if need be. This definitely carries through when I am actually planning and setting goals for the month ahead. By going back to last months goals, I can see what I didn’t get done and needs to be ASAP. Or maybe there were things I didn’t do because I procrastinate them or didn’t have enough time. But really the goal is to find out the reasons why I didn’t accomplish certain goals, so I can learn from them, or look back on things I did that helped me accomplish a goal.
I divide my goals into 3 categories. The first being personal goals, now this can be anything from booking a doctor’s appointment, a haircut, how many books I want to read, go to this event etc.
Next is my blogging goals, this month my blog is going to be one of my top priorities, so I created some goals to help me stick by that.
Lastly, I have my financial goals. I don’t have my entire work schedule for the month of June yet, but I can usually estimate how much I will earn in about a week. But regardless, I set a range of how much money I want to save up this month and how much I will be able to spend. A new little thing that I added to my agenda this month was an expense box in each day’s slot. This way, when I get home at the end of the day I can see how much I spent, and at the end of the month, I can see which days I spent the most and where that money went exactly.
Another different thing I wanted to do for this summer was make an idea’s list of fun activities to do during the summer. Whether that be getting drinks, going for a picnic, stopping by the cutest little coffee shops. Really just ideas I can jump to when we all hit that point in the summer where we don’t know what to do with ourselves.
So that is how I planned for the month of June. But do remember summer is upon us, which means we have a lot more time to go out and explore and embrace the fact that we are not bound to a schedule, so make the most of it!
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!