Now is the time to plan your month for success! A new month brings the opportunity to start fresh when it comes to accomplishing important tasks. A clean slate is just what you need to reach your monthly targets. To guide you along, here are 5 ways to help you plan for a successful month.
1) Define Your Goals
In order to plan your month for success, you must have a clear idea of what you want to achieve. Having a singular focus on achieving something, motivates you. It will help you to put in the necessary time, energy and dedication needed to be successful. To get started, review all of the tasks you’ve set for yourself. Next, write down the specific reasons these tasks are important to you. The more detailed you are the better.
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2) Create a Schedule
Once you’ve written a specific statement of why your tasks are important, create a schedule to work on them. This doesn’t have to be a rigid schedule. It does, however, need to be a consistent one. Figure out the best times in the day to work on important tasks. This will help you to plan your personal and professional schedules accordingly.
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3) Minimize Distractions
It goes without saying that being distracted will not help you in your plan to have a successful month. Habits such as picking up your phone to check email and social media alerts are big distractions. They will limit the time you have to work on important tasks.
If you find it difficult to ignore alerts on your phone, try putting it in a distant room from where you’ll be working. An even better alternative is to put it on do not disturb or turn it off. Remember, every second you give your attention to unimportant things is a time you no longer have in your plan for a successful month.
4) Ask For Help
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” This quote by John Donne is an excellent reminder that we all need help every now and then. Part of planning for a successful month is being able to recognize when you need the help of others. If you are raising a family or busy going to school, while working full-time, it can be difficult to find the right balance between these daily demands.
Knowing when to ask for help doesn’t make you weak or incapable of being successful. It actually is a testament to how much you want to accomplish the things you’ve set out to do for the month. So don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you need it.
5) Make Time for Wellness
Taking care of your mental and physical health will not only help you in successfully accomplishing important tasks, but it will also benefit you in the long-term. It’s easy to neglect your well-being when you are busy trying to accomplish task after task and goal after goal. If you’re not careful you can get lost in the shuffle. This leads to burn-out, exhaustion, and in serious cases, health issues.
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During the process of planning your month for success, be sure to add in a mental health day. You can spend this time enjoying the things that bring you joy and relaxation. Never get too caught up in the daily hustle of being successful that you forget to take care of yourself.