If you want to learn how to keep yourself organized in a practical, yet stylish way, you’re in the right place, because I’m about to talk to you about the ins and outs of how to plan your month in style.
*Note* I used an old, unused month on this post as a demonstration of my monthly spread. The best time to buy a planner is in February!
Why I Plan Out My Life One Month At A Time..
As a graduate student who is working full time and managing a side hustle, I need my life as organized as possible so that I can be as productive as possible while still allowing myself the time for self-care. Also, my organization system needs to be concise, flexible, and NOT time consuming. By planning out my life a month in advance, I can make sure that I am seeing the big picture for my schooling, this blog, and work while I maintain my weekly routine.
I know, this is why I schedule my life month-by-month. But why should you? This is easy. Do you like the feeling of things just kinda *popping up* on you? Or do you like to know in advance that the 20 page “end-of-semester report” is actually due a month before the end of the semester? If you prefer to be prepared, and you like to see your life on a bigger picture, like I do, then I think you’ll like this method.
Here it is: How to plan your month effortlessly and stylishly:
What You Will Need:
- A Month-Style Planner (I get one with weekly pages in it as well; in undergrad when my life was less consistent I preferred daily sheets, but currently I am using this planner: LINK HERE.
- A Pen and some highlighters. If you are using an online planner, you will not need these, obvi. I actually use a combo of google calendar (for time blocking weekly) and my paper planner, but this is just because I am SO BUSY. Just do what works best for you (and what you will actually follow through on, because seriously, that’s what really matters).
How To Plan Your Month For Classes:
I will pull out every syllabus and I will place all of my due dates on my monthly pages. If you’re in more than 2-3 classes, I would color code these due dates for classes. I personally use one color for all of my classes.
How To Plan Your Month For Blogging:
I then go through all of my posting times. I go through and highlight a section where the post will be, then fill in the topic as I know what it is. I will then include my marketing strategies in my planner as well, just with the days I need to have specific tasks completed. This helps me to keep all the due dates organized and separated, both in my planner and in my mind.
How To Plan Your Month For Work:
I do not bring work home with me, luckily, therefore I typically do not have due dates for this area of my life. This being said, I do have to turn in timesheets and update credentials, so I include this type of thing as well.
How To Plan Your Month For Life:
Next, I schedule other things that I have going on during the month. Any bills that are due, I write them down. As I sign up for things such as Amazon Prime, I put the subscription renewals in this monthly section as well (or when any free trials end, so I know to cancel them).
Monthly Goal Setting
Now that I have finished planning out my to-dos, I add a little extra: my Monthly goals. I start by reflecting on the previous month: what went well, what didn’t, and what I need to work on. Next, I write down three monthly goals to ensure that I am moving forward. I then like to write down some action steps on my weekly spread!!
The Products I Use:
Here You Are, all of the products to help you plan your month:
My Planner is Rifle Paper Co, and you can find it HERE! This planner runs through Dec 2020, so I am just tearing out all of the months before! February is the best time to buy a good planner, as they are so discounted!
My Favorite Planning Pens & Highlighters:
Now that you have learned both how to plan out your month and what to use, I cannot wait to see your planners! Post a picture to your instagram story and tag @meganne2016 to be reposted on my story!
Want more great goal setting tips and guides? Click here to view my yearly goal setting guide (you don’t have to start in January – you have to start now!)
Hope everyone has a happy monday!