• Antoinette Minor

Three Things You Must Do on the First of the Month

How the heck did we get to August?!  I swear it was just January and I was digging my car out of snow.  The year is moving along and December will be here before you know it.  Christmas, I'm waiting on you!  

What's great about the first of the month is that it gives you a reason to either begin or start over.  You can start a new diet, begin a challenge or change a bad habit.  There's so much you can do on the first but there are a three things I definitely have to do on the first of every month.  By doing the following I can have a smooth, efficient and easy breezy month.     

1.  Organize

Take one project, task or space to organize and prepare for the month.  It can be anything such as your office space, bedroom, blogs or even your purse.  For the month of August I decided to organize my projects at work in order to stick to deadlines.  Now that I have been in this new position for a few months I have been given more projects to manage and with the extra responsibilities it could become very easy to lose control.  I spent my last Friday of the month using our project management tool to organize my projects by tasks and due dates.  When I come in the office on August 1st I'll have reminders, alerts and lists for the tasks and projects I need to complete.  No project management tool?  No worries!  There are plenty online to help you out.

2.  Budget

I've had a career in finance over the last 10 years and having a budget is very important for achieving personal financial goals.  It's also a necessity when student loans basically run your life!  What most people don't know is that you should be reviewing your budget on a regular basis to make sure your budget is working.  Yes, there is such a thing as a broken budget.  For example, you may have to adjust your budget for extra gas due to travel for work or adjust your budget for the heating bill because of the decreased usage in the summer months.  I take my anticipated income and expenses into one excel sheet and budget my entire month.  I like to tell my money what to do instead of waiting for my money to tell me what I can't do!

3.  Schedule

Conference and event season is upon us!  It's that time of year where events are popping up all over the place and the best thing to do is to create a schedule of upcoming events that you plan to attend.  I have multiple schedules for work, my personal life and TYP that all merge into one calendar on my cell phone.  By having them in one central place I can see my full day and most importantly make sure to dress appropriately in the morning.  I'll know that I need to bring my heels for either a presentation during the work day or a YPN event at the end of the day.  

Creating a vision for an entire month can be overwhelming.  It takes practice and time to effectively plan for the month.  Don't bite off more than you can chew and start small.  Begin to plan for the work week then slowly make your way from Monday through Friday to Monday through Sunday.  Next, try working on a schedule or budget for the next two weeks and work your way up to a month.  You'll definitely get the hang of it!  

Happy August and make this month the best you've had this year!  

See you at the top,

The Young Professionalist


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