The Ultimate Monthly Reset Routine: 9 Tasks To Do
This post is all about monthly reset routine.
Creating a monthly reset routine is a great way to stay on top of your mental, physical, and spiritual health. It forces you to take a break from the daily grind and focus on rejuvenating yourself for the new month. The goal of a monthly reset is to ensure that you set yourself up for success in all areas in your life. It adds structure and organization and helps you be more intentional every day.
This post will help you explore the concept of a monthly reset routine. It will discuss why it’s important to reset at the beginning of each month and provide a list of monthly tasks to help you get started.
How Do You Reset At The Beginning Of The Month?
January is a time for beginnings. It’s when to reflect on the past year’s activities and set goals for the months and the year ahead. It’s also a great time to reset your routine and start fresh. There are many ways you can reset your routine at the beginning of the month. Some people prefer to do the reset at the end of the month. Do whatever works best for you. Here are some ways of resetting at the start of the month.
- Take some time off work. If you’ve been working hard all year, take a few days off at the beginning of the month to relax and rejuvenate. Spend time with friends and family, or take a trip to a new region.
- Get organized. Take some time to clean your house and surroundings. Get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you joy or serve a purpose. Organize your space, so it’s more functional and efficient. Add it to your schedule. It will help reduce stress and make it easier to stick to your goals for the month ahead.
- Implement healthy habits. January is the perfect time to focus on your health and well-being. Implement healthy habits into your routine, such as eating healthy meals, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and drinking plenty of water.
What Are Some Of The Monthly Tasks To Add To Your Routine?
A set of tasks or practices you perform at the beginning of each month (or at some other regular interval) defines your monthly routine. It could include anything from setting intentions for the month ahead to cleaning your closet to meditating for ten minutes daily.
The key is to choose activities that will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the activities of the new month. Some tasks to add to your routine include setting intentions for the month ahead, making time for self-care, reviewing your eating habits, and checking in with your relationships.
Monthly Reset Routine
I included a monthly reset routine checklist at the end of this post so make sure to check it out!
1. Reflect On the Previous Month
It would be best if you used this time to reflect on your actions and habits from the past month. Have end of the month journal prompts to help you with this. It can include things like: What did I eat? How much did I exercise? How much did I drink? What did I do for fun? How was my emotional health? It would help if you dug down into every detail, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem at the time.
2. Do a Brain Dump
A brain dump is a way to force yourself to think about your last month. You can also use this time to figure out what you’ve done in the previous month and what changes you need. If you notice different areas of your life that need work, use the previously mentioned reminders.
For example: If you eat too much junk food, set a reminder next week not to buy junk food again. Set one up for doing better at work that same week. The key is a consistent reminder system you will use every month where there needs improvement. Some of my favorite reminder apps are TickTick and Todoist.
3. Deep Clean Your Home
You don’t have to do all the cleaning at once, but setting aside time each month to do a deep cleaning of your living space will make a difference. For most people, it’s easy to clean on the weekend. I know for myself, Sunday is laundry day. You should take out some cleaning supplies, start decluttering surfaces, organize your desk and drawers, and remove any built-up clutter. Then, focus on cleaning those hard-to-reach places that often get neglected especially in your bathroom. Remember to vacuum and dust. Cleanliness will help you to be more organized and relaxed at home. This is also a great way to build organization habits!
4. Get Rid Of Digital Clutter
One of many bad habits we tend to make is keeping old photos and apps on our phones and computers. Make an assessment of all the photos, apps, and games on your phone, computer or cloud storage you added for the month. Are there things you no longer plan to use? If so, then it would be best to get rid of them. Don’t need that app to remind yourself to exercise? Then delete it.
The important thing to remember when cleaning up is that you want to make things simple enough for you. Even if you can’t get everything perfect, getting rid some of the clutter is good enough. The feeling of a deep clean can be worth the time and effort spent to complete it.
READ: The Ultimate Digital Declutter Checklist
5. Set New Goals for the Month
Once you have reflected on last month, you can set new goals and intentions for your own personal development. Set a number of goals for yourself. For example, you might want to:
- Say no to something in your life that you know triggers anxiety/depression
- Eat healthier foods
- Get more rest/sleep
- Join a gym /athletic team
The goals you set for yourself really depends on your lifestyle and how you can be your most productive self. You’ll also need to set up reminders for yourself for each one. For example, if you’re trying to get more sleep and decide that 20-30 minutes before bed is adequate, set it as a reminder on your phone. If it’s a night of partying where you expect to be drinking, set the reminder on your phone in case you forget.
6. Map Out Your Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Tasks/To-Dos
Your daily tasks are those that you have to do each day. It includes waking up, getting ready for work, and eating breakfast. Your weekly tasks are things you need to do throughout the week. For example: going grocery shopping, learning how to cook a new meal, or meeting with a friend/co-worker to discuss something. Finally, your monthly tasks are those things you need to accomplish every month. Please make sure that there are at least a couple in this section so you stay on top of them each month. Having your daily, weekly and monthly routines and to-dos together will set you up for greater success.
READ: How To Create A Sunday Reset Routine
7. Fill in Your Calendar For The Month
Filling in your monthly calendar is also an important monthly reset routine. It would be best to mark off any days where there will be distractions and make sure that nothing is left to chance. Look at the calendar for a particular month; you can get things done by visiting a spa, going on a hiking trip, or even getting away for the weekend. Thinking about your wants or needs in life is important, and it may be helpful to have a mental chart or a way to map out what you want.
8. Review Finances and Budget
It is essential to review your finances and figure out how much you can spend throughout the month. For instance, if you know that this month is going to be hard because of the holidays or if it’s a budget that you have to stick to, then make sure all of those expenses get added in at the beginning of the month, so your account is ready for all of them when they come up.
9. Treat Yourself
To keep everything organized, you should also do some self-care. According to NIMH, not only is it good for your mental health like managing stress, but can also lower your risk of illness and increase your energy. For example, go on a nice walk surrounded by nature, transform your skincare routine into a self care ritual or treat yourself to something you like to indulge in such as chocolate or ice cream. Just don’t let your work life get in the way of your health and happiness so that you can put yourself first every month.
Set realistic expectations for yourself to enjoy your life while also working hard. It is important if you want to keep things organized or want everything in your life to be meaningful and purposeful.
Monthly Reset Checklist
A monthly reset routine is a significant way to reflect on the previous month, set new goals, and organize your life. You’ll feel more productive and less stressed by taking time each month to reset. Your monthly reset routine should include key tasks such as reflection, goal-setting, deep cleaning, and treating yourself. Remember, it’s your life, so you can be as organized as you want or need. It would help if you remembered to do it monthly, so everything works in sync.