We can’t be productive all the time, after all we need time to relax and cut loose from routine. But if you want to be more efficient there are plenty of productive monthly tasks you can do.
The theory is little and often, being proactive rather than reactive. Hopefully doing some of these tasks regularly will reduce the time you spend on these and any dependent activities.
Productive tasks to do each month
Add reminders to your calendar for any monthly tasks going forward and sync with any family calendars.
Decide on any 30 day challenges you want to do and sign up for them. You can find a lot of these online – some are for sponsorship and charity support, others may be purely personal fitness challenges. We like the Race at your Pace challenges.
Look up birthdays for the month ahead. Buy and send cards or presents in advance – you could have a birthday box in your hallway with parcels/cards in order ready to post when needed.
Check school and work plans and plan alternative routines for the month ahead.
Budget and finance tasks
Declutter and organise your wallet. Remove and check off receipts/finances, throw out any old lists, check in on any coupons going out of date, and remove loose change to your savings pot. This can be done online via apps, or manually.
Put in any expense requests to work if you have them. It’s better not to let these add up, as there’s more danger of losing the receipts and being unable to claim.
Review and set your budget.
Pay any bills or review any direct debits or standing orders.
Check any interest changes for savings, change accounts if needed.
Deposit any savings.
Digital reorganisation and declutter
Back up your phone photos to cloud or hard drives, then delete them from your phone to help speed it up and help you find your favourites faster.
Categorize your apps in different folders like productivity, social media, shopping, fitness, music, video streaming, finances and remove any unused apps.
Unsubscribe from unwanted newsletters – move emails you need to keep into folders.
Delete the completed to-do’s and documents.
Review notifications settings and mute the unproductive ones.
Delete unnecessary voicemeails.
Check and reset time limits on social media apps to restrict screen usage for yourself, or children.
Meal plan for the month – you can rotate meals, but also include at least one new meal once a week.
Batch cook. Spend a day batch cooking and create your own ‘ready meals’ that can be frozen ready for faster dinners. Make sure you label them clearly unless you’re happy with ‘freezer surprise’ meals. And rotate in the freezer, so older items are more accessible.
Do a food inventory so you know what food you’re running out of, and plan ahead.
Shop for larger or household items. You could bulk buy if necessary if you’ve got storage, or even group buy with friends or family to get better savings.
Declutter – spend a day blitzing, or work on a room each month.
Clean out your fridge.
Check dates in your freezer and reorganise putting older frozen items in front of newer items
Review your wardrobe. Check any old, worn clothes, get any dry cleaned if needed. Make clothing repairs. Sell on any good quality unwanted clothing, swap or donate, or textiles recycle any that are too worn.
Review goals. Reflect on last month’s successes and where you need to rethink. Set out plans for the next month, whether you need to remove or learn from what you previously achieved.
Reflect on and update your vision boards.
Health review – check any medication or prescriptions that need ordering.
Make plans to socialise with family and friends.
Check your books read, and what’s next on your to read pile. Return any library books
Broken link check
Stats check on the first day of the month, checking against goals.
Remove any old affiliate campaign links, Replace them with new links for the next month.
Schedule or plan the next month’s posts (and social media)
Which monthly tasks do you do each month to make sure you’re more productive?