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4 Things to Do At the Beginning of Every Month

January 10, 2018

One thing that I learned this year is that a fresh start can happen at any time. And sometimes things that happen on our life require fresh starts.    

Jokotade says, “a fresh start is a journey—a journey that requires a plan.”    

DON’T just say, “let’s see what happens this month.” Be intentional by creating a list of things that you do at the beginning of the month (a great place to create this checklist is in Evernote). Think of it as a monthly detox or cleansing of the old and ushering in of the new.     This list of 4 items are a good place to start.

1. Reflect on the previous month and make adjustments.

Hall and Simeral says, “the more reflective you are, the more effective you are.” Spend some time reflecting on the past month in your life, brand, business, and blog. Sometimes so much happens, that sometimes we miss milestones. Reflection is not just on the bad, but on the good. Celebrate every milestone, but of growth, and achievement. I have a brand monthly report, where there is space to reflect on how things went in your business the previous month.

 

2. Clean purse and totes.

I collect a whole bunch of stuff throughout the month. I sometimes wonder why my purse weighs as much as a gold brick (but not quite as valuable). I probably could have knitted some sweaters or recorded a podcast in the amount of time I’ve spent looking for stuff in my purse and totes. Don’t be like me (smile).

 

3. Organize phone photos.

My girl Jonna of Naturally Glam gave me this tip last year and it has been a game changer. Rather than doing that frantic scroll through my over 11,000 photos, photos I use regularly or are part of a particular part of my brand are saved in albums on my phone. While I try to manage it as I go, it doesn’t always happen. So once a month, I go through photos. I delete ones that are no longer relevant. My photos back up to DropBox, so if I absolutely need them, they are usually there. I add photos to existing albums or create new ones. I delete photos that are no longer useful from your albums.

 

4. Choose a book and other content you want to consume.

Being a lifelong learner is important. Feeding your mind not only helps you in your brand or business, it helps you mentally and physically. With so many studies being done about brain health, we have to be intentional about keeping our brain stimulated and activated. So in addition to books that help grow your business, listen to audio books. Watch documentaries. Expand your music library. Entertain yourself by binge watching shows. Incorporate it into your daily activities or make an event out of it. It will be worth it!

The greatest power we possess is our understanding that life gives us a fresh start at any moment we choose to start over.

  
I hope these tips helped. You can find the other 6 things to do at the beginning of the month in my book, “God’s Signature. My Statement.”

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ADEEA R. ROGERS

Adeea R. Rogers, known as The Trendy Socialite, believes her calling is to help empower others to develop and pursue their purpose. And as a result, she is known as “The Purpose Pusher.” Adeea seeks to equip others with the motivation and tools necessary to create and design the life they want. Adeea believes in creating the change you want to see through creating events, communities and movements. She created International Natural Hair Meetup Day (INHMD), giving women around the world the opportunity to guide each other in their natural hair journeys. In July 2015, she co-founded Black Biz Live, a community-based initiative where black owned businesses are featured on livestream platforms. Adeea’s perspective on living a purposeful life, personal branding tips, and content marketing ideas, cause her to be a sought-after event host, workshop facilitator, speaker and panelist. She also hosts a podcast, The Trendsetters Podcast. Adeea has a profound love for three things: Her Savior, Jesus Christ, Starbucks, and Statement Jewelry.