etHow to plan your monthly activitiesI used to share my monthly goals on the blog. I stopped sharing here because I’m not sure how useful it is to see My goals (do let me know if you find it useful. I don’t mind sharing with you guys). I still plan my upcoming month and important events in that month.

Planning doesn’t have to be related to money, time management etc. It can be as simple as cleaning the bathroom sink. But here, we are going to focus on major categories to plan your month. Writing in a paper on putting it somewhere visible shows us the list of things we need to do that specific period. The word “goals” might sound too technical. The point is to plan your month ahead of time to avoid any surprises in the middle of the month. Who want to be in a situation when you don’t have any good pajamas at home for your kid’s pajama day at school the next day?

The reason I started planning my month was, on multiple occasions, I was either missing an event or was exhausted after planning something at the last minute. Maybe I am one of those people who have less energy overall. But I perform and thrive well when planned. You don’t need to spend 2 hours planning your month. Sometimes 10 minutes is enough to plan your month. Download the printable below and start filling your dates/events in each category. Make sure you fill it up and stick it in your fridge.

List Of Categories To Plan your Month:

All of us wear different hats in our lives. Mom, dad, wife, daughter, son etc. Whether its an event that we attend or our kids attend, it should be on OUR schedule. Because we are the ones who need to plan and prepare for the event. Below are list of categories that can be planned for your upcoming month:

Kids School Activities:

It’s one of the active categories each month. Every month, something or the other is going on for kids either in their school or daycare. For us, Jeev will start his preschool this month. It’s a big event for us and I’m preparing what to do on the first day, how to plan his transition (he will be moving from one class to another in the daycare itself. I would like his transition to be as smooth as possible). I will be doing a photo shoot and we will be making muffins to celebrate the new class as well. It’s just that I want to create an excitement around the change for my little boy.

Religious Festivals:

There is no major religious festival/event this month in the religion I follow. However, by knowing ahead of time, I will be able to prepare my day/week/month to celebrate the festival without running around like a mad woman. In my religion, festivals involve lots of cooking. Someone who doesn’t like to spend too much time in the kitchen, it’s essential for me to plan ahead, freezer cook, or meal plan for that special day.

The only significant event related to religion for this month is, Anna prasannam for Meera. Meera turned 5 months and our doctor recommended starting solid between her 5-6 months. We have decided an auspicious day to start her first meal (more of a first taste of a puree). I bought a material for her dress, my mom stitched it, I’m looking for some ideas to take pictures of her day, where to start the feeding, what to take to the temple etc. I enjoy planning all these and celebrate important events in our life.

Special Occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries:

We don’t have any birthdays in June, but we do have Father’s Day to celebrate. Buying gift needs major planning in here. My husband enjoys experience gift than material gift. I enjoy utilitarian gift. We also don’t believe in showing our kids with too many toys. So, we do need to plan ahead for that special occasion every time.

Events to Attend:

You might have invitations to attend birthday parties, friends meetup, kids playdate etc. Plan ahead and be prepared for the event ahead of time.

Did you buy a gift for your friend’s kid birthday celebration? Start looking for a deal right away instead of waiting until the last minute and pay double for the same gift you would have bought for a much lesser price if you have planned earlier.

You might need to check your closet for those unopened, quality gifts for regifting. Here is more on regifting.

Budget Meeting:

Can’t stress enough of the importance of budget and spending discussion with your spouse/family. Set aside a time and discuss the spending of the previous month, what you did right and wrong, how you want to take this month ahead etc. Just make sure you do this meeting sometime in the first week of every month.

Holidays/Vacations:

Are you traveling, planning a vacation, someone visiting you home, or there is a long weekend around the corner? Plan ahead on how you want to spend your holiday/vacation. Book that flight ticket as early as possible. I’m super guilty of this one. Husband’s work has been super volatile lately that we are having a hard time planning ahead for vacation. But we are trying to make it work. On an ideal situation, I want to plan our vacation, book tickets etc as early as possible.

Date Night/Day/Shopping:

When was the last time you went on a date with your special one? Our last real date was just days before my daughter was born. We put our son to sleep, asked my parents to watch him, and went for a movie. It was a great movie and we had such a good time together. However, we still try to sneak in once a week. It might be just to get a take-out from a nearby restaurant to the grocery store when the kids are asleep (and mom watching them). But that 10 minutes time together is so valuable and I always feel refreshed when we are back. I can’t stress enough the importance of spending alone time with your spouse. If you’re not doing it now, please try {and don’t talk about your work when you’re alone. Joke around and have fun even if you’re in the grocery store household aisle getting toilet paper 😉 }

Projects/Learning/Reading:

Do you want to read a certain book that you’ve been trying to read, want to learn something, want to make some progress on the big project? Note it down. The power of setting up a goal and having it in your notepad is so powerful that you’ll at least make one step ahead than the month before.

Big Spending:

My husband and I don’t discuss or ask for approval for small purchases. Both of us are not spenders and we discuss our spending at the end of every month in our budget meeting. However, if we are looking to buy something big, whether it’s for the house, family, or for the individual, we discuss it. We put an alert in places such as Slickdeals and continue to look for deals. If it’s something urgent that will save time/ money, waiting for a good deal might not makes sense. In that case, we will just go ahead and buy. For something that can wait, we will continue to look for deals and wait till we get one. However, it will be in our monthly planner so that we are continuing to look for a better deal before we buy one.

It’s important to note down big purchases because, it’s visible to all the family members, you’re waiting to buy it and continue to talk to your family about this. Sometimes after discussions, you might realize you no longer need that product. We have decided not to buy many items after much thoughts/discussions with each other. Hence, it’s important to note it down.

Here is the planner printable for your monthly events. Print it out at the starting of every month, write down your list, and stick it in the freezer for tracking and visibility.

6 comments on “How To Plan Your Monthly Activities? + Printable”

  1. Planning is key, especially when you have kids. I have 3 girls and we are always doing something. If it weren’t for my planner and phone reminders I would be lost!

    • agree. In this busy life, I’d be losing so much or burned out if I don’t plan well 🙂

    • Try the printable I shared at the end of the post. It’s nothing fancy and you can create one easily. But if you want to start using one right away, try this one and see if it works.

  2. you are so diligent with your planning- loved this post.
    The anna prasannam ritual sounds beautiful and how nice that your mom stitched a dress for your little girl. That is so sweet and special 🙂

    -Neha
    LovePlayingDressup

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