What you need for monthly planning:
- Bible (to remember why you plan)
- Planner (this one is my favorite one)
- Pens (gotta be able to write this stuff down folks)
- Water (to stay hydrated because this can be exhausting if you’re not careful)
You can see all my planning tools here, but these are the necessities for monthly planning.
Tips for Effective Monthly Planning
I have found that the more specific I am with my monthly planning, the easier my month flows and the more likely I am to do my weekly planning, which we will talk about next.
Because I’ve done my yearly planning, I know that major events are probably already on the calendar (i.e., church conferences, birthdays, holidays). Also, since I’ve completed our quarterly planning, I know whether or not I need to travel this month or if someone is coming to visit us.
Tip: Before getting started, it’s a good idea to review your mission statement along with your roles and goals. This will keep your God-given purpose fresh in your mind as you fill in your calendar. You can check out my 5-day series, How to Fill Up Your Life and Not Just Your Schedule here for additional inspiration.
Additional things to think about during monthly planning:
Date Nights – We set aside a day each week to for date night. We try to do three date nights at home and one date night out. You can see a whole slew of ideas in this post.
Family time – We set aside one to two times a week for family time. Right now Tuesday nights are family night out. We like to go out to eat and just get out of the house! Then either Saturday morning or Saturday evening is reserved for family time depending on what we have going on that week.
Work deadlines – Since we are a work at home family, we have to make sure we communicate all work deadlines so we can be sure we’re getting enough time to work to complete the task. This could also include out of town meetings, financial planning, etc.
Small group, Bible studies, etc. – We are just getting plugged into the church calendar in our new town, but this is something I make sure is on the calendar for the month.
Budget meetings – We try to do budget meetings weekly. I slot these into our shared calendar.
Hospitality – We love having people into our home, but right now we don’t have a home. I look forward to getting Friday Night Meatballs up and running again. I like to add to my calendar potential times to gather with friends and family so we can be sure to get plans in place.
Miscellaneous – Some other things I try to think about during monthly planning is car maintenance (oil change, tire rotation, etc.), haircuts, doctor appointments, etc.
After it’s all said and done, our calendar will look something like this:
As I said about yearly planning & quarterly planning, this plan is the same…it is not the end all be all. There are many times our schedules get shifted. Life happens and things don’t always go as planned. That’s okay!
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