Self Care Habits

How to Create a Monthly Reset Routine

The end of the month is an ideal time to reflect on the past few weeks and set new intentions for the weeks ahead. It’s a time for reflection, growth, and setting new goals. Create a fun new habit by turning this concept into a monthly reset routine with me.

In today’s guide, I want to talk all about monthly reset routines. We’re going to dive into what they are, why they’re great, and how to prepare for them. Plus, I’ll share my monthly reset routine that you can use as inspiration for your own.

What is a monthly reset routine?

A monthly reset routine is a way of getting your life back on track after a busy month. It’s an opportunity to clear your mind and your space, and get organized for the new month ahead.

Think of a monthly reset routine as a more detailed version of a daily reset routine or an evening routine that includes journaling, tidying up, and getting ready for the next day. Your monthly reset gives you a chance to tackle those bigger jobs and set an intention for the upcoming month.

Why having a monthly reset routine makes sense

Having a monthly reset routine can be a great way to develop new habits and set intentions for how you want to live your life. It acts as a monthly reminder to clear your mind, get organized, and focus on what matters the most to you.

I’ve found that having a monthly reset routine makes it easier to:

  • Keep my morning routine and evening routine simple
  • Prioritize my self and try new self care ideas
  • Focus on personal development and growth
  • Check in on my mental health and wellbeing
  • Remember what I need to do every month
  • Set goals or themes to motivate and inspire me

My monthly reset routine came out of a desire to create healthy habits for the New Year, but your inspiration could come from anywhere. Whether you want to feel more prepared and organized for work, or work on your self improvement goals, having a monthly reset routine can help you focus.

Two people tidying up as part of a monthly reset routine

How to make your monthly reset a success

Once you know you want to start a new routine, getting prepared is the key to success. Here’s how to approach starting (or rekindling) a monthly reset routine habit.

1. Decide when to do your monthly reset

Think about when you want to do your monthly reset. For some people, the end of the month is the perfect time for them. For others, the beginning of the new month makes more sense. It’s all about what works for your schedule, mood, and goals.

2. Figure out your focus

To really make your monthly resets a success, it helps to have a goal or focus in mind. This can be something small like getting into a good self care habit with your skincare routine, or it could be bigger — like starting a personal growth or wellness journey, or growing your own freelance business. Decide which area of your life you want to focus on right now, and work towards it. You could choose different areas of your life every month, or stick with the same focus throughout the year.

3. Gather all the supplies you’ll need

If you want a really productive day, gather everything you’ll need beforehand. While you don’t need many supplies for a monthly reset routine or day, there are some things you’ll want — like a notepad, pen, and any cleaning supplies you want to use.

4. Set a reminder

If you only do something once a month it can be hard to remember it. Remembering a Sunday reset is easy because it happens every week, but to help you stick to your habits I recommend setting an alarm. This works great not only for your monthly reset, but other monthly tasks too.

Get started with this 9 step monthly reset routine

So you want to create a monthly reset routine habit, but where do you start? Here’s what my monthly reset routine looks like — you can use this monthly reset checklist as a step-by-step guide or template to help you create your own monthly routine.

1. Brain dump

The first thing to do as part of your monthly reset is to do a brain dump. This is where you get all your thoughts, ideas, worries, and to-do list items out of your head and onto a piece of paper. Do this in whichever way works best for you — you could use a notebook or journal and a pen, or a digital notes app on your phone or tablet.

2. Write out your monthly calendar

Once you’ve freed up some space in your head, get started with writing out your calendar for the month. Add in any appointments or events, as well as special events, birthdays, and anniversaries. Feel free to add in some self care activities or a self care day too. A wall calendar is great if you’re a visual person, or you could use a digital calendar. I’m a huge fan of using my Google Calendar for this!

3. Make checklists and to-do lists

After I’ve gone through my calendar and updated it, I go back to my brain dump and start making plans. This is a great time to write out a checklist or to-do list of things you need to do, and also a list of things you want to do. Schedule these things into your calendar, or set reminders so you can get them done by your deadlines.

4. Reflect on how the previous month went

Another great thing to do as part of your monthly reset routine is to check in on how the past month went. Think about what went well last month, what didn’t, and where you can improve. Journal about the things you loved, your highs, and anything that motivated or inspired you. Use journal prompts and monthly affirmations for this monthly reflection if you get stuck.

5. Reset your physical space

My favorite part of my monthly reset routine is tidying up my space. Create time as part of your reset routine to give your home a good tidy, declutter, and clean. Clear surfaces, remove dust, and spend time deep cleaning. With a tidy home it’s easier to rest and stay organized.

6. Reset your digital space

Once you’re done organizing your physical space, move on to your digital space. Clear your notifications, check your emails, and remove any distractions or worries from your cell phone, tablet, and computer. Take some time to tidy up your photos, apps, and social media accounts too, if you want.

7. Check in with your budget

It’s always a good idea to know where you’re at with your money. Use some of your monthly reset routine time to check in with your budget and make sure you know exactly where your money is going. Check what you have coming in and going out, and plan ahead for future challenging times or moments where you want to indulge yourself a little more.

8. Restock your home

Most of us have a routine with our skincare, meals, and what we like to do or use within a month. Make it part of your reset routine to restock your home so you have everything you need for the next few weeks. This should make meal prep and staying organized much easier.

9. Set a theme or goal for the next month

Finally, as part of your reset routine, set a goal or theme for the month ahead. Your monthly goal could be anything you want — maybe you want to wake up earlier, or never be late for class. Maybe you want to find a new job, or quit a bad habit. Make this goal setting a priority as it’ll help you go into the new month with a fresh start and a new motivation to get things done.

Set yourself up for success with this monthly reset routine

A monthly reset routine can be an incredibly useful tool — especially when you use it alongside a daily routine checklist, weekly reset, and habit tracker. It’s an ideal way to reset and get refreshed for a new month, while also getting organized and tidying our spaces. Use this template to help you create your own reset routine and use it to help you approach and plan your life in a whole new way.

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