Hopefully you've already read my article on weekly tasks and weekly review. If not, it is linked below. The weekly tasks are routines more than anything. They really do need to be done each and every week if possible.
Monthly tasks are optional in most cases. Other than #10 on the list below, there is nothing that HAS to happen for my life to continue. I like having this list, however, because I always feel like I'm forgetting something. Can you relate?
You have 5 unexpected free minutes and instead of scrolling that devilish palm-sized device, you think "what was it I wanted to do? meant to do? forgot to do? should do? thought about starting? never finished?"... sound familiar?
I keep this list in my phone and in my planner so I can reference it and add an actual TASK to my weekly plans. Re-read the weekly review if you need a refresher, and hopefully you will start to grasp the big picture. It may all sound a bit "extra" to you, but I have found it to be very helpful in my rushed, scattered, always-interrupted life.
Here is my own personal monthly task list. I do not do these EVERY month, but having a list gives me somewhere to start.
1. Wash sheets. 2. Wash car. 3. Clean out refrigerator and freezer. 4. Clean out pantry. 5. Purge clothes / toys and take a load to Goodwill. 6. Meal plan for next month (linked below). 7. Check Amazon subscribe & save. 8. Birthday cards / gifts for the next month. 9. Prep for any holiday in the next month. 10. Prep monthly pill box (linked below). 11. Read one book. 12. Upload pictures to Shutterfly (or your app of choice). 13. Back up phone / computer etc. 14. Budget for next month. 15. Review goals and plan for next month.
Pro tip: incorporate your goals into your monthly task list. For example, if you want to spend more time with your partner, kids, and friends, your list might include: 16. One date night. 17. One friends night. 18. One mommy & kids date (or daddy if you're one of my few male readers 🥰). 19. Something hobby related. 20. Something self-care related.
Having a running list of monthly to-do's can keep the wheels on the bus, avoid late fees, and dodge social faux pas (sometimes).
It's a lot to maintain, though. It can seem overwhelming and just TOO MUCH. So I personally keep the list more as a reference than a requirement. Things I could do and some I should do, but really nothing is mandatory. If I've learned anything during this pandemic, it's that the bare minimum is also okay.
Here's my for-real monthly task list in my for-real planner. It's slightly different from what I listed above, since I tried to pull out tasks that may apply to everyone and not just my life.
Nothing fake or staged.
It's Dec 30th and I haven't even updated any of my tasks for December because CHRISTMAS.