Following on from January’s post last month, the next in this series is, of course, February! I have once again put together some ideas for what you can tackle this month to get you that little bit more organised.
THOUGHTS ON FEBRUARY…
February can be a really difficult and tough month to gather any inspiration and motivation to get things done.
The weather is still gloomy and rainy – and the mornings and evenings are still quite dark. It really does feels like spring is still such a long way away.
As a result it would be really easy to simply close the doors and hibernate a bit – and no-one would blame you!
But it can be one of the best months to start thinking ahead and making plans – so I want to re-think February as the PLANNING MONTH!
THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY
#1 – PUT PLANS INTO PLACE – SET SOME GOALS
January tends to be when people try and put plans into action – due to the tradition of new years resolutions – but it can be quite difficult to get back into your normal routine after Christmas, forget about the holidays, AND start the year as you mean to go on – all in one month!
As suggested last month, let’s do our PLANNING in February instead.
That way we can start to think about what worked in January and what didn’t – without Christmas clouding our thoughts.
GETTING IT DONE
Why not take the time to sit down by yourself, with your partner, or with your whole family – and talk through what you all want from the year.
Is your “usual” week plan working? Do things need changing etc…..? Are there any specific larger goals you want to be looking at this year (moving house, starting a new job etc…)
I always try and plan out the week/months and year in very general terms at this point, so that everyone in the family can see what they have coming up, and we can check back at stages and make sure that we are on track, so that life is as balanced as possible, and this time next year we can be (hopefully) where we wanted to be.
#2 – LENT
The other thing that usually happens in February is Lent – which means to many giving up something for 40 days.
As such this makes starting (and sticking to) new habits that bit easier, especially if you are wanting to get more organised in some way this year.
More people give up things for Lent and STICK TO IT for the 40 days than people trying to stick to New years resolutions each year – they seem to last a couple of weeks and then the novelty wears off – whereas I think having 40 days to do something gives an attainable goal that seems easier to focus on.
So why not try and give up something that you know you could do with losing from your life – getting organised is all about creating new habits in your life – so getting rid of a few of the old ones, one at a time – is a great way to start!
#3 – DECLUTTERING
Although a lot of people do their decluttering in January as part of a new years resolution – February is also a great time to get things done as you tend to be inside more in winter and so you may as well get things done before the summer months hit!
In fact – the word February comes from the word ‘februa‘ – which means cleansing or purification – it’s like it was meant to be!
When I tied in decluttering with Lent last year – writing about “40 things to declutter in Lent” – it was a big hit, so it’s obvious that this is the month to have a good sort out.
Whether you try and complete something like my clutter challenge, or whether you simply have time only for a quick run through the house collecting obvious rubbish etc… try and make some time to streamline your home a little more this month.
OTHER THINGS TO LOOK AT IN FEBRUARY
- Valentines Day is the 14th Feb – if there is a special someone in your life then let them know!
- Lent starts – Shrove Tuesday is the eve of Lent so why not make pancakes as is traditional
- February Birthstone – Amethyst
- February Flower – Primrose
- February Zodiac Signs – Aquarius from January 20th to February 18th & Pisces February 19th to March 20th
I’ve got a free printable for all months of the year that you can grab. Februarys looks like this: –
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- Look at setting some goals for the month / year ahead
- Lent gives the opportunity to give up something specific for 40 days
- Declutter your home while the weather keeps you inside
- Enjoy a few pancakes!
- Don’t forget to tell your loved ones you love them on Valentines day
Here’s to a very organised February!
What do you love/hate about this time of year? Please let me know below…