Hello! Happy new month, and welcome to November. I’m glad you made it to the second ‘mber’ month of the year.
Bring out drums, roll out the carpets, declare the party open, and let’s thank God for life.
I mean, it’s not easy to get to the final lap of the year. So many events have happened, and lots of things have transpired, but here you are standing.
You are alive, breathing, living well, and enjoying God’s grace. God deserves our praises — you know? Yeah.
Sincerely, I didn’t plan this post before writing it. No keyword research, outline, or research — nothing, nothing.
I just got the inspiration to put up a ‘Happy New Month’ post for my lovely reader and share some pieces of advice with you.
So, what’s in November for you?
November promises to be great for everyone who will put in the effort to make things happen.
It promises to favor those who will leave their comfort zone and try challenging and goal-oriented tasks.
This month could be the best you’ve experienced if you learn to pray and trust God for everything.
And finally, November will be a happy month if you put your strong foot forward, reduce your extravagant lifestyle, and focus on the things that matter.
Seven Ways to Make November A Happy Month for You
Meanwhile, here are my tips to start every month in the best possible way:
1. Write Down Your Targets For the Month
I’m sure you want to be hyper-productive this month since we are heading closer to the end of the year.
Creating a list of targets is one of the effective ways to stay productive throughout the next 30 days.
Seat back, relax, take your pen and paper, and write down your goals for the month and when you intend to achieve them.
Your list must be clear, simple, and realistic.
Have you written your targets for the month? Great!
You are already on the right path to having a successful month.
However, it’s not enough to create a list. Find ways to achieve them.
Don’t be an ordinary goal setter, but a determined goal-getter who would do everything legally possible to achieve his goals.
2. Have Daily a To-do List
Now, look at your well-crafted list.
Think of regular activities that can boost your chances of achieving your monthly goals.
For instance, if losing 10kg of weight is one of your targets, then you must include a regular workout in your to-do list.
That way, you can easily achieve it without much muse. That’s how it works!
So, take your time, go through the targets, and create a to-do list of daily routines that will help you achieve each of your goals.
Don’t know how to create an effective daily to-do list? Don’t panic, check the next heading.
Five Tips to Make an Effective To-do List
Below are some clues I borrowed from Julia Martins of Asana:
- The most important and pressing tasks should come first. Complete them to avoid unnecessary deadline pressure.
- If no urgency, the least difficult tasks should top your list. That way, you will settle many tasks before losing your strength.
- Divide voluminous tasks into simpler fragments to encourage a faster and better work rate.
- Don’t multitask to prevent quick burnout. Take it one step at a time to avoid.
- Ensure your to-do list is flexible because you might have reasons to alter one or two things as the month progresses.
3. Develop the Right Mindset and Habits
Do you know that a to-do list will remain ineffective without the right mentality and habits?
It’s just a mere list that won’t change anything unless you use it.
That’s why you must develop habits that enhance your chances of completing your daily tasks.
Firstly, you need discipline to achieve your targets for this new month. Focus on what matters — no joking around.
Don’t play when you should be in the office or workplace, tackling your tasks.
Learn to do the right thing at the right time. Trust me, you will be happier than ever.
Change your circle of friends if they aren’t helping you reach your goals.
Don’t nurture negative thoughts and feelings. Instead, be positive even if situations around aren’t encouraging.
Practice meditation, and you will be fine. Meanwhile, exercise has proven to be helpful physically and psychologically. Do it often.
Prayer is non-negotiable, irrespective of your faith. The Bible charges us to pray, not faint (Luke 18:1)
Pray scripturally by backing your prayers with God’s word.
Don’t pray emotionally. Believe in God’s abilities to answer your prayers. Trust God’s word and ask everything in Jesus’ name.
Constant prayer is non-negotiable if you must experience joy and happiness throughout November and beyond.
I know it sounds preachy; I can’t help but reiterate it!
5. Spend Wisely
It’s the holiday season when expenses tend to increase exponentially.
Lots of vacations, shopping, and other money-consuming events are bound to occur this time of the year.
Trust me, I won’t advise you not to treat yourself like queen and king — never!
Go on vacations, take your kids to Disneyland Paris, or enjoy snorkeling. You can try skiing with your spouse if you’ve got the money.
You worked for it; hence, you deserve a nice treatment and memorable relaxation.
However, don’t put yourself under unnecessary pressure if you’re financially unfit for such treatment.
Don’t imitate your rich friends or compete with them when they are clearly off your mark. Stay calm and collected.
Keep grinding until you make sufficient money to sponsor all travel expenses.
December is still very much around for all the travels. You might be heading to Jerusalem with your kids to view Jesus’ tomb — nobody knows.
What other Christmas vacation could be better than that? So, save your best for the last.
6. Work Hard and Smart
Faith without works is nothing.
You can’t expect God’s blessings in November if you are lazy. Even if you pray all day, nothing will change if you have nothing to do.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe in miracles and have seen them happen to people. But miracles only happen to those who are willing to get things done.
For blind Batimus, He had to shout: “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!”
For the lame man at the beautiful gate, he had to pick up his bed to walk. Naaman had to bathe in the water for his healing.
So, you need something (career, skill, or handwork) to sustain God’s blessings.
He only promises to bless the works of your hands — not the laziness of your mind.
Little wonder, the Apostle Paul said faith without works is dead, and work without faith is dead.
Both work hand-in-hand to make you a great person. In a nutshell, you need to work smart and hard.
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7. Show Kindness
Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if we cared for one another?
No terrorism, hatred, blackmail, killings, fraud, or any other harmful things?
Take a minute and imagine that!
Do you picture that happy and serene atmosphere we all would enjoy? Oh, how I wish it would come to pass.
Well, while we all hope for that day, you can start from somewhere — your vicinity. Show love to people around you without minding what’s in it for you.
Give to the poor people. Be kind to those around you, whether in cash or materials.
Treat people the way you want them to treat you.
Don’t be too eager to judge or punish people for their mistakes or errors. Hear their side of the story before taking action.
Yeah, I know it’s easier said than done, but it’s achievable.
And what will you benefit from being kind? Peace of mind, prosperity, and progress.
The scripture says vividly that it’s more blessed to give than to receive.
Hence, you should expect pressed-down and running-over blessings.
I’m 80% upbeat about your chances of having a happy and highly productive month once you observe the tips above.
Develop a positive mindset and attitude, create your monthly goals, have your daily to-do list, and practice kindness.
Pray and be diligent in your work. Everything will turn out fine.
What other points would you love to add to the list? Do you have a personal strong point you wouldn’t mind sharing with me?
Kindly drop them in the comments below while we learn from your experience.
Thank you for being around. Once again, happy new month, and have a splendid 31 days.
Meanwhile, don’t forget to learn from the 10 costliest mistakes I made in my early 20s