For a lot of moms, making New Year’s resolutions isn’t something we even think about doing because we feel there’s not enough time in the day to accomplish them.
It’s totally understandable to feel this way. But there are benefits associated with setting goals for yourself (whether they’re made on Jan. 1st or another day).
Therefore, you shouldn’t discount the idea altogether. It is possible for moms to set (and achieve) New Year’s resolutions. Below are some tips to help you out.
1. Think it through
Take the time to think about the things you really want to accomplish in 2015. Although it sounds obvious, don’t waste your time working towards a goal that you aren’t committed to.
For example, a lot of people, especially moms, decide to begin a weight loss program on Jan. 1st. This is great if it is something you want to do. The problem is that many people set this goal because it’s a common New Year’s resolution or their spouses have been complaining about their weight.
If you don’t really want to lose weight, then you aren’t serious about it and you won’t achieve it. Therefore, take the time to think about the things you want to achieve.
2. Be reasonable
Another reason a lot of people don’t achieve their New Year’s resolutions is because they set unreasonable goals that aren’t practical. After a couple of months without seeing any progress, they give up on achieving their goals.
For example, one may make the resolution to “get out of debt.” However, if that person has $30,000 in revolving debt and has a $70,000 yearly salary, then it isn’t possible for him/her to pay off the entire $30,000 in just one year. When making your New Year’s resolutions, make sure that your goal is achievable based on your personal situation.
3. Start small
As a mom, you understand what it means to start small. After all, babies have to learn to roll over before they learn to crawl and they have to learn how to crawl before they learn to walk.
Setting goals is a lot like this. If you want to lose 50 pounds in the next year, start small by working to lose 5 pounds first. Once that goal is achieved, work to lose 5 more pounds and so on until all 50 pounds have been lost.
Most people are able to achieve a goal when they see results. When small goals are set, and met, people stay motivated.
4. Make a plan
There are so many factors that have to be considered by moms when they set goals for themselves because they don’t just have themselves to worry about. They have the entire family to worry about too.
So if you want to make some New Year’s resolutions for yourself, and achieve them, you need to make a plan. Look at your family’s schedule and figure out when you will be able to carve out time for yourself so you can work towards your goal.
For example, if losing weight and getting fit is your goal, you are going to have to make time to work out. This can be difficult with kids, but it’s still possible when you look at your schedule and purposely schedule time in every day to work out…even if it’s only for 20 minutes. You could even break it up into 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the afternoon.
5. Teach your kids
Now that you have some New Year’s resolutions for yourself, why not make it fun for the entire family? Setting and achieving goals is an important life skill that kids need to learn how to do.
So, why not sit down with your kids and help them create their own New Year’s resolutions? As the year goes by, continue to encourage your kids until they achieve the goals they set for themselves.
Yes, making and achieving New Year’s resolutions, as a mom, can be difficult but it’s not impossible. If you purposely make a plan and carve out a little time every day to devote to your goals, you will make your New Year’s resolutions a reality!