Are you thinking of making some New Year's resolutions as January 1 rolls around? Maybe you're vowing to get more exercise, or to do something about those overflowing closets and stacks of unfiled papers. The trick for many moms (and many other people who aren't moms) is how to ensure that those brave resolutions don't disappear by February!
To help prevent this from happening, keep these guidelines in mind as your craft and carry out your mommy resolutions. First, pick goals that are both realistic and specific. Then, give yourself timeframes of different lengths, taking steps rather than leaps. Short-, medium-, and long-term promises to yourself can keep you motivated through the summer and help you sprint toward the finish in the winter.
Armed with these strategies, you're ready to make positive, lasting changes. Here's how to make and keep resolutions in three aspects of your life that may need improvement.
1. Getting in Shape
Getting fit is nearly everyone's favorite goal. It's one of the hardest to carry out, though, especially for new moms, given what they're already trying to accomplish each day. (Too bad that motherhood doesn't automatically come with a 25-hour day.)
To make your quest toward fitness more manageable and concrete, break it down into short-, medium- and long-term benchmarks. Try setting it up this way:
2. Living More for Yourself
This idea may seem counterintuitive with a new baby in the house. But making this promise to yourself will actually help you spend more quality time with your little one. By “living for yourself,” you are in essence allowing yourself to say “No” to some requests that aren't top priority and focusing on what's important. Being able to do as you like actually frees you up to spend time with your family on your own time under your own terms.
Here are some ways to capture this mommy resolution:
When you set up your resolution in this style, you’re always working toward something. And in the end, the entire family gets a reward — and there’s no bigger motivation than a countdown to something you’re looking forward to.
3. Getting (More) Organized
Being organized — or as organized as you could be — is a truly all-encompassing resolution, one that makes all your other goals possible. If you have an up-to-date schedule and to-do list to work from, you're more likely to be able to delegate work, take time for yourself, make time for others, and have everything done on time for dinner!
Getting everything in order can take on many forms, of course: You could use an app, a big calendar, or even an old-fashioned datebook to set schedules and make plans. Once you get all your obligations down on paper, you can see if you need to ease off on anything.
As for the breakdown, give this a shot:
As the year unfolds, you may see some of your resolution-driven tasks gradually become treasured habits and must-do's. And if you carefully monitor how you spend your days, you’ll find extra hours you never knew you had to spend with your little one and family.