As a new mom, you may find it difficult to set aside much-needed time for yourself, or to set and accomplish personal goals. Here are a few tips:

Be realistic. Give yourself timeframes of different lengths, taking steps rather than leaps. Short-, medium-, and long-term promises to yourself can keep you motivated in the beginning and help you sprint toward the finish.

Make time to work out. Getting fit is nearly everyone's favorite goal. It's one of the hardest to carry out, though, especially for new moms. To make your quest toward fitness more manageable, break it down into concrete short-term and long-term benchmarks.

Live more for yourself. The 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. 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.

Prioritize. 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.