New Year resolutions for busy moms and goal setting are a crucial part of helping us keep our sanity throughout the year.
After all, there is quite a lot on our plate that comes from every direction. Kids, spouse, the home, extended family, professional life, church, the dog, the goldfish, the bake sale… I mean, you name it, it requires our attention!
It is for that reason that we must formulate a concise plan to help us navigate throughout the year. We do so by setting realistic goals and attainable resolutions at the begging of each year.
Does this sound familiar?
- “I can barely keep up with everything I have to do each week.”
- “I am running on fumes.”
- “How can I create and organize goals and resolutions that benefit the entire family?”
- “It feels like all I do is cook, clean, and deal with the kids.”
- “I wish I had some time for myself.”
- “I am tired of doing everything around the house by myself”.
- “If any one asks me about what’s for dinner tomorrow again, I am going to lose it!”
- “Why does it feel like making dinner takes so long to prepare?”
If any of those scenarios resonated with you, then read on.
Today we are talking all about goal setting and going over New Year resolution ideas for busy moms that will help you navigate through the year less stressed and overwhelmed.
So, grab a pen and paper and let’s get ready to take back control of the new year ahead.
New Year Resolution Ideas for Busy Moms
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1. Get organized!
It all starts by getting your life organized… so put it all on paper!
Motherhood is crazy!I know, I am in the middle of it right along side you.
Because there is often a million things going on at the same time, it is important you stay organized by penciling everything in.
Here is what we are going to do…
First, purchase an agenda/planner that shows you the monthly and weekly outlook of every month.
Then, every month, on the “month outlook” of planner, make a list of all the things you would like to accomplish for that month.
On the “weekly outlook” of the calendar sort the priority tasks on a day-to-day basis.
The Bloom Daily Planner is a beautiful option.
It comes with a beautiful cover and has the weekly/monthly outlook.
Focusing on one week at a time will help you remain consistent and meet your goals, while avoiding overwhelm.
Every Sunday, place a check mark on the tasks you were able to complete the week before. The tasks that weren’t completed, move over to the following week by writing them down in the specific day you wish to complete them in.
Repeating this process on a weekly basis will help you stay consistent and intentional with your time.
Plus, crafting a schedule that allows for flexibility is key!
This kind of outlook will l help you stay focused while also looking at the bigger picture.
It will provide you with both structure and flexibility for a more realistic approach on your busy day.
Another great alternative is a Home Binder. The Home binder will help you track every single aspect of your home and family including:
- Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Outlooks
- Groceries & Meal Planning
- And much more!
A great choice for a Home Binder is the Deluxe Home Binder Printables from Abby Lawson.
Note: In addition, if you need help with organizing every inch of your home and don’t know where to start, check out this super helpful downloadable FREE Guide“7 Simple Starting Points: A Guide to Starting an Overwhelming Organizing Project” also by Abby Lawson.
2. Get a family calendar
Does this sound familiar?…
- “Mom, what time was today’s soccer game re-scheduled to?”
- “Mom, what’s for dinner tomorrow”?
- “Honey, when is the dentist appointment you booked for me next week”?
- “Babe, at what time did you say to pick up the kids for Friday’s early release”?
- “Mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, MOM!”
Fun fact: I once told my kids I was going to change my name to Lola, haha.
Uhhh, yeah! Let’s help ourselves prevent insanity by implementing a system where the entire family can help themselves to the previous answers by referring to the “family calendar.”
Much like your planner, mapping out the week/month for your family helps everyone feel less chaotic and confused.
The STYLIO Dry Erase Calendar Whiteboard is a popular option for this sanity-saving task.
Every month write down things that pertain to all members of the family.
Here are a few examples:
- Soccer practice
- Ballet rehearsals
- Dentists and doctor’s appointment
- Family game night
- Daily dinner menu
- School days off and early releases
- Work related events that interfere with the family schedule
- Date nights
- Play dates
Again, every Sunday revise the week to come and make any necessary changes.
Getting the entire family in the same frequency without you having to repeat yourself every two seconds, is the epitome of a New Year’s resolution for busy moms.
3. Implement Routines
Okay, now that we have our schedules in place it is time to implement some routines.
Routines help create consistency and structure, hence reducing stress, anxiety, and chaos.In addition, they help automate and simplify your mom life!
Some of the most important kids’ routines to implement, and stick to are:
If you need help creating all kinds of children routines, I recommend you look at this course.
Family Routines: How to Automate Your Housewife Life will teach you:
- Lunch Routines
- Kids helping with meals
- Morning routines
- After school routines
- Cleaning and house chores routines
- Homework routines
- and…clothing routines
You can check out the full curriculum here.
Sometimes all we need is a fresh set of ideas we can easily implement to what we already do daily, but in a more efficient manner.
4. Delegate more
If you want to get more off your plate as part of your New Year’s resolution, it is time to start delegating some responsibilities to the kids.
I not talking about sporadically telling them to tidy up their room… I am referring to creating a meaningful and intentional chore chart for kids with a schedule, rewards, and/or allowances.
Putting in place a chore chart will not only take a few things of your place, but more importantly studies have shown that children who do chores early on, “have higher self-esteem, are more responsible, and are better able to deal with frustration and delay gratification, all of which contribute to greater success in school”. (Source)
5. Schedule Self-Care
As part of New Year resolution ideas for busy moms we cannot forget about self-care.
Granted, there is a lot going on, and caring for ourselves in all sense of the word tends to take a back seat.
However, in order to give our children the attention and present parenting they deserve, we have to be in a good head space ourselves.
If you’ve ever traveled in an airplane before you might be familiar with the flight attendant’s safety speech just before your flight takes off:
“Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Please place the mask over your own mouth and nose first before assisting others.”
This is an important metaphor for us moms that believe that as long as we put our kids first, we are doing the right thing. Although that statement remains true for some instances, truth is that isn’t always the case.
I am guilty of that mentality as well. But after a few mom burnout episodes myself, I have learned to look at it from the flight attendant’s perspective.
If we put on our oxygen masks first, we will then be equipped to help and care our child better.
A self-care activity doesn’t have to be something fancy or unattainable because of our already busy schedules.
Simple things such as:
- Getting a manicure
- Find a place to think clearly and do so for a few minutes
- Going for an afternoon walk by yourself
- Waking up a few minutes before the kids and listening to an uplifting podcast while drinking your morning coffee
… could all have a big impact on your health and well-being.
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6. Meal Prep and Kitchen Aid
Cooking for the entire family is one of the MANY things we worry about on a daily basis.
So, what if we could make our lives a lot easier by making a few tweaks in the cooking department?
Make it a goal this year to simplify and shorten the time you spend in the kitchen.
A few crucial things that can help you do that are:
- meal planning
- freezer meals
- getting efficient kitchen tools, such as an electric pressure cooker and an air fryer
By having a meal game plan every week, allows you to save time, money, and your sanity.
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In addition to meal planning and prepping, using kitchen efficient tools cut your dinner time in the kitchen considerably.
For instance, my electric pressure cooker is a lifesaver!
After receiving it as a gift by my in-laws a few Christmas ago along with Bob Warden’s “Great Food Fast: Pressure Cooker Recipes”, it has turned into a kitchen staple.
Check out these cook times (recipes from the this book):
- Meatloaf: 15 minutes
- Lasagna: 6 minutes
- Chicken Noodle soup: 6 minutes
- Baby Back Ribs: 15 minutes
- Meatball: 8 minutes
Another trendy, handy, and healthy kitchen tool is an air fryer.
Air fryers are essentially plug and set. All you have to do is place your food in the basket, set the time and the temperature and you got yourself a crispy and healthier meal/snack in minutes.
It uses circulating hot air to cook food, instead of deep frying or adding oil to the food.
The air fryer’s cooking chamber radiates heat from a heating element near the food, thus cooking it more efficiently. (Source)
Air Fryers have the ability to:
- Cook multiple dishes at once
- Cook a meal within minutes
- Cut back on the use of fatty oils
One of the most popular and affordable Air Fryer is the Ninja Air Fryer (1550-Watt).
The Ninja Air Fryer is usually sold along the “The Skinny Taster Air Fryer Cookbook: The 75 Best Healthy Recipes” which is perfect to get you started using and enjoying your Air Fryer.
7. Wake up before the kids
You might be reading this seventh New Year’s resolution idea and thinking, “this lady just lost her marbles, sleeping in a few minutes with the kids is what gets me through the day”.
I know, I know. Snoozing a few minutes every morning until the kids wake up feels kind of nice… until you all wake at the same time and chaos erupts!
Waking up before the kids is a fundamental step in starting a stress-free school morning routine.
In fact, an early rise is a crucial aspect of productivity.
Waking up earlier than the kids allows you set time aside for yourself, hence helping you start the day cool, calm, and collected.
Some things you can do in the early morning to reset your mind and start on a positive note:
- Eat a healthy breakfast
- Drink your morning coffee in peace while listening to an uplifting video
- Get a few minutes of exercise
- Spend some time with God by reading a few Bible verses or a Daily Devotional
Waking up extra early to do any of these things might sound more of a sacrifice at first. But as you remain consistent you will start to see the incredible difference that it makes to the rest of your day.
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8. Practice Goal Setting
Living every day in the hamster wheel of motherhood can leave us feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
That is why it is important to set goals and establish personal challenges that keep us inspired and motivated.
Waking up every day with something to look forward to and knowing that you are closer to that goal makes all the difference.
Feeling driven and determined are qualities that fuel your daily momentum. You daily routine and hard work doesn’t seem as grueling when there have “set goals” you are looking to accomplish.
Personal goal setting idea for moms include:
- Lose weight
- Read a book a month
- Read a Bible verse everyday
- Start a side hustle
- Star a blog
- Learn something new
- Pay off a debt
Set a personal goal (or a few), write them down on your planner, and set realistic dates and expectations to reach them.
9. Strengthen your body and mind
If you recall the flight attendant’s speech in New Year’s Resolution idea #5, strengthening your body and mind is the number one way to live by that metaphor.
When you make time to strengthen your body and mind you are able to perform better, hence you are able to parent better.
I want to also emphasize that this article isn’t written by a automated machine who has no ideas what being a mother entails.
I know firsthand how hard it is to find time to care for ourselves and our bodies daily.
I’ve been on that struggle bus a few times in my motherhood journey, and I have to actively and purposely work on some of these principles every single day.
Here are a few mind and body strengthening ideas I have picked up throughout the years that can help you do just that….
Body Strengthening Ideas
- Go on a daily walk (with or without the kids)
- Use the stairs whenever possible
- Drink 8 glasses of water a day
- Wake up earlier that the kids and do a 15-home workout
- Plan and prep healthy meals
- Start the day with God (bible reading, reflecting, etc)
- Practice gratitude activities daily with your kids
- Listen to uplifting music
- Recite positive affirmations
- Watching to motivational videos
- Listening to inspiring/motivational podcasts
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- 5 Best Ways to Automate and Simplify your Life (A Mom’s Guide)
- Top 10 Qualities of Highly Productive Moms
It could often feel overwhelming setting goals and creating New Year resolutions as a busy mom.
After all, motherhood come with a million roles!
We are their providers, nurses, chauffeurs, personal assistants, maids, chefs, counselors… I mean, you name it, we cover it.
However, in order to meet all of those demands and keep our sanity, we must be strategic and realistic when goal setting.
Don’t forget to take it one week at a time.
Remember, New Year resolution #1?
By using the month by month and week by week outlook of your planner it will get you stay focused, organized, and less stressed.
But most importantly, give yourself grace!
Motherhood is journey, not a destination. Schedules are important but flexibility and self-care just as essential.
Trying to achieve a balance is the secret sauce.
What New Year resolutions and goal setting ideas are you looking forward to implementing?
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