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This blog post is about 10 Achievable New Year resolutions for Every Busy Mom
Hey fabulous moms out there, here’s a shout-out from one busy mom to another. As a mom with a bustling toddler and a business to run, I get it. Planning for the year and making sure your new year resolutions are not generic and feel specific to your life is important.
I also understand that The struggle is real, but so is the potential for an incredible year ahead.
Let’s dive into some resolutions that not only resonate with my chaotic life but might just be the game-changers you need too.
1. Cherish Quality Family Time
In the whirlwind of daily life, let’s make a pact to prioritize quality over quantity.
I still vividly remember our international family vacation with our then 1-year-old —it was chaotic, but the laughter and bonding made it worth every moment.
Whether it’s a weekend trip, a family game night, or just a cozy movie evening, let’s savor those moments that make family truly special.
You can even travel through cuisine, so try a monthly “Around the World” dinner where you cook and enjoy meals from different countries. It not only introduces your kids to diverse cuisines but also creates lasting memories.
Tip: Schedule these family activities in advance, treating them like important appointments to ensure they become regular fixtures in your busy schedule.
2. Embrace “Me” Time, Unapologetically
Moms, this one is for us. Let’s make a resolution to embrace guilt-free “me” time.
Personally, my quiet which is about 30 minutes before everyone else is up in the morning has become a sacred ritual. It’s like a recharge button for the mom engine. Whether it’s a quiet cup of coffee, a chapter of a favorite book, or a bubble bath, remember, a little self-love goes a long way in keeping the mom engine running.
Want to spend that “Me” Time with others, then consider starting a “Mom Book Club” with friends where you can discuss a book and enjoy some uninterrupted adult conversation.
Conversing with my toddler for most of the day can definitely ignite a need for some adult conversation.
Tip: Set a recurring weekly “me” time slot in your calendar, treating it with the same priority as other essential commitments.
3. Define Boundaries Between Work and Life
For my fellow work-from-home moms, let’s set clear boundaries. Communicate your work hours to family and colleagues. It’s not about balancing; it’s about blending in a way that works for everyone.
Designate a specific workspace, even if it’s a cozy corner, to signal when you’re in work mode.
Recognize that work-life integration is about finding harmony between the two, acknowledging that perfection is not the goal.
Tip: Invest in noise-canceling headphones or a “Do Not Disturb” sign for your workspace to minimize interruptions during work hours.
4. Delegate and Outsource the Overwhelm
Running a business and managing a household can feel like juggling flaming torches. This year, let’s resolve to delegate tasks at home and outsource aspects of our business that don’t require our personal touch. It’s time to be the ringmaster, not the entire circus.
Hire a local teenager to help with occasional household tasks, giving you some breathing room and supporting a young entrepreneur.
Insight: Recognize that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness, and allows you to focus on what truly matters.
Tip: Create a family chore chart, create a cleaning schedule that involves everyone, and lighten the load.
5. Prioritize Health for a Power-Packed Year
Our health is our wealth, right? Let’s commit to regular exercise, wholesome meals, and adequate sleep. These secret weapons will keep us going, no matter how demanding the day gets. You can even start a family tradition of Sunday Meal planning and meal prepping, involving everyone in preparing healthy lunches for the week ahead.
Prioritizing health is an investment in your well-being and energy levels, ensuring you can tackle whatever comes your way.
Tip: Schedule short, effective home workouts to make fitness achievable.
6. Screen-Free Moments for Connected Living
In a world dominated by screens, let’s create pockets of time without them. Whether it’s during meals, family outings, or before bedtime, these screen-free moments cultivate connection and undistracted bonding.
Look for activities that your kid will enjoy without tech. I bet you will discover so much about your kids through these “tech detox” Moments.
My neices love for reading and books really bloomed when her mom started to do this practice with her. She now loves reading, and playing outside like we did when we were kids. Its truly a sight to see
Recognize that these moments not only strengthen family bonds but also contribute to overall mental well-being.
You can Create a “Technology Treasure Hunt” where kids have to find hidden objects without the help of screens—a fun and engaging way to promote family interaction.
Tip: Designate specific times for a family “tech detox.”
7. Build a Support System
Moms, we’re in this together. Let’s resolve to build or strengthen our support networks. Whether it’s through local mom groups, virtual communities, or the mom next door, having a solid support system can turn challenges into shared victories. Making mom friends can really change things around for you
Start a neighborhood support group where moms take turns organizing playdates or sharing parenting tips—a great way to build a sense of community.
Recognize that asking for and offering support creates a reciprocal relationship that benefits everyone involved.
Tip: Schedule regular virtual coffee chats with mom friends for a quick sanity check.
8. Set Realistic Goals for Success
Dream big, but let’s also set goals that are practical and achievable. Break them down into manageable steps to avoid being overwhelmed. This is the year for growth, not burnout
Tip: Create a vision board with both short-term and long-term goals for a visual reminder of what you’re working towards.
Example: Instead of a vague goal like “exercise more,” set a specific target, like taking a 20-minute walk every morning—it’s achievable and contributes to your overall well-being.
Insight: Recognize that setting achievable goals creates a sense of accomplishment and motivation for future endeavors.
9. Time Blocking for Mom Mastery
Time is our most precious asset. Let’s master it by implementing time-blocking techniques. Allocate specific blocks for work, family, and personal time. It’s the mom’s secret weapon for balancing it all.
Dive deeper into the concept of time blocking, share your time management hacks, and discuss the benefits of this technique for maintaining a balanced lifestyle.
Implement a “Power Hour” where you focus on high-priority tasks without distractions, boosting productivity and leaving room for personal time.
Recognize that mastering time is an ongoing process, and it’s okay to adjust your schedule as needed to meet changing priorities.
Tip: Use time-blocking apps to stay on track and maintain focus during work and family time. Check out this video where I share how to beat procrastination as a busy mom and get things done.
10. Learn to Say No, Gracefully
As moms, we often have the superhero urge to do it all. This year, let’s learn the art of saying no. It’s not a rejection; it’s a strategic move to protect our time and energy for what truly matters.
Politely decline additional volunteer commitments, but offer to contribute based on your skills and availability.
Recognize that saying no is a form of self-care, allowing you to focus on priorities and maintain a healthy balance.
I emphasize the need to do this with grace because we aren’t trying to burn bridges, unless of course it is a relationship that is unhealthy for you. My point is that a lot of time we may have to teach people how to treat us, especially in relationships that we want to preserve.
Those who love snd care about may not love the boundaries at first but they will respect it.
Tip: Practice saying no with kindness and offer alternatives when possible.
So here’s to a year of growth, balance, and thriving in the beautiful chaos of mom life. Cheers to us, the everyday superheroes who make it all happen! Need an accountability buddy? Let me know in the comments section which of these resolutions you plan to adopt in the New year.