Anybody else find that New Years resolutions are about 2000 times harder to follow through with when you become a parent?
This year I’m going to eat healthier.
This year I’m going to save more.
This year I’m going to read more books.
You create all these amazing goals for yourself and get all hyped… only to get so swept away in parenting and managing a household that your new years resolution is over before it even began.
Trust me, I’ve been there.
The last couple years however I feel like I’ve finally figured out some key things to do in order to actually follow through with the goals that I make for myself.
- Start the year organized.
You know that stretch of time between Christmas and New Years where you forget what day it is and who you are? As fun as it is to sit back and Netflix binge with the family, instead use some of that time to get organized and gear up for the new year! Since that time has already passed this year, instead set aside the next weekend to get yourself together. The holidays leave us with more stuff than we started with, so now is a great time to de-clutter and get rid of everything you don’t use. The more organized your life is, the easier it will be to focus on your goals and resolutions. For me personally this year, I decided to de-clutter my pantry and laundry room. I got rid of a ton of random items that got pushed to the back of the shelves throughout the year and bought big baskets + shelf organizers while Target had organizational items on sale. I can’t even express how much calmer I am knowing that everything has a place—and more importantly that I know where that place is! Knowing that everything is put away and organized means that I can focus my energy on my family and doing what I need to do to achieve my goals.
2. Write down your goals.
Whether you want to write them in your journal, in your planner, put them on a cork board, or even create a fun vision board, there have actually been studies done showing that this will raise the chances of your goals being achieved. I never used to do this however a few years ago my husband and I made a tradition of writing out our goals on New Years eve and ever since we’ve both had an easier time keeping sight of those goals as the year progresses. Not only does it keep you more accountable, but it’s fun looking back and reading your goals at the end of each year.
3. Communicate your goals with those around you.
I’ve always believed strongly that it truly takes a village. Not only does this apply to raising a child but it also applies to being successful. The more support and love that you can fill your life with, the more likely you are to follow through. I’ve found that by expressing my goals to my husband, family, and friends, not only am I keeping myself accountable but I also create a support system full of people who build me up and make it easier to achieve my goals. Make a pact with your loved ones to discuss the progress of your goals regularly and to see if there's anything you can do to help one another be successful in your resolutions!