January 1st has come and gone and I am finally starting to work on my new year’s resolutions.
It takes a while to get my butt in gear, and the kids have to go back to school before I can focus on myself. So now that it’s the 8th of January, I’m finally ready to start.
This year I have a theme word. It’s Peace.
Peace to me means that everyone in my family is happy and getting along. That I am organized and my home is clean. That I’m focusing on the good and feeling the spirit each day. Those are all hard goals to accomplish. Especially with 4 teenagers and a 6 year old.
So I’ve rallied the troops and put together a support system for myself so I can accomplish my goal of having a peaceful life this year.
1. Clean Simple Eats. I found this amazing cookbook while scrolling through Instagram a few weeks ago. It’s a whole support system for accomplishing your health goals this year. The cookbook is full of macro balanced meals that are delicious. This is something I struggle with the most in my life. Eating right. I am usually so busy that I don’t have time to take care of myself physically. I usually grab the easiest thing to eat which is usually goldfish crackers. (Every mom’s go to snack, right?). So if a meal plan doesn’t have easy to follow recipes, food prep directions, and food that fills me up, I won’t do it.
Clean Simple Eats is all of those things together in one plan. You really need to check it out. They even have a Facebook group so you can get support and ask questions whenever you need something. They have a winter, spring, summer and fall eating plan so you are eating all sorts of foods and you’ll never get bored.
2. Get a Paper Planner. I have always believed that I could do it all on my phone. Organize my calendar, keep track of my finances, take notes, schedule my daily tasks, and I can. BUT I just got a paper planner and there is just something special about them. There’s something that happens to your brain when you write something down. I remember it much better. And it’s something I can keep forever andmy kids will have when I’m gone. Just like a journal. My favorite paper planner is the one from InTheLeafyTreeTops.com.
Believe me when I say this planner has everything you need to organize your life. So many pages for each month to keep track of different types of to do lists. Planning pages for every holiday. Worksheets for a budget.
You can even keep track of your scripture reading in this planner. Each month starts out with a new inspirational quote. There are a few lined pages at the end of each month for journaling and some graph paper for doodling! There’s a page at the beginning of each month where you can write down your goals for strengthening your relationships with your loved ones also. You NEED this planner.
3. Use an Alexa or Google Home to stay organized and diffuse arguments! I love my Google Home. I got two minis for Christmas this year. One sits on my desk and one is in the family room. I love to use my Google home to play relaxing or fun music while the kids are home, depending on the time of the day. On Sunday we play church music. I use Google home to add items to my shopping list, take notes for me, order things for me, answer questions for me, play games with and even play musical chairs with. It’s so much fun! When ever we are arguing about something, we ask google who’s right, and the argument is over.
4. Use apps to keep track of your goals. You can set reminders through Google Calendars and your Google Home will chime in and remind you to do things like exercise, eat a snack, meditate, drink water, etc. But When you’re not home you need something else to remind you. And Google won’t track your progress. This is where apps come in. Here is a list of goal apps that I like and others have suggested.
-The Fabulous: Reset your habits and transform your life with evidence-based coaching in just 19 days. Set one goal at a time and move up to more habits as you go.
-Strides: A SMART goal and habit tracking app which will help you stay motivated and on track with flexible reminders and beautiful charts to help you achieve your goals.
-Coach.me: You can set goals, and join a community for that goal to encourage you to execute on goals to build new habits.
-Streaks: The to-do list that helps you form good habits.
-Zenify: Raise your consciousness, self-awareness, and mindfulness. Who couldn’t use that as a busy mom?
-Month to Master: Month to Master is a chatbot that helps you set monthly goals.
5. Adjust your goals and be kind to yourself. If you have found that your goals are just too hard to accomplish, adjust them. Don’t give up though. Make changes and take smaller steps. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t stay on track with your goals. Forgive yourself and move forward. One step at a time. Ask for your family’s help to hold you accountable. If you don’t get support from those around you, it’s much harder.
Goal settings for moms is important because goals help us change things in our lives that are needing help.
We are the heart of the family and like the saying goes “If mom ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy!” So take care of yourself and your family will follow your example.
What are some of your tips and tricks for accomplishing your goals?