It’s that time of year again to reflect on new goals for the new year. In this article, I talk about different New Year’s resolution ideas for moms to think about. I also include tips on breaking down three of the most common resolutions I hear from moms into more concrete goals and steps.
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10 New Year’s Resolution Ideas For Moms
- Exercise more
- Eat healthier
- Save more money
- Do more self-care activities
- Start a new hobby
- Re-connect with old friends
- Visit family more often
- Start saying “no” more frequently
- Create more organizational systems at home
- Start an online business
Three of the most common New Year’s resolution ideas I hear from moms are wanting to exercise more, save money, and do more self-care. Below, I discuss these three resolutions in more detail.
Is exercising more on your list of New Year’s resolution ideas? As a mother, you may find it challenging to incorporate exercise into your already busy schedule. It can be difficult to keep a consistent workout schedule when you are already busy and tired. But you’re already aware of the importance of regular exercise.
Here are some questions to think about:
- If you have a job, what are the work hours?
- If you have kids, what time do you drop them off school? What time do you pick them up?
- Are you a “morning person” or “evening person?”
When you develop goals, it’s a good idea to start small. In other words, create a small goal for the first month and then re-evaluate your progress in the second month. Here’s an example:
Month of January
Exercise 2 times every week the month of January.
Exercise for 15 minutes.
Month of February
If you accomplished your goal for January, slowly increase the original goal.
Exercise 3 times every week the month of February.
Exercise for 20 minutes.
If you were not able to accomplish the goal, think about the following questions:
- What were your barriers?
- Did you set your expectations too high?
Ideas to get more exercise in your schedule:
- Get more exercise by running with the baby stroller. This is a good option if you don’t have someone to watch the baby or don’t have enough time.
- If you work, does your company have a gym? If so, can you use your lunch hour to exercise? This is a good choice if you are short on time, can’t find someone to watch the kids, or find the kids distracting during workouts.
- Wake up 15 minutes earlier than the kids to get in a quick workout. This is a good option if you are a “morning person.”
- Exercise at home after the kids fall asleep. This is a good option if you don’t have someone to watch the kids or you are an “evening person.”
Save more money
Money is frequently seen on a person’s list of New Year’s resolution ideas. Saving more money can be challenging for moms, because there are so many expenses associated with raising a family. Housing, childcare, food, and activities are all expenses that moms need to think about. Many moms want to save more money, but they need realistic ideas in doing so.
Questions to think about:
- What are you saving more money for? Is it for a mortgage down payment? Do you need an emergency savings fund? Would you like to set up a savings account for your child’s college education?
- What is your top financial priority? Do you want to pay off debt? Are you in need of more money for a mortgage down payment? Can your family use extra money for annual family vacations?
Ideas to start saving more money:
- Use a cash-back credit card
Cash-back credit cards reward you with extra money when you make purchases on credit cards. I’ve typically seen rewards between 1-5% per purchase. Cash-back credit cards are a great way to save money. However, be careful when using credit cards, because it’s easy to get carried away with spending. You want to pay off the full balance every month or you defeat the purpose of trying to save money using a cash-back credit card.
- Babysit another kid
Do you have a kid that could use more playtime with another kid? Perhaps, you have a friend that could use a date night with her husband? Offer to babysit for one of your family members, friends, or neighbors. Babysitting can be a great way to earn extra cash and save more money in the new year.
- Increase no-cost child activities
Does your kid attend at least one paid child activity every week? Try cutting down on paid child activities and replace them with no-cost child activities. Here is an example of weekly paid child activities where I live:
First Week: Chuck E Cheese – $30
Second Week: CA Academy of Science Museum – $62
Third Week: Bowling – $15
Fourth Week: Trampoline park – $17
Now, look at this schedule with only one paid activity in the month.
First Week: Outdoor hike – free
Second Week: Trampoline park – $17
Third Week: Make sandcastles at the local beach – free
Fourth Week: Bike riding at the nearby trail
If you change from the first schedule to the second schedule, you save $107!
I also encourage you to start small with the goal of saving more money. Start off by trying to save $50 or $100 in January. Then re-evaluate your progress in February and increase or decrease your goal steps, depending on how January went. Continue this process throughout the following months.
Do more self-care
Some moms get mad at me when I tell them this. “Joyce, I don’t have time to do self-care!” Hey, trust me. I get it, because I’m a mom also. In fact, I’m a full-time working mom who also blogs, and it’s very hard to do any self-care on most days. I know it’s hard, but I try to get in as much self-care as possible, because I need to be strong mentally and physically for my kid. Don’t automatically dismiss having more self-care as one of your New Year’s resolution ideas. Here are some ideas for self-care:
- Get a massage
- Try acupuncture
- Watch a comedy (after the kids go to sleep)
- Go to the local gym (where they have childcare)
Try some of these strategies to incorporate more self-care into your schedule:
- Do you have a friend or family member who owes you a favor? Let them return the favor by having them watch your kid while you do some self-care.
- If you are a working mom, break up your paid time off throughout the year. Don’t use all the days in one or two blocks.
- Do you have alone time in the car to/from work? Use that time to listen to soothing music in the car.
- Arrange shared childcare with some close friends and/or family members. Perhaps, you can watch your best friend’s child one day this week and your best friend can watch your kid next week. The kids also get to play with each other. You end up knocking out two birds with one stone, which includes the play date for the kids and self-care for you.
New Year’s resolutions don’t need to be a scary thing. Consider using some of these tips to get you started for the new year.
How about you? What are your New Year’s resolution ideas for the upcoming year?