This year is going to be different. In the years gone by, you may have made a lot of resolutions. Some you may have kept, but more than likely you did not follow through with most of them. As you have gotten older, wiser, and busier, you may find yourself not wanting to make the same mistakes with your New Year’s resolutions this year. In fact, you may be thinking of skipping the tradition all together. This year, however, is the perfect time for you to make some “new” New Year’s resolutions. Instead of making your already busy life busier or pressuring yourself to be the perfect wife and mother, why not change your thinking and your life with some easy resolutions for the super mom. Yes super mom –— that’s you!
Easy New Year’s Resolutions to Simplify Your Life
This year I resolve to create an easy daily routine I can live with.
You may manage to get the kids fed, dressed and ready for the day without having a great daily routine but you may find the morning chaos leaves you feeling frazzled and exhausted. Getting yourself and your kids into an easy daily routine will not only simplify your life but it will cut down on arguments, stress and leave you feeling better about yourself. Here is an example of a very easy daily routine that any busy mom can do. Morning: make your bed, wipe down the bathroom, and take something out for dinner. Evening: get everyone’s clothes, shoes, etc. set out for the next day, give the kids a bath, brush teeth, and put them to bed, and make sure the kitchen is clean before bed time.
This year I resolve to get fit and healthy the easy way.
Last year you may have tried the membership to the gym or maybe purchased a treadmill or piece of exercise equipment for yourself. Of course, you would love to have time for going to the gym or getting in a great workout at home. You want this year to be different right? Well there is no reason you can’t get fit and healthy without all the fuss. Resolve to start doing mini-workouts. Try to fit in a mini-workout or two as often as you can. Some ideas for mini-workouts are dancing with the kids, tightening your stomach muscles on your drive to work, or a walk after dinner. You can also do some mini strength training workouts with hand weights or using your body for resistance. Even doing a light fifteen minute workout a few times a week will help you get in shape and stay healthy. You don’t have to make exercise a chore. Just fit in some type of exercise into your daily routine and keep it simple
This year I resolve to eat more meals at home.
If you are a busy mom you probably end up eating out more often than you would like. This is not the most healthy way to eat and you may be adding to some of your financial stress by eating out all the time. This year resolve to make cooking easier. Now this may go against some of the frugal living tips you may have heard but sometimes spending less isn’t really costing you less. When you go grocery shopping, think about what is convenient and easy for you. You may end up paying a little more for groceries by buying meals that are easier to prepare, but this is still cheaper than eating out. What a lot of busy moms tries to do is to go out and buy all the right foods for a healthy meal but then they get so busy they don’t actually cook the healthy meals. The food spoils, or ends up not being used in the meal as planned, and then what, you didn’t save money or eat healthier. So this year resolve to make your cooking easier. Find several easy recipes that you like and that are easy to cook and shop for meals that are convenient for your busy life.
This year I resolve to make better decisions with my money.
You may be tempted to make this year’s New Year’s resolution to get out of debt. You are probably already working toward this goal, and this year, your resolutions are going to be easy ones. Ones you can keep. Getting out of debt is a big goal and it isn’t something you can necessarily do quickly. You didn’t get into debt overnight so getting out of it may just take some time. This year, though, you can make some changes that will help you from diving deeper into debt and help you to start preparing for a better life in the future. Instead of focusing on getting out of debt commit this year focusing on not creating more debt.
This year I resolve to stop over-scheduling.
In your attempt to be a great mom, you take your kids to soccer, dance, gymnastics, go to the parent-teacher meetings, and juggle all the responsibilities that you have at your job. That is enough to make anybody cranky and stressed out. At the end of the day, although you worked hard all day, you may feel like nothing was accomplished. You didn’t have time to sit down all day, yet you got nothing done around the house, dinner was served out of a paper bag, and your kids barely had time to tell you about their day. Take this year to commit to spending more time with your family and say no to over-scheduling.