January 1 starts a new calendar year, a clean slate, and a fresh start! Creating a set of goals and resolutions for the upcoming year is a time honored tradition. If you struggle with slacking as a mom and want to do better, here are eight easy goals to help the highly distractible mom. From ditching Facebook to finding your keys, you can lessen your stress and enjoy more quality time with your family.
1. Skip Time Wasters
Making the most of your time is essential, but poor time management can make it or break it for a slacker mom. Nothing kills a healthy ambition like television, surfing the web, or a couple hours on Facebook. Skip the time wasters for a designated time and see how much more you can get accomplished each day.
2. Pick Small, Easy Projects
Start with some easy crafts, or simple activities that you can tackle without a lot of expense or stress. Make some sock puppets, or just spend some time coloring with your child. If you find it hard to make a habit of this, set aside some time every day- even if it’s just 20 minutes, where you will enjoy an activity or reading a book with your kids.
3. Find a Family Hobby
Consider a family activity, such as geocaching, a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to find and hide containers, that you can bond over. Even just instilling a board game night with your family once a week or once a month, will give you a designated time and place to focus on your priorities. Find an interest your children have, and explore it together. You could also explore a topic in science, history, drama or art.
4. Try to Arrive Early to Everything
Aim to arrive everywhere at least half an hour (or an hour, depending on how much you are slacking) early. Set your clocks if you need to remind yourself, and use the alarms on things like your cell phone to remind you to pack up and get out the door. This will help you arrive on time to things and help you feel more on top of things. If you start accomplishing this feat, keep things on hand in the car, such as books or short games, that you can enjoy with your kids during the extra, prepared moments you have won for yourself.
5. Tackle a Specific Problem
Are you always loosing your keys? Create a designated place for them and make your goal for the entire year be to put them (and your cell phone, purse, and anything else you have to have to leave the house) in your new spot each and every day. Are you always out of clean towels? Always out of toilet paper? Run out of dog food when you need it? Whatever your smallest stress that is your biggest reoccurrence, tackle it.
6. Stop Comparing Yourself
Most importantly, stop comparing yourself to other moms. This is discouraging and useless. You’ll never get to where you want to be if you are trying to be someone else. It’s great to improve ourselves or work on areas of personal weakness, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep up with the imaginary illusion of “Super-Mom”. It doesn’t exist, so stop chasing it. Instead of focusing your energy on comparing yourself to others and worrying about how you measure up… kick those insecurities to the curb, throw in a load of laundry and sit down with your kids for some good old fashion knock-knock jokes. You’ll have a wonderful year ahead because of it.