As busy moms, we struggle with wanting to make improvements and changes, but we also struggle with finding the time to DO the things we are wanting to do.
First, decide WHAT it is you want to do.
There are hundreds, thousands of things that people want to change at the beginning of this new year. Maybe yours is on this list below:
Some of these are changes you need to make in every day life. You can use other activities as triggers, or reminder if you will, to do the thing you are wanting do. For instance, when your 2 year old is trying to dress himself, you can remember that you wanted to be more patient with him. When you think of texting your friend, press the green button and call her instead.
Some, however, are specific things that you want to do on a regular basis, such as exercise, yoga, hiking, less digital, eating healthy.
To implement new habits into your life, it takes intention, planning and time.
Make an appointment with yourself
The best way to make sure that these things get done is to make appointment with yourself. Just like you would make a doctor’s appointment or an appointment with your child’s teacher. It is time to do something for YOU that is going to help YOU be a better mom, a better person, happier and healthier.
Want to write a book? Designate nap time as time to write. You’d be amazed at how much you can pound out in an hour and a half when focused! Save Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest for when you don’t have to focus so hard and can do when the kids are around.
Want to exercise? I know it is tough, but get up at least 30 minutes earlier. Whether you walk, run, bike, or do any number of workout DVDs or online, just make an appointment with yourself and DO it.
Want to eat healthier? Designate a certain time of the week to plan your meals and write your grocery list. Then, as many evenings as possible, make a date with your kitchen to get in there and prepare a healthy meal. Healthy doesn’t always take longer, but it may take a little more thought until it becomes a habit. (this is something I am working on right now!)
Need more sleep? Set a time that the computer and the TV (and the phone!) are turned off or put away. Then GO TO BED! Although some use the late evening hours to pound out work, for many of us the later evening computer time is less productive.
I love to hike, but I don’t do it near enough. This year I plan to hike once a month. I am putting the dates on the calendar and will search out the best parks and trails within a 2 hour drive from my house. I especially love hiking near water…
Here is the hard part for most of us:
You must keep your appointments!
If we have a doctor appointment or a meeting to go to, we wouldn’t think of skipping because we just didn’t feel motivated to go, or we were busy cleaning house (HA!) Make yourself a priority this year.