Ready to take on the New Year?
Now that Christmas is behind us, we must quickly switch gears. It’s time to reflect on the previous year and the year ahead. No matter what 2016 looked like for you, 2017 offers a year full of possibilities. After all of the Christmas madness, I am taking this week to refocus and find some New Year’s Goals Inspiration and set my goals for 2017.
When I reflect on 2016, I know what areas of my life I was lacking in and what areas I would like to improve on in 2017. I’m not one to make blanket New Year’s resolution statements but I do set some New Year’s goals for myself privately, except for sharing with you guys of course!
This year I plan to:
- Focus on my relationships by being more present
2. Put a system in place for managing my home and family
3. Organize the trouble spots in my house
These are kind of vague goals but I know in my heart where I want to be in each area I just need the plan to get there. When I’m looking at the new year ahead of me, I have the power to decide to make changes to meet my New Year’s goals or not change and have the same outcomes I do now. It’s my choice and my choice alone.
How I choose my goals for 2017
Bear with me as I try to explain how my brain works.
Being more organized will help me be more productive, but more importantly feel more productive daily. Raising a toddler and infant tends to leave me drained and feel defeated by the state of my home most days. If I can work on small organization or productivity goals throughout the year I can help myself feel more accomplished on a daily basis, and in turn be a better wife, mother, and friend. Improving my relationships also includes being more present in the time I spend with my family and friends.
I know that working on having a system in place will allow me to focus more on the time with my family and friends. It will require me having time away from them to work uninterrupted on getting some organization in place upfront but should provide a system I can continue with less time commitment moving forward. Or that is my hope at least!
Being a work at home, stay at home mom can make you a little stir crazy. I see the same couple of rooms all day everyday and get used to the piles and messes. I struggle with feeling the need to clean while I am trying to work or spend time with my kiddos. A clean house would make me feel more focused in all areas of my life but it also takes time away from those other areas. Finding the balance on this is HARD and I really want to figure out what works best for me and my home this year.
To find inspiration, to help meet my goals, I have turned to some of my blogging buddies. These ladies have some wonderful posts that I have found inspiring in a variety of ways. When I was deciding on which posts to include I wanted posts that relate to organization and productivity for moms. These posts help you get the motivation and inspiration you need no matter what your goals are for the year or what your mom status is (WAHM, SAHM, Working mom, Lost her mind mom, Close to running away mom, etc.)
Ali at Kids and a Biz (who happens to by my blogging bff!) is all about helping moms start a business from home while still being a mom to small children. Now even if you aren’t starting a business, her tips can help you to be productive during naptime to get your house in order.
She suggested the Pomodoro method to me and I have been using it to help keep me focused on the task at hand. It has worked wonders for me and my productivity (When I remember to use it of course!)
Organization Project Inspiration
Heather at Happy Humble Home has her act together! Her money story is truly inspirational, but I am always impressed by her simple solutions to make life better.
If clutter and stuff is weighing you down, completing a quick organization project will make you feel on top of the world, and your junk. Her project for organizing owner’s manuals is simple, quick, and will free up that junk drawer in your kitchen in no time. Helping you feel more organized and accomplished will help you find time to reach your New Year’s Goals!
Life Audit Journal
Payton at A Hopeful Happenstance has you covered this New Year’s if you are needing to really dig in to get focused for the year. She has created a printable life audit guided journal.
I downloaded my copy and plan to sit with it this week to determine where I really am right now and decide where it is I need to go. A little guidance goes a long way when trying to reflect this deeply! My mom brain needs the little line rails like checkouts have to keep me focused so I don’t get off course (because my brain is usually in 100 places at once.)
Jasmine at Love Life Laugh Motherhood has a great post on how she overcomes her lack of motivation in motherhood. These tips can apply to so many areas of life but she shares some great tips she uses to “trick” herself into feeling motivated.
I especially love her idea about Pinterest being motivation by seeing the end product. I need to try this one more often! But I’m not sure I can limit my Pinteresting to a few minutes 😉
Goal Setting Tips
Kristie at CEO Mom does great inspiring podcasts to help the business mom. But like most of these posts her tips can help any mom meet their goals for the year!
This podcast focuses on setting your goals for the upcoming year in a realistic way. She provides her honest answers about her own life to help you be honest when setting your own goals! PLUS, you can easily listen to her podcast in the car while stuck in traffic!
New Year’s Resolutions From Other Moms
Bernadette at Mom + Carrot did a roundup of New Year’s resolutions from other mom bloggers. Reading through everyone’s resolutions I realized that when it comes down to it all moms are striving for the same things. We just go about it a little differently and want it for different reasons. We all know we need to be more present in our families lives but what that means for each of us can differ greatly.
If you need help setting your goals, Bernadette also has a printable for you to set your goals with!
New Year’s Goals Organizer Printable Freebie!
As a former elementary school teacher, I love graphic organizers. One of my favorites was the 5 w’s and an H organizer (Who, what, where, when, why, & how). I used it in all subjects as it helped my students dig deeper into a book or topic by having to answer these questions in detail.
Naturally, thinking about these 6 questions can help with any topic to increase understanding. Why not apply it to New Year’s Goals?
Download your copy today and let me know what you think!
Remember you can print the blank copy as often as you have new goals! Enjoy!
And if nothing else inspired you, this will help you with your New Year’s Goals Inspiration…