How Are You Doing With Those Resolutions?
by Hannah Keeley
New Year, New Rules
We’re already well into the new year and sometime around now, mamas everywhere are getting frustrated because all of those big goals they set are edging further and further away from them. Don’t let it happen! It’s never too late to set some goals and go after them or refocus on goals you set in January. If you are having a hard time sticking to your resolutions, then maybe this is the year you make some new rules.
How about these for starters?
Rule #1: Finish what you start.
This is a biggie for mamas. We tend to rush into projects without having a clue as to how we will wrap them up. I always tell my kids that there are three steps to everything. One—you get it all out. Two—you do what you need to do. Third—you put it all away. It’s that third step that tends to throw us. This year, focus on creating a habit of completion. No matter how difficult it is, finish what you start. Don’t leave that load of laundry until you fold every last thing. Don’t leave the kitchen until the dishes are put away and the counters are wiped clean. You know the deal. Yeah, I know it’s a challenge. But that’s why we’re taking this year one day at a time.
Rule #2: Set some structure.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. There’s just no getting around it. This year, let’s set some structure. Each evening, after you do your home pick-up routine, give yourself a few minutes to plan out the next day. I developed a great day planning sheet that helps me keep my sanity. Maybe it will work for you, too. But whatever you use, use something. Write down all of the things you need to do and then—here’s the trick—do them! It won’t be nearly as bad as you think it’s going to be. I guarantee.
Rule #3: Practice not so perfect success.
This has become my mantra. Many mamas are still stuck in perfection paralysis. They want everything perfect. And if they can’t do it perfectly, then by doggie, they’re not going to do it at all! You know what I’m talking about: I don’t have time to mop the whole floor, so I’m not even going to start. I don’t have time to fold all the clothes, so I’m not going to start. Go ahead and just start it. That’s the hardest part anyway. And quit trying to do it perfectly. Go ahead and spray the floor and spot mop it with some paper towels that you rub around with your foot. Don’t do all the laundry perfectly, let the kids help you out and go ahead and toss all the socks in a bin and let people match them themselves. The trick is completing it, not completing it perfectly.
Rule #4: Take shortcuts.
Shortcuts never hurt anybody. There are plenty of shortcuts available for mamas, so go ahead and use them. Instead of scheduling a hair coloring that takes a ton of time out of your schedule, go ahead and color it yourself at home. Instead of scrubbing every nook and cranny of the bathroom, just give it a quick wipe down with some cleaning wipes. Instead of cooking every single breakfast from scratch, go ahead and stock the fridge with items they can prepare themselves. Shortcuts can often be a mama’s best friend. They’re there, so use them.
Hannah Keeley was once in overwhelmed mom living in a cluttered house, deep in debt, out of shape, and barely hanging on. But one day, after finding herself sobbing uncontrollably into a pile of clean laundry, she realized God has bigger and better plans for her (just like He does for each one of His children). Beginning that day, she began making changes in her life that took her from overwhelmed to overjoyed. Today, she’s helping moms do the same. Hannah, her husband, Blair, and their seven children live in Richmond, Virginia, and are having the time of their lives!
Check out Hannah’s Website Here!