How to Set New Year’s Resolutions As a Work-at-Home Mom

Mom writes New Year's Resolutions. Setting goals as a working mom.

Mom New Year’s Resolutions & Goals

Pretty soon 2020 will be greeting us! What will you do with your new year? 2019 has been one of the most transformational years for me, and as a work-at-home mom, I’ve got some pretty lofty goals for 2020.

Call me old-fashioned, but I still set resolutions in the New Year. If you do too, you’re totally welcome in my clan! So let’s talk about goal setting as a working mom or work-at-home mom.

Being a work-at-home mom has been a blessing for me. But it’s also an incredible complicated beast that I haven’t yet managed to tame. It requires patience and organization, as well as balance between my kids’ needs and my own. Being a work-at-home mom is not for the faint-hearted… okay, being a mom at all is not for the faint-hearted, whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or working mom! It’s tough.

And because life has been more complex this year, so has writing resolutions and goals for next year. I’m sure one of the key aspects to your life as a work-at-home mom is balance. Your resolutions should be no different. There needs to be balance in what you want to achieve with your work life and your home life.

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So let’s find some balance. I wanted to introduce you to my process so that goal setting for working moms or work-at-home moms is easy and balanced!

Get out a piece of paper and a pen and let’s go!

Before you set your working mom goals, start with what you already know and do

The first step is to assess where you are right now. I like using the Level 10 Life Assessment. It’s basically a circle divided 10 ways, each pie piece assigned to a different aspect of your life.

Level 10 Life Planner Page available on Etsy from Simple Joy Printables.

Those aspects are:

  • Relationship / Marriage
  • Health and Fitness
  • Career / Business
  • Family & Friends
  • Faith / Spirituality
  • Physical Environment
  • Recreation & Fun
  • Giving & Contributing
  • Finances
  • Personal Development

Rate each area 1-10 and color it in, 10 being the highest or best. Really be honest about where you think you are. The object of this isn’t to score a perfect 100, but rather, to see where any gaps might be in your life.

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Level 10 Life Planner Page available on Etsy from Simple Joy Printables.

Maybe your career is an 8, but your marriage is a 5.

Perhaps you feel strongly in personal development and friends & family, but your health is at a 4.

For me? I feel my marriage and personal development top the chart at 9s each. My finances could use some additional tending at about a 5–although I’m much more confident than I used to be, I intend to give more attention and care to our bank accounts than I did in the past.

If you don’t want to actually visualize the circle, it’s okay to write down the 10 areas and just put each one at a number between 1 and 10.

Have you done it?

Okay good! Let’s move on to the next step!

Find the weak areas

Giving & Contributing and Recreation / Fun are the low ones at about 3 right now. I am focusing on my family right now, and I have essentially no free time unless you count throwing on Great British Baking show on silent with captions while I nurse Desmond down for his nap (I don’t).

These are two areas that I may want to focus on. Additionally, choosing recreation and fun activities with my husband may boost my relationship area to a 10!

I’m struggling with giving & contributing this year. As an empath, I frequently give away my power by trying to please people around me. Thus I’ve made it a goal to actually be more selfish. I want a good self care routine and some time to myself. (That means that hubby will have to take the kids occasionally!) By filling my own cup first, I can then learn healthy ways to give to others without draining myself (or my bank account).

Make sure you also read: 23 Calm Evening Routine Ideas for Moms

You have to fill you cup. You then give away the overflowing, but you keep a cupful for yourself. -Wynonna Judd

For now, just write down those weak areas on a separate piece of paper under “Ideas for New Year’s Resolutions.”

Mine says, “Recreation & Fun” and “Giving & Contributing”.

Ready to move on?

Be clear on goals for yourself as well as goals for your little ones.

Mom Life Goals

As a work at home mom, you’re in charge of the house AND your job on top of everything personal you want to achieve.

As a mom of a toddler, I place high value on experiences, not setting goals for them. I don’t care when my toddler learns how to peddle his tricycle, but I do want to make sure he experiences building a snowman, making a gingerbread house, and playing in the rain come springtime.

Do you want to plan any experiences for your children this year? If so, jot them down under your “Ideas” column!

Mine says, “Take the kids to Disneyland” and “Have 10 new experiences with the kids”

Work Life Goals

For my job(s), I have many goals. As an independent contractor with VIPKid, my bookings, ratings, and pay are in my own hands. Therefore, I set goals to get new certifications, take workshops, and keep my profile fresh and updated.

For blogging, consistency and quality are key. I have a goal to publish approximately two articles a week next year, make 10,000 sessions, guest blog for 5 sites, and polish/write 10 more cornerstone articles that consistently receive traffic from Google.

If your job is more flexible, use your goals to give you some structure. If your job is quite structured already, use your goals to inject some creativity.

Jot down your ideas!

Mine says, “Make 10,000 Sessions on my blog” and “Update my bio & video every 3 months for VIPKid”.

Pin it for later!

Goal setting for moms. An easy process to help you balance work and kids in 2020.

Add your Priorities

We now have several ideas for leveling up different areas of your life, but have you made sure to include your priorities?

Maybe your spirituality and faith is already at a 7, but it’s an area of your life that you’d still like to enhance this next year.

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Here are a few of my priority goals:

Develop a Mindfulness Practice

This is something I have been doing religiously for about a year now. But I’d like to streamline it and enhance the weak areas. Specifically, I practice affirmations every day, but I want to add 5 minutes of deep breathing or meditation every day.

Finally publish my book

I have a lot of my book about authenticity written already… it’s a matter of finishing, branding, and publishing, which I hope to do on Kindle sometime in 2020.

Treat my dogs as part of the family

Since having two babies within a short amount of time, taking care of our two adopted dogs was too much time.

We used to take them on walks, take them hiking, go to the dog park…

Suddenly they were cooped up in the house all day. Granted, we have a lot of land for them to run around on (and get into all kinds of trouble), but it wasn’t the same.

I wanted to keep them in one part of the house so that the boys could have some space in the family room to be on the floor. Never mind that one of the dogs like to chew on toys when he finds them.

It was exactly what Lady fears, in Lady and the Tramp, when Jim Dear and Darling get pregnant.

I feel bad for them, but my priorities lie with my children first. Now that the youngest is almost crawling, I think it might be time to loosen the leash, so to speak.

Jot it down!

Mine says, “Develop a mindfulness practice,” “Apply for a premium ad company” and “Treat the dogs as part of the family.”

Know what you can control and what you can’t

As someone who is type A, perfectionist, and constantly driving toward my goals, it’s easy to get wrapped up in things I can’t control.

I CAN control the experiences my toddler gets. I CAN’T control when he learns to speak in full sentences.

I CAN control my site speed. I CAN’T control exactly how many people visit my site.

I CAN control how I chose to respond in a difficult situation. I CAN’T avoid difficult situations altogether.

This is important to keep in mind as you go through your goals. If there is something that you want which is out of your control, what kinds of things can you control to help get you to that goal?

Look over your “Ideas” column. Is there anything on it that you can’t control?

Mine now looks like this:

Recreation & Fun
Giving & Contributing
Take the kids to Disneyland
Have 10 new experiences with the kids
Make 10,000 Sessions on my blog in 1 month.
Update my bio & video every 3 months for VIPKid
Develop a mindfulness practice
Publish my book on Kindle
Treat the dogs as part of the family

Honestly, I may not be able to control whether I can apply to a premium ad company, but there ARE actionable steps I can take to ensure that I make it, so I’m leaving it on!

Reassess: Is there anything that’s not SMART-Goal worthy?

New Year’s Resolutions are notoriously vague.

Who else has ever written this as a New Year’s Resolution: “Lose Weight” or “Be kinder” or “Read more books”.

And how’d that go for you?!

Make sure yours are SMART goals to really set yourself up for success.

Mom New Year’s Resolutions. Goal setting for working moms should always be SMART goals. SMART Goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.

Take a look at the goals you set and determine if there’s anything that doesn’t fall under a SMART goal. For mine, “Take the kids to Disneyland” is a fine goal, but it’s lacking on the “Measurable” and “Achievable” qualifiers. It’s only measure of success is that you actually go. Sure it’s achievable, but is it really worthy of being set as one of your goals? Probably not.

Mine now looks like this:

Recreation & Fun
Giving & Contributing
Take the kids to Disneyland
Have 10 new experiences with the kids
Make 10,000 Sessions on my blog
Update my bio & video every 3 months for VIPKid
Develop a mindfulness practice
Publish my book on Kindle
Treat the dogs as part of the family

Turn them into SMART Goals

If there’s anything on your list not specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, or timely, transform it. Get specific, reword it, and add time words.

Mine now looks like this:

Recreation & Fun Go rock climbing or hiking with hubby once per month.
Giving & Contributing Reassess if I’ve been selfish with my personal energy once per week.
Take the kids to Disneyland
Have 10 new experiences with the kids.
Make 10,000 Sessions on my blog Increase and maintain my blog speed to minimum of 80 on both mobile and desktop.
Update my bio & video every 3 months for VIPKid.
Develop a mindfulness practice. Write affirmations & do 5 minutes of deep breathing daily.
Publish my book on Kindle by January 2021.
Treat the dogs as part of the family. Include the dogs in family activities, play, and walks 2-3 times a week.

Pick one goal to be your New Year’s Resolution!

As a Work-at-home mom, my children’s happiness is my first focus! I want:

Have 10 new experiences with the kids

to be my main new year’s resolution!

Personally, for that single New Year’s Resolution, I want to achieve that 100%. There is no reason that I can’t do 10 new things with the children… it’s just one thing per month, with the exception of 2 months. I can even go so far as to write down ideas or actually PLAN out 1 activity for every month.

I will still work toward the others, but if I want to succeed at anything, this would be it!

Decide what success looks like for your other goals

Here are my other goals for 2020:

  1. Go rock climbing or hiking with hubby once per month.
  2. Reassess if I’ve been selfish with my personal energy once per week.
  3. Increase and maintain my blog speed to minimum of 80 on both mobile and desktop.
  4. Update my bio & video every 3 months for VIPKid.
  5. Write affirmations & do 5 minutes of deep breathing daily.
  6. Publish my book on Kindle by January 2021.
  7. Include the dogs in family activities, play, and walks 2-3 times a week.

For these other goals, I will be extremely happy if I succeed 80% of the time.

For monthly goals: 80% = approximately 10/12 months
For weekly goals: 80% = approximately 42/52 weeks
For daily goals: 80% = 292/365 days (or about 24 days a month)

For single items, like “Publish my book on Kindle”, there is only success or progress. (I don’t believe in failure. Failure is a stepping stone to success.)

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. -Henry Ford

Collect some affirmations to rocket you toward working mom success!

I love affirmations. Words are SO powerful, and the words we tell ourselves on a regular basis become the foundation for how we treat ourselves.

Personally, I want to BELIEVE that I can achieve all of these goals, so I write affirmations to remind myself that I am, indeed, powerful.

I’m not sure what your Work-at-Home Mom 2020 New Year’s Resolutions are, but here are some ideas to get you started!

Affirmations for Health and Fitness
Affirmations Inspired by Dr. Joe Dispenza (Mindset & Meditation guru)

Follow me on Pinterest for a HUGE library of affirmations!

Start your year with a kick ass planner system!

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As a work-at-home, it is incredibly important to stay organized.

Not to toot my own horn, but I do have an amazing planner that can help you reassess your goals every 3 months and make sure you’re on track. It even includes those affirmations you just collected above, and a place to write down your goals EVERY DAY to make sure you stay focused.

Yes, I write down my BIG GOALS every day.

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Mom New Year’s Resolutions & Goals

Look at your mom New Year’s resolutions.

How do you feel about your resolution and goals? Overwhelmed? Confident?

Hopefully you’re feeling good and think these are achievable for you within a year. Setting goals as a working mom can help keep balance in various areas of your life, which is so important. Resolutions provide that opportunity for assessment, reflection, and developing a plan for the future!

Also read: How to Follow Through with Your New Year’s Resolution

Personally, I develop MANY more goals than these few. I am slightly addicted to personal development.

Take this process and adapt it as it works for you! I hope you find happiness and success in the New Year!

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7 thoughts on “How to Set New Year’s Resolutions As a Work-at-Home Mom”

  1. I’m a resolution girl myself so this post was right up my alley. What I’m not though, this level organized! I love how you mapped everything out. I think it would make it so much easier to try to stick to a resolution with a solid plan in place like you have here. The Level 10 life assessment is totally speaking to me because I’m a visual person. Ill have to check out more on that!

    1. I love level 10 life because it maps everything out and you can easily visualize how to make your life more in balance!

  2. Such a smart way to go about planning for the new year. Mindfulness is a BIG one for me as well. I hope to get on track with my goal planning soon.

  3. Setting achievable goals is a priority. So many times I hear people disillusioned because their goals are unattainable. making small steps steps is better than never achieving a too ambitious goal. Thanks for sharing.

    1. As a teacher, I would always make it a priority to set my students up for success–we should do the same with ourselves! Also, progress is huge. Small steps can really add up.

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