Last year, we came together to share our working mom resolutions. We decided that we are going to be bringing it back again this year, and we’d love for you to participate. On Monday, December 31st, we will post what all of our Resolutions are for the new year and we’d love for you to link up so we can see what’s on your working momma mind. We will also have a new badge you can snag to add to your posts.
I thought the best way to get Working Mom Resolutions going again, would be to share with you what mine where from last year and reflect on how I did.
1. Get more organized. I’m thinking my new MomAgenda planner will help with that.
Well, I gave the whole MomAgenda thing a try. It worked, then I spilled water in my bag and it got all warped. Sigh. But then I started using my phone calendar a lot more and I just recently added my work Outlook Exchange to my phone so that my work calendar can be on my phone. I really really really didn’t want work email on my phone so that I had a better separation of home and work, but it was the only way to do it so I could have easy access to work meetings. I mean on a Sunday, if I have a 7am meeting on Monday, I’d like to not forget about that.
2. Exercise more. This isn’t for the sake of losing weight, but more so to help with my energy levels and stress levels and helping me sleep better too.
YES! I did this. All of it. And lost weight too boot! I work out at least 4 times a week and I instantly began feeling better with energy and I’ve been getting a ton more sleep. Also, look back at 2011, staying up till 11 or 12 on some nights and realize how crazy I was, especially when I’m up every morning at 5:30. It’s a ripple effect, really. Exercising leads to more energy, more restful sleep, and weight loss. I’m down 16 pounds in 7 months. Slow and steady.
3. Get better at knowing when to take a step away and relax. I take on a lot and can get overwhelmed a lot.
I’ve gotten better at this. Like some days I leave work with things piled up on my desk. Some weekends I don’t get all my grading done. Some days at work I walk away from stressful situations, and tell myself, this too shall pass. I don’t do all of these things all the time, but I’m way better about it.
4. Stop pushing grading aside. In the long run, procrastinating only causes more stress and anxiety.
I’m laughing at this thinking about how I just wrote above that some days I don’t get all the grading done on the weekends and I’m OK with it. But really, I’m not having to take as much grading home in the long run because I’m being better about my time at school. Perhaps this is due to the fact that g-chat is now blocked. Hmmmm.
5. Work on relieving anxiety. And I’m thinking working on 1-4 will help with this a ton.
I would have to say that I’ve had a bunch less anxiety since I began focusing on health and fitness. I’ve had less anxiety since I’ve worked to be better organized. I’ve had less anxiety knowing that I’m just doing the best I can and that’s got to be good enough.
Overall, I’d say I’m doing well with last year’s Working Mom Resolutions. Now to dig down deep and come up with some new ones. I hope you will join use this year and link up your own. The link up will by live on Monday, December 31st, but please don’t hesitate to do your posts earlier and come back to link up. We all know how crazy the holiday season can get.