Single Moms: Take Control and Move Forward in 2019

Success: The accomplishment of an aim or purpose. You want it. You deserve it. You can have it, whether “it” means getting a promotion at work or a slimmed-down body for the summer. The first step in getting there involves setting goals, which not only helps you navigate the road to happiness and fulfillment but also live life to the fullest.

Some of those goals are strictly up to you. You’ve got your own challenges and circumstances to deal with that other people wouldn’t understand. However, there are some that work for any single mom, no matter where they’re from or what they do. Here are a few ways to keep things in your life on track as the new year goes by.

Get Yourself Organized

Getting organized refers to your home, your workspace, and your thoughts. Yes, your thoughts can be arranged and put neatly into categories, which is particularly useful for a person with a lot of responsibilities like you, a single mother. the Order Expert has 17 ways to accomplish this task, including lists, mind maps, and even pie charts. 

Up Your Fitness Game

Exercise is good for your mental health as well as your physique. As a busy single mom, it’s not always easy to get to the gym, so you’d better make the most of your home. The garage, basement or spare room make excellent spaces for your workout, and you need little more than a jump rope, dumbbells, and a yoga mat, none of which costs a fortune.

Learn Something New

When you decide to learn something new, focus on something that would help you as a parent, a professional, or both. If you’re wondering what that could mean, Fast Company has the answer. Skills that make you better and more efficient at home and work include strategic thinking, time management, and collaboration.

Take a Step Forward Professionally

Apply the new skill you’ve learned to move up. This could mean getting a raise, earning a promotion, pursuing a side hustle, or even starting your own business. Money is not everything, but a little extra cash certainly makes parenting a bit easier.

Find New Ways to Manage Stress

Managing your stress and anxiety is crucial to achieving the rest of your goals, as living in a constant state of panic can be overwhelming and nullify the possibility of making progress on practical matters. That’s why healthy ways of relaxing, such as taking a warm bath or reading a book, should be part of your schedule. It’s one thing to set goals for yourself, but it’s another to stay focused on self-improvement throughout the year after the initial enthusiasm has worn off. 

Here are a few methods to stay motivated.

  • Remember Why

It’s important to remember why you should reach your full potential and give your kids the upbringing they deserve. This is what you need to tell yourself whenever you’re wondering why you’re pushing toward self-improvement.

  • Visualize Success

Once you’ve achieved your goals, what will you be like? Picture that in your head whenever the going gets tough and you don’t feel like exercising, studying, or planning a weekend getaway with the kids.

  • Make It Fun

This rule can easily be applied to exercise. Choose an activity that you enjoy — and there are hundreds to choose from. That way, getting up and moving your body won’t seem like a chore, and you’ll be less likely to skip your workouts.

  • Celebrate Achievements

The road to your goals will be marked with little victories along the way, each of which is a step ahead. So, reward yourself when that happens. It strengthens your positive attitude and gives you an extra reason to keep on keeping on.

  • Ask for Help

Don’t be afraid to ask friends, family, and colleagues for some support or a word of advice when you find yourself in a bind. They may know how to get unstuck so you don’t lose too much momentum — and that’s more important than your pride.

If you apply these tips and tricks to your life over the source of 2019, there will be a new you waiting when 2020 finally rolls around. Not that different, really —  just smarter, fitter, and more confident. Are you ready to make that happen? Then get started!

By Amanda Henderson

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