Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mind Organization for Moms {giveaway}


Do you ever feel like your brain is so full of "to-dos" that you don't get to enjoy the things you've actually done?  In our culture we are constantly bombarded with stuff to take care of: bills to pay; errands to run; messes to clean; home, work and personal projects; books we want to read; activities and schoolwork for our children, projects we want to complete in the future, etc.  Managing everything that comes our way can be overwhelming.

I am all about minimizing my commitments.  In order to make time for the things I love I say no to a lot of opportunities, which is really hard for me.  I want to be involved in organizations that promote my passions.  I don't want to miss out on anything.  But when I say yes to too much I am not able to fulfill all of my commitments to the best of my ability.

What about the things we can't (or won't) say no to?  Even if our lives are very simplified we still need to manage a lot of paperwork and tasks in various forms: emails, voice mails, text messages, children's schedules, volunteer positions, work inside and outside the home, and the list goes on and on.


I recently discovered  Power of Moms and their incredible program called Mind Organization for Moms (M.O.M.), organized by April Perry. I was already using bits and pieces of this program on my own, but I was missing some key ingredients to make my system work. The way M.O.M. brings all of my to-do lists together, with rhythms and systems to review the lists and verify that progress is being made, is just what I needed to make our home -and my brain- run much more smoothly.

I implemented this system in our home almost a month ago.  It has taken me a little while to figure out what works best for me, but I think I'm finally there and I'm so excited to share it with you!

I've always thought I was more of a paper-and-pen girl, so I began this program using it exactly the way they describe, with only papers and files.  But I quickly found that didn't work best for my brain.  So I set aside a block of time to organize my system in Evernote.  I keep all of my files and long-term lists in Evernote and my weekly Next Actions are kept on paper, in my planner. Each week when I sit down to review my goals, upcoming events and actions that need to occur soon I write them on one context-based list in my planner.

A look at my Current Projects Notebook on Evernote.

I've found that I really like this mash-up approach of technology and paper.  I have certain blocks of time during the day (usually 8am to noon and 5:30pm til bedtime) when I turn my phone completely off.  I wanted to preserve that distraction-free time, which is why I keep the list of items on which I'm currently working written on paper.

My Immediate Next Actions list.


What I like about Mind Organization for Moms:

  • It provides a way to organize all the different aspects of my life and gives me one to-do list to work from each week.
  • It is helping me on my journey to become more deliberate in my relationships with my children and my husband.
  • I don't feel like I'm constantly forgetting something.
  • I love that ideas for future projects are not intermingled with items I'm currently working on.  This used to drive me crazy, making me feel like I wasn't accomplishing everything I wanted to.
  • I am getting more done but I don't feel overwhelmed with all the projects I'm working on.
  • I find myself looking forward to my weekly review, knowing it will allow me to be more efficient, have more time to devote to my family and other things I love, and make progress on my goals.
  • My time management is improving.
  • One feature of the program that I love is the additional videos and support materials.  April walks us through her weekly review, how to deal with a backlog (after vacations, etc.) and gives many, many examples and methods for processing all the information that comes into our lives.
One of my lucky readers is going to win the full Mind Organization for Moms program! Enter here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway










If you do not want to wait to see if you've won, you can purchase M.O.M. here or check out Power of Moms free ecourse Master the Whirlwind, 

I've also recently started listening to the Power of Moms podcast.  I find it so inspiring and chock full of fantastic ideas.

I am so grateful for the peace of mind and inspiration to live more intentionally I have received as I've implemented this program. I can't wait to see what a difference it makes for you!

I was given a free membership to Mind Organization for Moms in exchange for posting this review, however, all opinions are my own.  Links in this post may be affiliate links.


23 comments:

  1. I'd like to enter the giveaway, but I'm not on Facebook. The ecourse sounds really interesting and I liked your review. I also like how you decided to "unplug" during certain hours of the day.

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    1. Natalie, I'd like for you to be able to enter, too. I completely respect your decision not to be on Facebook. I have a back and forth relationship myself :) Will you please email me (use the mail button above) and we can try to work something out?

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  2. cleaning up to start with is the hardest part about getting organized. Where am I going to keep my lists? Not there.. it's already a pile... not over there... it needs to be sorted, and so on...argh.

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    1. Oh, I know that feeling. I'm happy to say that I have no more piles right now. Just one inbox! It's liberating. Best wishes!

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  3. I would love to win this! I have been need some help being more efficient with my time (homeschooling mom with little kids). Great giveaway!

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    1. Thanks, Alicen! Good luck to you!

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  4. I would love to win! I already do Pom

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    1. I'm glad to find another Power of Moms fan. Good luck!

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  5. I would love to try this...I feel like I'm constantly trying something new to start on top of things!

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    1. I know what you mean, Aubrey. That's why I waited a while to post this. I love researching and starting new systems, but my follow-through has been a problem in the past. I needed to use the system for a while to know if I could maintain it long-term. So far it's been a really good fit. Good luck!

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  6. I've been wanting to try this out! Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for your entry, Robin. Good luck!

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  7. I am always happy to come across the blog of someone I know but didn't know they wrote a blog. I am familiar with this program. It is pretty great.

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  8. Oh, I just saw that I was supposed to comment on the hardest thing to staying organized. Children. End of story. At least a my house. :) Oh and one more. Being too loyal to stuff. We have a hard time throwing things away.

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    1. So true! It was much easier to keep the house tidy before those little feet started pattering around. It's a good thing they're so dang fun! :)

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  9. Staying consistent in the every day things.

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    1. I hear you! This is something I am still working on. I still haven't found the perfect solution for me yet.

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  10. I veritably burn with intensity when an idea is new. After that? It's like it never existed... (sorry about the above delete - didn't check to see who was signed in, heh)

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    1. I totally get that, Sally! New ideas are SO fun!

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  11. I have trouble with follow-through. I'll start a system, but quickly get bored with it or just find the "next new thing" and try that out instead of following through with what I'm doing.

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    1. I'm right there with you, Sarah! This has been working well for me so far, though. It's encouraging!

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  12. Definitely need to try this.

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  13. Definitely need to try this.

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