This week, April Perry from The Power of Moms (where the M.O.M. program comes from) did a guest post on Simple Mom titled "Eliminating the 'sticky points' of the day." She does a great job of explaining one of the main ideas behind system that I really love - the context based lists.
For example, I was at Target last night getting new socks for Addy. This definitely needed to get done this week; the weather has started cooling down and the girl needs to learn how to wear shoes and socks. Anyway, I digress. I looked at the other items on my Errands list, and I remembered I wanted to buy her another green sheet for her new bed. Booyah, two errands knocked out at one time.
One thing that has changed about how I use the system since my last update is that I've gone paperless with my lists. I'm now using Astrid, a great little task app, and so far it is working out great. The fact that I miss being able to physically cross things off on a piece of paper has been overshadowed by always having an up-to-date list wherever I am. You can access it on your phone, your iPad, or any computer through the web. And it's free.
Astrid makes it easy to use the context-based lists (as you can see on the left side of the screen shot below - this is actually from my iPad, but looks pretty much the same on my iPhone). Anything that is on my list for this week gets a due date so it will show up on the top (and also in the My Tasks list). Anything I'm not focusing on this week has no due date and shows up below the line.
Simple Mom and The Power of Moms are giving away 100 free programs to boot, so click over and check it out if you are at all interested in taking some steps to organize your never ending to-do list.
To catch up on my experiences with implementing and using the system, check these out:
- My initial post about Mind Organization for Moms talking about my experience in learning about the M.O.M. system and what I liked about it.
- My follow up post talking about a piece of the M.O.M. system, the weekly review.