Friday, March 8, 2013

I am Motivated

Everyone has their own way of planning their day, scheduling their responsibilities and basically just getting stuff done.  Some methods work better than others - when I was in high school and college, I could do my laundry and reorganize my room at 2am, if the fancy grabbed me.  Now? Not so much. When you have a family to care for, the work load increases, your capacity to receive help (should) increase, but the head space to keep on top of everything tends to decrease.  Call it age, call it baby-brain or whatever you will, the mom-brain could do with a little help.
While coffee is a dear friend, the Motivated Moms app has been a great tool for keeping the house in order, the kids directed and my blood pressure normal.  This is essentially an all year-round household chores list.  It's got almost all of the normal chores you'd need to do pre-programmed and breaks it down into easy, daily chunks. It's customizable as well, so you can add on your own, unique jobs. MoMo allows you to categorize the jobs by room or by the person responsible for getting it done, and even has a built-in daily Bible reading feature.
We've been using this app for a couple months now, and it's been great.  The kids like checking off their jobs as they complete them, Irregular jobs are getting done more regularly, and I rarely feel overwhelmed by all there is to do because it'll get done eventually and there's no worry I'll forget. I've even cleaned our A/C filter!
As an app, the cost is more than I would usually pay, but it's been so worth it.  They've got a great 2-week free trial - a "try before you buy", if you will - that definitely hooked me.
If one of your resolutions for the new year was to get organized or you wanted to give up disorder and chaos for Lent, the MoMo app might help. It won't keep you kids from climbing the wall, though - if anyone finds that app, please let me know!

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