Mom Tips: How To Get Things Done, Pt. 2

By March 21, 2011Be Productive

A Little Story About a Doll…

This past year, my 6 year old saved her money for a relatively expensive item: An American Girl Doll.

She worked hard doing little chores and saving her allowance. After many months, she finally had enough. So our entire family had a special night out for her. We went to the American Girl store, she picked out her doll and we all ate at the restaurant.

She was so proud. We were so proud.

She just as easily could have blown all that money on the Target $1 section. She could have a collection of broken toys that she cares nothing about. She could have spent all that money on candy and after 5 minutes of chewing have nothing to show for all her hard work.

But instead, our entire family has a memory and she has a doll she loves that she could very well pass on to her own children someday.

A testament of her hard work and perseverance toward a goal.

What This Story Has To Do With To Do Lists

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Most people use a to do list to get things done, but having a to do list without having a goal is like driving without a destination. It uses up your energy and you never get anywhere.

There is an infinite amount of stuff we can put on our to do list, but our goal isn’t just to do stuff. Our goal is to fulfill Gods purpose for us.

So before we talk about how to use our to do lists let’s quickly discuss mission statements and goals.

Yay! Aren’t you so excited?!

1. Mission Statements

Moms need mission statements just as much as businesses do. We could spend 100% of our time cleaning up messes and never teach kindness or how to make a mean grilled cheese sandwich.

Just as with money, you can spend time or invest it.

If you have a mission statement, you know where to invest your time.

If you don’t have a Mission Statement yet, I encourage you to download the free eBook – Mission Statements for Moms and write your first draft. You can (and should) tweak it later, but for now, just get something down on paper.

2. Yearly Goals

Based on your mission statement, what are your goals for this year? Just outline one goal for each section of your statement. It is vital that you keep things focused and simple.

You can think of Mission Statements, Goals and To Do Lists like an ever narrowing funnel, taking broad hopes and channeling them into small doable tasks.

3. Pareto’s Principle

There is an economic idea called Pareto’s Principle. It states that 20 percent of a country’s citizens provide 80 percent of it’s income.

This law has popularly been applied to productivity. 20 percent of what you do provides 80 percent of the results.

The Framework For a To Do List

What mission statements and goals do is provide a framework for your to do lists to help you identify that 20 percent so that you’re not spending you day doing the 80 percent things that have little return.

Having a clear purpose narrows your focus and only allows those tasks that will be stepping stones to your goals.

The majority of your tasks should correlate back to one of these life vision elements. If a task doesn’t correlate back, you should seriously question whether it actually needs to be on your list.

Coming Up…

Come back on Wednesday when we’ll talk about the nitty gritty details of to do lists.

Riveting like the Dewey Decimal system, I know. But do try to get some sleep between now and then. Mmmmk?

Update: Read The Rest of the Series…

1. Tips for Moms: How To Get Things Done
2. Mom Tips: How To Get Things Done, Pt. 2
3. Mom Tips: How To Get Things Done, Pt. 3
4. Mom Tips: Routines vs Tasks – Why You Need To Know The Difference
5. How To Be Awesome

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  • Amanda says:

    Great post! I never really thought about having a mission statement to help steer my goals in the right direction, but I’m going to start one now.

  • Jenn says:

    Goal for 2011 – speak scripture to my kiddos each day and talk openly with them about Jesus and how he changes our daily life.

  • Jenn Yates says:

    I love your blog! It has really inspired me in so many ways. One of my goals for 2011 is to be in the moment. So often I am caught up in the mundane everyday tasks that I miss the little things my kids do that are priceless!

  • Lisa H says:

    One of my 2011 goals is to enrich my kids time in the Word, through daily quiet times and fun Bible lessons.

  • Christy says:

    To make a list of one thousand gifts from God by new years eve. 🙂

  • Joelyn says:

    My goal for 2011 has to do with my “One Word” which is HONOR. I’m learning how to honor my husband better, and honor God as I began this year as a SAHM.

  • To become more consistent in modeling grace to my beloved family…

  • Rachael says:

    My goal is to become more faithful at getting up before my kids to enjoy time with my Savior before the day carries me away.

  • Ginny says:

    One goal I have for 2011 is to get a will in place. Not fancy (the will or the goal) but something that will give me quite a bit of peace of mind!

  • Aimee says:

    One goal I have for 2011 is to be better about making time to have my quiet time. Things get SO crazy around our house at times and it makes me sad that THAT is always the first thing to go. In my heart I know things would seem less “crazy” if I made time with Him my #1 priority…so that’s my goal! 🙂

  • Jennifer says:

    One goal I have for the year is to lose weight – so I can be a healthy mom to my two girls!

  • Courtney says:

    One goal I have for this year (inspired by you!) is to drink more water. You said something one time about staying hydrated as an instant mood lifter, and that is so right! Thanks for the chance to win this CD – been really curious about it!

  • Daphne says:

    One of my goals is to set up and maintain a daily routine since I work from home and my hubby applied to work from home.

  • Reba says:

    My goal for the year is to lose weight! 15 lbs. down about 70 more to go! (Slow but steady wins the race!) Thanks Kat, for what you wrote about productivity and the 20 %! That is so helpful to me as I have had an idea that it worked that way but couldn’t figure out exactly what it was about my efforts that sometimes seemed to bring results and sometimes didn’t. It is clearer now and that is a good starting point!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I think this will be a lifetime goal but I am starting this year: to teach my kids to ask for things politely and then wait patiently for the response. And its a good reminder for us adults too-dealing with customer service, our family and the Lord!

  • Rebecca says:

    One goal I have is to bring organization and peace to the clutter in our home. 🙂

  • Shonda says:

    One of my goals is to clean up all the hotspots in my house. This helps me better focus my world on what is important and I really want to write a mission statement too!

  • Susan says:

    My goal for 2011 is to be a better family childcare provider and also to get rid of all the clutter and give it away so someone else can use it. Susan

  • Elizabeth says:

    One of my big goals for the year 2011 is to start actively pursuing my certification as a lactation consultant. It has been something I have contemplated doing for years. This year I have really felt God saying “this is the time”. There are soooo many hurdles for me to get over, and so many challenges, not least of which is to make sure I continue to devote myself to raising my children well. It is a daunting step forward, but that is my goal for this year!

  • Kel says:

    A goal I have for 2011 is to be intentional in what I do. I need to not just fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants anymore, but really concentrate on what is best for my family.

  • janet says:

    would love for my son to save for a lego he wants. want to see that look on his face.

  • I want to use some time today (when it’s given me!) to look at my mission statement in terms of goals for the year. One goal I have is memorizing Colossians two verses a week, but I’m 6 verses behind as of this week! (Can I do 6 in a week, or 4 each for two weeks?) Thanks for consistent encouragement, Kat!

  • Sarah says:

    Just pick one goal!?! This one I know will impact everything else.
    Read through the ESV Study Bible (incl. all notes) in one year.

  • One goal that I have for this year is to write more consistently via my blog. More content posts.

  • Jenn says:

    One goal I have for 2011 is to have a weekly family night where we teach the kids something about God in a fun way.

  • Merrilee says:

    My goal had been to start getting up earlier so that I could do devotions. It worked for a week or two and then it didn’t. My husband is back to helping me get up earlier, which is happening. But now I need to add devotions in.

  • Amber Ranew says:

    One goal I have for 2011 is to spend more quality time with my children teaching them God’s Word.

  • Ally says:

    Not only pray during a quiet time everyday, but pray during my day. That is a hard one for me.

    And practically and spiritually prepare my household/motherhood for baby #2.

  • Katrina says:

    One goal for this year is to KEEP decluttering. I’ve been steadily clearning out “stuff” and want to continue to do so.

  • My goal is to be ever in an attitude of prayer. I tend to have a lot of *stuff* running around in my head. I would love to be able to focus more by focusing on Him.

  • AshleyF says:

    One of my goals for this now and into this summer is to train and run in a 10k! Ran in a 5k last year. Had never ran before in my life. It felt so good to finally run in the race and to finish something I thought was unattainable!

  • Christy says:

    One of my goals this year is to CONSISTENTLY spend 5-10 minutes a day in the word, and exercise. And work up from there. 😉

  • Krissa says:

    Using my calm voice with my kids…not an easy one all the time for me!

  • Trisha says:

    goal for 2011- honor the Lord with my parenting…..

  • Mary says:

    My goal is to get these boxes out of my house! Military’s frequent moving is difficult and it’s hard to be motivated when we’ll move again in three years, but I can’t live with these boxes for THREE YEARS!

  • Danielle says:

    One of my goals is to memorize 24 scripture verses!

  • Amy says:

    A goal I’ve had for this year is to constantly remind myself that although I do want nice, respectful and obedient children, that is not my goal. My goal is to raise disciples. To raise little hearts and souls that love the Lord. That is my goal.

  • Joyce says:

    Pray for my little ones and hubby daily.

  • Kimberly says:

    Excellent post! I need to get going on my mission statement!

  • valerie gibson says:

    One of my goals is to write a letter once a week to show the love of Jesus by encouraging someone or sharing someone’s joy. This goal reminds me of the title of a song on Sara Groves’ “fireflies and songs” album; the title ‘Twice as Good’ was given to her by Christa Wells. The lyrics speak of friendships and how life with friends is “half as hard and twice as good.” My goal is to be one of those friends.

  • Blessed Mom says:

    I have so many things I’d like to change about my life, but I think the most important goal right now is to establish a quiet time to read the Bible and pray. I have three young children, the youngest is only 5 months and still waking up multiple times a night, but I feel that I really need time alone with God to start my day.

  • Tashena says:

    Goal – to be INTENTIONAL.

    Yeah, it’s a big one! 😉

  • Deanna says:

    My goal for the year is to make my time with my kids more purposeful- teaching, leading, and learning from them!

  • Rachelle says:

    One of my goals is to say “yes” to my kids as often as possible.

  • Harmony says:

    One of my main goals for 2011 is to stay consistent with the little things. This goal relates mostly to two areas- discipline with my kids and keeping up with minor chores. I’m good at the big sweep clean and addressing the big problems with my kids but have a hard time maintaining the in between details.

  • Erin says:

    One goal right now is getting up before my children for my quiet time with God. Daylight savings time (and sick kids getting up at night) has thrown me off, so I’m hoping for a revival of the habit!

  • Talma says:

    I used to have a mission statement and set personal goals. I hate that I moved away from that practice. My goal is to be kinder to myself.

  • diane says:

    I need a mission statement….my goal is to run a 5k this year. Going to try the couch to 5k program.

  • Robyn says:

    My word for this year is Worthy and one of my goals is to act like I really am worthy. I am worthy of God’s grace, forgiveness, love. I have to feel worthy in order to fulfill God’s will for my life. If I don’t feel worthy, I can’t fully love my husband or kids.

  • Sarah Bambach says:

    Our goal for 2011 is to simplify and organize our lives!

  • Katie T. says:

    One of my goals for 2011 is to regain some kind of routine for our days. With a new little one and a toddler, things have been out-of-balance and I think we all would benefit by having more of a rhythm to our days.

  • Messy Wife says:

    My goal for this year is de-cluttering. Clutter has been draining my time, my marriage and, slowly but surely, my soul. De-cluttering has been my goal for many, many years but, with special thanks to your blog and a few others, I can feel it happening…

  • Jane says:

    One goal I have is having special time each day with each of my 3 kids

  • Yay im waiting for wednesday

  • Lollie says:

    Am I to late for the giveaway? 🙂

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  • SAHMmy Says says:

    Not in for the giveaway but I loved this post! “…Identify that 20 percent so that you’re not spending you day doing the 80 percent things that have little return.” Good point.

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  • MrsH says:

    One of my goals was to start using a greener alternative for my monthly needs and I’m proud to say that I started using a cup (I know, TMI!). Now this isn’t actually on my mission statement though. Something that is related to my mission statement is to complete 6 sewing projects. It goes under my final bullet, which is doing creative things.

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