Power of 3: Organizing your Life

The Power of 3! Are you a numbers person? How about a list making person? I am actually both. The Power of 3 is a very simple method to organize your life. Just 3 things a day to take back control.

As we begin the new year, we are all looking for ways to get organized including ourselves. Over the last couple of years, we have gotten so busy with work and life that we have really let things slip out of control. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love to be busy, but I also love to be organized and I love my home to run like a well oiled machine.

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For many years I searched for a simple method to organize our lives, whether it was Household Chores, Business or even Personal Goals. Several years back, I started using the Power of 3 method after hearing our Youth Pastor speak about numbers in the Bible.

It’s quite interesting how the number 3 is very important. It is the first of four perfect numbers, meaning Divine. Number 3 denotes Divine Perfection. Many times during Scripture in the Bible, different things or people are mentioned 3 times. You can read more about the number 3 and other numbers in the Bible, here.

So it only made sense to bring the Number 3 into our everyday lives.

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Simple – Easy – Doable – is exactly what I was looking for.

With 3 boys in the house, I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times that I have tried a workable chore list for my family. The boys all needed to learn how to take care of themselves and the house, it was time to implement the Power of 3.

And my husband and I needed to simplify our lives. This year it’s all about “Systems.”


Do you chose a word of the year? We have, for a few years now, and it’s very interesting to look back on the year and remember the changes that have happened to your life and how the word that you chose has effected it.

Systems – our chosen word for 2014! We WILL get organized and have time to enjoy life and all that it has to offer. And so, part of that is creating our Power of 3.

I suppose life simply got in the way and we got away from using the Power of 3, I’m not really sure why because it really did make life much easier.

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Everyone’s list will be different, of course, perhaps you need to concentrate on getting your home organized, or maybe moving your business forward, or even teach your children how to help with the house. Whatever you are looking for – let’s take control of our lives together.

Here are some ideas to get you started…

Chores for Kids

  • Pick up bedroom
  • Take dirty clothes down to Basement
  • Put clean clothes away
  • Take hamper from Bathroom to Basement
  • Put away Toilet Paper
  • Put away clean towels
  • Unload Dishwasher
  • Take out Recycling
  • Empty trash can in Bathroom
  • Sweep floors
  • Vacuum stairs
  • Shovel sidewalks
  • Mow grass

Personal Goals

  • Exercise
  • Read
  • Play a game with the family
  • Beauty (a few minutes to paint your nails or more time to take care of yourself)

Home Goals

Business Goals

  • Editorial Calendar
  • Learn more about Google+
  • Schedule videos for the future

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To get you started I’ve designed this printable for you.

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After you click to download, save the PDF to your computer or flashdrive and print as many as you need for your family.

We have one for each family member, one for the house and one for the business.


  1. Wow! Good for you! I need to delegate more!

  2. Allyson says:

    I love this idea! I’m going to try it with my kids. I bet it would work with their young ages! And they definitely know how to count to three! :-)
    .-= Allyson´s last blog ..Save the Candle! =-.

  3. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I like this rule of three. I need to do this for myself…haha. I can’t seem to get motivated to save my life. I need the fear of my parents again….
    .-= Nutmeg Nanny´s last blog ..Gotta Get This Off My Chest… =-.

  4. Ashley says:

    I think I’m going to try this concept… I always struggle to “categorize” and prioritize my chores. Thanks for the idea! :)
    .-= Ashley´s last blog .."The Choice" by Suzanne Woods Fisher =-.

  5. Billie says:

    This is a GREAT idea! I have been trying to get my kiddos on a chore routine for awhile now. I am definitely going to try this one out! Oh, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for the information on ‘numbers’ in the Bible. I just mentioned to my dh about wanting to learn more about the significance God places on numbers,and I didn’t know where to begin to find that info! Thanks again! :^)

  6. Thank you for this great post! I just can’t keep up with things that are complicated. Whatever I practice just has to be simple for me and my kids to follow. This definitely fits the bill!

    I recently wrote a post about getting your kids to talk with you using a method called, “Gimme 3 Words” The post is called, Talk to me, kid!

    I really love practical solutions. Thank you. {=~D
    .-= Mindi@B.A. Bookworm´s last blog ..Bookworm Basics – Every Day Activities =-.

  7. Becky says:

    3 is such a do-able number of tasks for most people. I am a Professional Organizer, and my clients tend be overwhelmed by the enormity of the job. I am going to reccommend they find “homes” for just 3 items per day, or sort for just 3 minutes 3 times per day, etc. Thanks for the tip!

  8. Beth says:

    Wow, what a great idea and thank you for posting so early in the year.. I have an 8 & 5 year old and I think this will work for them.

    I think for hubby I will just add the three big things I need help with during the week vs. a daily thing…

    but I think the idea will work good to start good habits too, if the same item is on their list until it is a habit vs. a chore!

    Thanks for the idea.
    .-= Beth ´s last blog ..1st Snowfall of the Winter Season – Dec 2009 =-.

  9. I adore this idea. I’m going to have to try this not only for the family but myself as well. I love it!
    .-= Liz @ The Halton Mom´s last blog ..Giveaway: A Wrestling Addicted Mommy=Alight =-.

  10. niki says:

    I like it! This is a fab idea!

    I love things in threes already so why not do tasks in threes?


    .-= niki´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday…January 11 =-.

  11. Diana says:

    I love this idea! I’m going to try it with my 4 yahoos! Thanks so much!

  12. Sounds like a great way to institute family teamwork.
    .-= Amy @ Finer Things´s last blog ..Help for Haiti: What Can You Do? =-.

  13. Jenny says:

    Just stopping by to check out your blog :) Great post :)
    .-= Jenny´s last blog ..Hello world! =-.

  14. Lynne says:

    Wow! Awesome concept! Love the idea! Hey, that’s what family is all about…helping out! Thanks for sharing your enlightening idea!
    .-= Lynne´s last blog ..Cleaning & Organizing…I {{heart}} it!! =-.

  15. This is a wonderful idea. My daughter is in charge of keeping her room clean. Dear son (3 years old) loves to help me with recycling dusting, vacumming, cleaning the yard of toys and cooking. I like the “power of 3″ and will have to think of this approach, it just makes sense, eh? Thanks for the inspiration :)
    .-= Sarah @ Mum In Bloom´s last blog ..Recipe: Cinnamon-Sugar Bread (Bread Machine) =-.

  16. Alicia says:

    That’s a great method! I always have 10-20 things on my list and then wonder why I can’t get through them in the couple hours I have after work and spending time with my kids!
    .-= Alicia´s last blog ..Top Ten Toddler Toys =-.

  17. Amy Bowman says:

    Now this is what I am talking about!! I have high hopes for “Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays,” mostly because I know by sharing with one another we will spur one another one, and this post did just that!
    I am buying a very pretty, thick black framed white board to hang in our dining room (its on my list:)), I am going to try this number 3 technique, writing their 3’s on the whiteboard everyday. its sounds so simple! Just what I needed…
    Thanks for participating, please bring your wisdom back next week!
    Know that you can share a post from the past of something you got done, it does not have to be a new post each week, as long as its about getting things done!!
    Thanks again..
    .-= Amy Bowman´s last blog .."Anti-procrastination Tuesdays" Link Party! =-.

  18. Laurie says:

    That is brilliant! I may have to start using it on my husband…although it may end up as three things he can do each week. We gotta work our way up:) Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Laurie´s last blog ..Framed! My First Anti-procrastination Project =-.

  19. NIFTY! I will think about how to incorporate that.

  20. Lori says:

    That is really a great idea! I may have to adopt that one….if the current plan continues to not work out. We shall see. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Katie says:

    This is a great idea, I’ll try this number 3 technique!
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  22. Great! I’ve had variations of this over the years, but nothing that stuck. I think the consistency of 3 (and especially the known result for work not done) is a great way to ensure consistency and consequence.

    We’ve been using the “Morning High Five” from Life As Mom for a couple years now with great success. (make bed, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth/hair, put away jammies). It only makes sense that a “Power of 3″ would work be just as successful.

    I’m going to test mine out on a chalkboard and see how it goes… Thanks!

  23. Aurie says:

    I love this idea. Between family, a day job and our online-shop things can (and do) fall through the cracks. Thanks!

  24. KO says:

    I really like the attainability of this but I don’t exactly understand this concept. Do you build a master list of things to do and then focus on three items each day??


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