If you’re anything like me, then you probably have some difficulty keeping up with the ever-growing ‘To-Do’ list(s) that you’ve created for yourself. Until recently, I’ve just been piling everything into a Word document which doesn’t really give me any control in the way of connectivity; I’ll explain what I mean and why this matters in more detail shortly. Luckily, I found an app that changed my life! Instead of creating arbitrary lists, organize your agenda with the multi-faceted app ‘Trello’.
Essentially, it’s an app that acts like a bulletin board on steroids. And there are so many different ways to use it. So many, in fact, that I won’t be able to discuss all of them here. I will, however, provide you with a summary of how I’m currently using the service.
Quick side note: My friend Mandy would likely be a tidbit annoyed with me if I didn’t preface by saying that she told me about ‘Trello’ probably, oh I don’t know, over a year and a half ago, and I just started using it. In my defense, I was at the time, unaware of the app’s potential, but that was definitely my bad luck for not listening to a good friend.
You start by creating a ‘board’, or multiple boards. Within each board, you have the option to add ‘lists’ and within each list, you can add ‘cards’. This format of having information stored inside containers allows for batching. In this way, you can really visualize the bigger picture of your aspirations, and more specifically, the tasks associated with accomplishing those aspirations.
Each card has the option for you to add members, labels, checklists, due dates, and attachments. Members can even comment on the card. There are also several ‘Power-Ups’ available which are basically additional features ‘Trello’ offers to convince you to ultimately pay for the upgraded service (of course, you can always use ‘Trello’ for free without said Power-Ups). I will say this, though, it’s worth the money for the upgraded version. With it, you’re able to connect Trello to other apps like Slack, Dropbox, GitHub, Evernote, MailChimp and much, much more. Use it for free, but you might be surprised how quickly you fall in love.
Once I began focusing more of my efforts on building MyIdeaPark, I quickly realized that I needed a better workflow strategy. Feeling like Word documents weren’t doing the trick, I decided to give Trello a shot and began transferring all of my to-do list items from Word bullets to Trello cards. After everything was moved I started batching the cards into appropriate lists, then boards. Eventually, I began to see my main goals in the form of Trello lists, and broken down within each list were tasks associated with those goals. It was like magic. I made a few more boards so that I could separate some of the various aspects of life. Lovely, I was well on my way to making sense of things!
At the moment I have created four boards for myself, all of which are active. One is ‘Personal’, another ‘Finances’, I have a board for ‘MyIdeaPark’ and lastly one for my ‘Goals & Routines’. I use the ‘Goals & Routines’ board the most with second place being ‘MyIdeaPark’. The reason for this is because the ‘Goals & Routines’ board I created, I essentially use as a dashboard of sorts where I can see everything all at once. All of my time-sensitive items are on that list, and it’s the list I look at every day so that I know what to do that day. It’s beautiful. The ‘MyIdeaPark’ board intricately breaks down all of the tasks, goals, agendas, deadlines and ideas, no matter how big or how small, for MyIdeaPark, remarkably.
You can also create additional teams, which I recently did so that I could coordinate working on a few side projects with my buddy James Shene. I simply made a new team for the two of us so that we would both have complete control over the boards, lists, and cards on that team. This being possible, it’s easy to see how Trello can simplify workflow and make communicating with other team members a breeze! Not to mention its ability to integrate with other popular workflow apps.
Give Trello a shot, I really think it has the potential to help you with whatever you’re doing. Start with the free version to see if it’s right for you, and if you want a taste of Trello premium, I highly recommend recommending (see what I did there?) other members! That’s what I’ve done to score a few free months of Trello Gold! However, once I tap out my free resources and recommendations, I’m paying for the premium upgrade! If you feel like gifting me another free month of Trello Gold, hit the link below (I’m just a struggling artist, after all), no pressure. And as always, thanks for stopping by!