Recently I’ve been trying Trello and have really surprised myself by how much I like it and how productive I am becoming. Here is why I choose Trello for my To-Do lists.
I’ve come from a background in corporate and working within various types of project methodologies which usually centre around Microsoft Project. So using complex, team-focused project software is what I am used to. Now that I’m working to grow TechTools4Authors.com I’ve been struggling with something that works for a 1 person team. Plus it needs to fit my startup budget of FREE.
Using Reminders on my Mac was OK, but it’s not easy to view all the tasks in my life let alone just for the business. The same for Tasks in Outlook, it’s just a list and I really need something I can categorise, and easily view the status.
A couple of weeks ago, read a chat in one of the writing forum’s I follow, which mentioned Trello.com and I have to admit I was sceptical. I’ve heard of it before but didn’t need it at the time, so didn’t pay much attention. I mean, why would I want a browser option and how could it possibly work for me. I decided to check it out and I haven’t looked back. This software suits my thought process perfectly for writing, blogging, website creation and course creation.
Trello is a very visual To-Do list which uses Boards to categorise your tasks. On each 'Board', you have 'Lists' and within each list you have 'Cards' – which represent your tasks, essentially your To-Do’s. Within each Card, you have options for Due Dates, Descriptions, and Colour labels, which are the main items I find I use all the time. There are other options and some are paid, but the essentials are free.
For just one person you don’t need all the bells and whistles in the paid version. I’m finding they are more tailored for teams than a single author, writer or blogger. Inside a Card, I’ve created my own Checklist as an alternative to many List Headings across the width of a Board. The flexibility is really up to how you want to organise your thought and work process.
Note: I am not affiliated with Trello in any way, I just like the product and thought you may too.
Once you are signed-in you can get started creating your first board. I love playing a bit with the background – they have quite a large range of creative pics to choose. Although once you fill-up the board with cards you can’t really see the background, but that doesn’t stop me, I still like to make a board my own.
So now you have a board (project) and some cards (tasks) you can start actioning them. As you change the status of the card you simply drag and drop it to the relevant list and change the status.
While I’ve been using lists and tasks to manage my To-Do list for many years, the visual view and ease of dragging and dropping tasks are why I choose Trello for my To-Do lists. I am getting more tasks actioned by watching them visually moving through the lists on my boards than I have in ever using other traditional task lists. Especially my Blog Ideas and Content board. I’d been stuck for months and months on creating content and actually getting all the parts of a blog into a task, that I just wasn’t being productive. Now I can easily batch groups of tasks and not miss anything. Plus the visual aspect lets you see patterns so you can quickly add in another task if you’ve missed it.
If you haven’t tried Trello and are on the lookout for a better way to manage your To-Do list I highly recommend trying it out. After all, it’s free to try out and free to continue using if you don’t need any of the paid options. So for an Author, Writer and Blogger, I’m sure you will also find the Trello boards absolutely brilliant and help improve your productivity and efficiency.