If you've not come across Trello before, let me just start by saying that hands down, it has to be one of my most productive discoveries of the past year.
In a nutshell, it's basically an online collaboration platform which allows you to organise projects into boards, which can then be broken down into lists and then individual cards.
This hierarchy, Board ---> List ---> Card, allows you to keep track of projects in a visual and dynamic manner. You can also have multiple people collaborating on a board, which makes it a great way to organise teams, shared workloads and multiple people.
Over the past few months, I have found myself using it to keep track of almost every aspect of my life. This has been especially important, as I'm going through a pretty hectic period with work and I often worry that I am dropping the ball on other areas.
(N.B. I do heavily rely Trello for work too!)
Now if you want to see a real life working example of Trello in action, here is a public board which I'm using to track my personal goals for 2016/17.
As you can see, Trello has allowed me to break things down into categories and discrete tasks. When I have completed an item, I can simply move the card along to the done list, or archive it.
Usefully, there is a free version available, which makes it really easy to dip in and out of the platform and see whether you get on with it!
Here are some board ideas to get you started, or perhaps give you some further ideas on how to use it!
You could order things into daily, weekly and monthly tasks and assign these to housemates or your S/O.
Things to watch - TV shows, films etc.
This could be ordered by category, or used as a way of planning your viewing based on future release dates
Plan out your weekly food schedule and create shopping lists. This is great for anyone looking to minimise waste and plan leftovers, or keep within a strict budget.
Trello is perfect for bloggers and students alike - as you can use it to keep on track of multiple tasks with multiple deadlines.
You can also split boards into lists for the different phases of each project, e.g. research, writing, editing and then submission.
Christmas dinner planning
I'm currently in the middle of creating my board for this and am using it to track my shopping list, meals needed (e.g. Christmas eve dinner, Christmas dinner) and cooking schedules.
Much like my 2016/17 goals board, you can keep track of bigger and longer term projects such as fitness goals.
I think of this one like I'm putting all my new years resolutions onto one board, which can then be reviewed at the end of the year.
At present, you can't link cards between boards (e.g. when you change the content on one, it will automatically update another card on another board). However, you can copy cards across boards very easily.
I use this function to create an overall weekly planner which helps me keep on top of the most important tasks from across all the areas of my life, e.g. work, household and personal.
This does take a bit of extra time to maintain, however it does mean that I can pull in tasks from other areas and create a "super list" which gives me an overall snapshot of what I need to complete that week.
Household project, e.g. kitchen renovation
There are a lot of different stages in any give home improvement project, from planning, store trips to buying items and sourcing tradesmen.
I use Trello to keep on track of each stage in the project and also keep my partner in the loop with things like "we now need to decide a colour" or "these are all the things we now need to buy to furnish the room".
It's also a great way of storing details such as delivery numbers and item measurements, all in one easy to find place.
I hope this has been a useful insight into Trello and how I use it! I also hope that I have perhaps given you some ideas about how you could use it for yourself.
If you have any awesome board ideas, I'd love to hear them in the comments below!