Quite frankly, I haven’t shut up about Trello as of late. The online task management system is one of many (so, so, many) that I’ve tried, but it’s the only one I’ve not only stuck with but have enjoyed using! Want to know more? Read on for our Trello review to learn how it’s super-charged my productivity . . . and how it can do the same for you!
Follow along with our example boards:
So, firstly: I really love Trello. I didn’t really expect to, though! If you’ve been on the blog a while, you’ll already know I’m hooked on bullet journaling. After several failed attempts at using other digital task management systems, I was far from convinced that another one could really help. But, I’d read so many glowing reviews that I took a chance and made an account.
The first feature that nearly convinced me? Their adorable mascot, Taco the husky!
If you know me, you know the surest way to my heart is through cute animals. That applies to animated animals as well!
From there, though, the functionality is what really sold me on Trello. It works so well with my bullet journal, too!
Looking at our example board, here are some of my favourite features:
I haven’t gone all-out labels or the little coloured marks at the top left of each card (each item), but they are the feature I’ve probably found most useful so far! I love categorising and organising (surprise, surprise, right?), so the ability to mark my to-do items so that I can identify their relevance at a glance is perfect.
If you look at the second column, or the “Done” list on my board, you’ll see that the date is marked in green. This is because I’ve marked it as completed before the due date! I love the feeling of checking off an item and getting the little green box.
I don’t use it myself, but you can even add a calendar “power-up” to see all of your due items in calendar format!
I’d be remiss to not offer an explanation, however brief, of how I utilise the columns, or lists, on each board! By using a basic “To Do/Done” format, I get to plan what needs to be worked on as well as feel good about what’s already been accomplished. I take it a step further in utilising “To Do Today/This Week/This Month” lists, much like in my bullet journal! This allows me to keep the “To Do Today” list manageable without letting those long-term items slip from my mind.
I do something similar with my blogging board!
The Editorial Calendar lists upcoming posts (don’t worry, there are far more on the board I use myself!), which I can move into the “currently writing” category as I get to them. Then, I move them back to the Editorial Calendar (you could also use a separate “Scheduled Posts” list!). The To Do list references blog tasks that aren’t directly related to a post, such as social media, courses, or emails.
Within each card, you can add a description, comments, or other useful bits, but my favourite is the ability to add checklists! For repetitive tasks (like promoting a post on social media channels, for example), you can even input a checklist from a pre-existing card. Talk about efficiency!
This is probably my most frequently used bit of Trello. Once I’ve input my tasks on the proper boards, I’ll go to “Cards” (click on your avatar in the upper right-hand corner!) to see them all laid out. Sorting by due date, I can prioritise what I really need to be working on at that moment.
Have you tried out Trello for yourself? Or has our Trello review convinced you to give it a try? Let us know in the comments!