Organizing Projects with Trello

corkboardAfter finally finishing All Plants Are Edible Once, I’m ready to take on some new projects. After scouring the blogs for productivity tips, I’ve settled upon Trello as my go-to site for organizing projects.

What Makes Trello Great

Trello’s strengths are its simplicity and flexibility. The setup works like a corkboard. Writers will appreciate this familiar interface. You can create a separate board for each project for at-a-glance organization.

Then, it’s time to work with your blank canvas. For organizing projects, I like to begin with a general goal checklist. You create these individual bits as cards. You can add text, checklists, images, and more to complete your thought. I like the initial checklist to envision the big picture.

Organizing Projects

For each item on my general checklist, I create another card that delves into the task and breaks it down into doable pieces. A great new feature of Trello is the ability to date these items. You can view a calendar of your upcoming tasks. (As of this writing, it works on the website only, not the mobile apps yet.)

To get the most out of it, you need to spend the time creating your boards and cards. The time you spend here is worth your efforts. The next thing you need is to make it a habit.

I work a Monday through Friday work week like most folks. Part of my daily routine includes several websites that I visit during the week. I organize them through the Fox add-on, Morning Coffee. Trello is one of the sites I visit daily. I like the daily check-in to remind myself of important tasks.

I have several irons in the fire, as it were. I’m working on another mystery to follow up with Murder to Order. I’m also planning another 101 book as well as a more cerebral work based on some of the posts from this blog. What can I say? I love to write.

For a writer, organizing projects and your workload is vital. As the saying goes, you can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been. With Trello, you at least have a road map.

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