I used to be highly organised. I mean, HIGHLY organised. Then I had kids, and they started doing things, and all organisation has gone out of the window.
In my previous life as an office worker, I found it easy to be slightly organised at work as it was completely separate from home life so as I walked into the office my mind switched into “work mode”.
Working at home the lines blur and I find it very difficult to organise my business and time I’m spending on my business, in my own home.
I’ve tried many different approaches – I’ve tried using Google calendar, a traditional paper diary and post it notes. Nothing worked.
I needed something that was digital and something that I could also take out with me so that I could see at any given moment where I was up to and what I was doing without having to flick through paper diaries or search through Google calendars. Then I was put onto Trello.
In short, Trello is a tool where you can organise your projects into boards so you can see in one glance what you’ve got going on. It’s the same concept as using an old style whiteboard with columns and putting post-it notes in each of the columns with tasks on them.
Trello can be used to organise just about anything. I have a board for everything, home life, the kid’s school activities, finances, my blog, this business, my study, appointments. I also have a day to day board where I move tasks into to organise each day, below is a screenshot of my set up.
Under each of the boards, you enter tasks and notes, you can assign the tasks to other Trello users, and you can also set due dates and sync these with your Google calendar. Below is a screen capture of the Board for my blog, That Noise Is Mine.
Using Trello is an excellent way to keep on track and remind yourself what you’re doing.
Trello is also available as an app so you can sync your boards to your Smartphone, however, depending on how many boards you need I find it easier to set everything out on the computer and then sync it with my phone.
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