Want to know something that isn’t quite a secret? I think systems are unbelievably sexy. And the reason I believe this is because I have seen simple systems do some very, very remarkable things to business, homes, and just generally lives. And of course, I’ve shared again and again why I love Trello more than ice cream and cake combined. So really, it should come as no surprise when I say that anything to jazz that up even more is going to be on top of my hot shit list.
Enter Butler for Trello.
We are talking automation that puts the card repeater to shame. We are talking features that just make life so much damn easier especially when you have your whole life and business in Trello like someone I know (this gal.) So let’s talk Butler.
What It Is
Butler is a program that runs for you by being added to Trello boards (only the ones you want it on) and acting like a V.A. for the folks who can’t hire a V.A. (this gal!) Really what is boils down to is that ButlerBot (or Alfred in my case) works on my behalf following plain English commands that I can build to suit my own special snowflake needs.
I’ve made it no secret that I am all about Trello For Business by the ladies over at TCC, but I have also taken some liberties with their layouts and such and kind of gone a little crazy with it. And you toss a built in V.A. function and boom. I’m unstoppable.Well not quite unstoppable, but most days or pretty much anytime ButlerBot does what I want it to, I feel that way.
One of the hands down best thing is that there really aren’t ton of specific features, but the possibilities are endless. I really dig that. So in no particular order,
Automation: Like I said a paragraph ago, I love Butler for the automation aspect. I don’t have to think about content cards being created. My cards move on their own into the appropriate list. It’s amazeballs.
Removes Monotony: And the best part is too, it takes some of the mundane tasks (like assigning the purple label to my blog content) out of the mix and frees up that time for me to be doing other things.
The Command Builder: AMAZING. Plain English solutions for the not code minded. I simply select a trigger and a task or stack five tasks on top of one another : ) and boom. It’s ready to copy and paste right into the board. Super easy to use and once you get the hang of it and get over the grammatical errors, it goes beautifully smooth.
It’s Free: That is I’m on the free plan. There are up to 500 operations per week and I don’t even come close on my busiest week to using all of them. I really like free programs that rock my socks. It makes the madness bearable.
My Favorite Commands
There are some things that are so useful, I work them into everything. And I’m going to share my most used and loved on commands right here and now.
when the due date is marked as complete in a card, archive the card. This guy is amazing because I assign a due date to everything, do my shit and let this do it’s thing. And I really like that it does it automatically so as soon as a task is done, I have the pleasure of watching it go poof!
when a card is due in less than 7 days, move the card to the bottom of list "This Week Stuff + Things" on board "My Week" YASSS. This command is the best. Once a due date is assigned on my strategy board, I get to set it and forget it because this command (which has run 235 times) moves everything into my week board and I don’t have to look at all of the things I have to do, I just get to see it one week at a time.
every day at 12:00 am, create a new card with title "Blog To Dos" in list "Blog Content", and add the purple label to the card, and add the "Blog To Do" checklist to the card, and set due in 1 weeks at 8:00 pm Yeah. That’s all one very self explanatory command (I Told you I stack them.)
And there are my top three. My top used and most loved Butler commands. *sighs* Aren’t they beautiful?
Ready to make Trello even better? I know that I was. You can find all the info about Butler for Trello here. And if you aren’t familiar with Trello yet, or don’t even have an account, you can sign up for one of those with this link for a free account. In the attempt for compliance and full disclosure, if you click that ink and sign up for Trello, you don’t have to pay for anything. You get to sign up for a free account and I get one month of gold for free.