I’m team Trello. I’ve tried Asana, I’ve tried paper planners, and frankly I’m just too frugal to pay for a project management system that's more than $5.00 a month. But it’s affordability (I pay because the pretty backgrounds are motivating to me) is far from the only reason to love the crap out of Trello. In fact, I have organized my whole life in Trello. It is the perfect place to keep my creative spirit and neuroses from working against one another and it has been a serious game changer.
The biggest game changer by far has been Trello For Business by the ladies at Think Creative Collective. Holy moly, it’s amazing. I could go on all day, but I’ll spare you and just say, click that link. Just do it because it’s amazing and well worth $29.99.
My favorite thing about TFB is that those gals made copy and paste boards! And as amazing as those were, I found myself needing a couple more so I’ve put the time in to create some amazing boards of my own and in this post, I’ll give you a run through some of them.
Business: My Networking Board
A few things to know about me. I don’t like talking to people I don’t know. I’m not a hugger. You will likely have to peel me off the ceiling if a stranger touches me. It’s just how I am. Add to all of that that I have ALWAYS been bad at keeping in touch (you can ask my mom), and I’m a pretty general hot mess. As you can imagine, I kind of really suck at networking.
But I also know that networking is such a critical part of being a business owner or really a professional at all in today’s workforce. So I organized myself into submission. If you meet me, I will probably keep a piece of furniture between us if I can, but I will actually get in touch if I say I’m going to now, which makes me feel like a serious badass.
Business: My Client Template Board
The time saving board of awesomeness! This is another advantage to having a clear, set process. I have created a board that has all of my client work to dos in it. Talk about easy. All I have to do is copy the board, slap a client’s name on the title, and start deleting the tasks that don’t apply to their project! Boom!
Fair warning, if you decide to do this for yourself, it is tedious. It is time consuming. But you only have to do it once. And to be really frank here, I can’t say that this is an original idea. Thanks a bunch to the lovely Dannie Fountain for the idea.
Business: My Courses Board
I’m a lazy person, I’ll admit it. But my worst fear around courses is spending all that money to just let it sit there. So once again to appease both my anxiety and neuroses, I got organized.
I love this board because I can do so much within a single card and have ongoing access to my progress in courses.
Business + Personal: My Week Board*
Originally a swipe board from TCC.
But I put my own spin on it too. I need certain things in front of my face or they just won’t get done. One of those things is engagement. I have a checklist of weekly tasks for engagement because I either a) forget or b) get anxious around it. So I have to make myself accountable to my Trello board. Another is pretty much anything around social media mostly because I’m really bad about keeping up with it.
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Personal: Get Your Shit Organized Board
This guy is my favorite.
Maybe you’ve started to notice the pattern around here, but if it’s not organized in small, anxiety free pieces, and scheduled on the calendar, it’s not happening. I’d love to say otherwise, but after almost thirty years with myself, I kind of have an idea what to expect.
This board is bare bones. It is a board that I copy and paste to take on personal and around the house projects. I would show you my current board, Decluttering, but it’s, embarrassingly enough, very cluttered.
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