Organise Your Life With Trello

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TrelloGetting organised is something most people battle with. Some time last year, I discovered Trello, a cloud hosted piece of software that allows you to organise and do it effectively, with ease.

I had been looking for a way to better organise my web design and development projects when I discovered Trello and found it particularly handy when it comes to collaborating with partners and clients. Ever since then, I have been using the software with almost every activity that involves taking notes or committing something to a place where I can quickly and easily find it. In today's   post, I figured it would be worthwhile to share information on my interaction with Trello in the hope that you will also find useful ways of using it to organise your life.

The Trello Concept

The trello concept is based on the Kanban process pioneered by Toyota in the late 1940s which uses cards to signal steps in the manufacturing process and is applicable to organising tasks of any kind. In a similar fashion,Trello remains true to the Kanban concept by being organised into boards on which are laid out lists and within the lists are found cards on which notes can be written. Boards are organised and separated within companies.

Trello Board

Boards(A): Represent a project in Trello where you organise the main idea you are working on; be it a wedding, a seminar, trip or software project. Boards are the containers for main ideas where you organises your lists which contain ideas on specific cards.

Lists(B): Lists allow you to organise cards along various stages of progression. They can be used to represent a workflow or simply as an organisation for ideas and concepts. Lists can be easily dragged around the board or moved to other boards.

Cards(C): Cards are the units on which your ideas or tasks reside. You may think of them as fluid ideas that can be moved from list to list on a board or across boards.

Collaborating With Trello

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At times, we like to keep our ideas to ourselves, but in this day and age we also love to share. Trello makes collaboration a cinch. You may invite people to collaborate on your project by email invitation, which they have to confirm. Invitation can be to a company or board and members can be directly assigned to a specific card. There is an activity stream which ensures that everyone is in the loop on what is going on for each card. Members may have discussions regarding a project, which makes communication easy, plus, all this is tied into email notifications as well. The ability to communicate within Trello, reduces the need for endless checking of email for communications regarding the project and keeps the communication activity in one convenient place. You also have the ability to attach files onto your cards in Trello which may include images. The latest image attached to a card is displayed  with each card which makes for impressive visuals. Trello also integrates with file sharing services like Google Drive and Dropbox.

Getting Started

Trello is a very visual piece of software. Therefore, other than suggesting that you set up lists and move your cards around depending on your workflow, or simply keep lists to organise ideas, the best I can do is suggest that you try it out. To do that, you will need to go to www.trello.com and sign up with your email address. After confirming your sign up, you will have access to the free version which is sufficient for most people's needs, unless you require the additional or advanced features. Trello offers comprehensive help to get you started and you can start organising right away. Trello is also mobile friendly and works like a charm on your smart mobile device. Let me know how it goes as you try out this elegant tool!

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