There are a ton of list making apps and services out there and I feel at times that I have tried them all! I am a huge fan of to-do lists and checking things off as I get them done. It makes me feel like I accomplished something that day you know?
My new favorite list making service is Trello. And I say new favorite, but I have been using it consistently for over a year now which is a record for me!
I think the reason why Trello works for me is because of the boards and they way they are laid out. Here is what you will see when you first sign up for Trello:
You have boards for To Do, Doing, Done. On each board is a card. The card can be an individual task that needs to be done. Then when you click on the card you can add notes, websites or checklists. You can color code the cards to certain categories to be even more organized.
I will admit when I first started using Trello it was so simple, yet so complex that it overwhelmed me. The reason I stuck with it was because I liked the “physicalness” of it like a traditional pen and paper. I can see all that I need to do now, tomorrow and into the future. I can move the cards around to another list or my favorite list, the done checklist. I think that’s my favorite checklist by the way!
Here is how I personally use Trello:
1. To Do List
I create a weekly to do list for the week on one card. Then I click on the card and create checklists for Monday through Friday. I can then plan out my week, move around items on each day as something comes up and move any to do’s that didn’t get done on one day to the next day.
2. Project Management
I still do quite a few websites for my real estate clients. I like to lay the entire project out on a Trello card. The things to do, when they can be expected to be finished and any notes that I need to keep track of. I can invite the client to the Trello Board for their projects and they can chime in with their thoughts or just see my progress on their website.
3. Mind Mapping
Trello is my main source for brainstorming. I write down all of my blog posts ideas on Trello. My ideas for eBooks I want to write, email marketing I want to do, ideas for my resource page and much more. What I love about Trello is the online service looks the exact same as the app for both my iPhone and iPad so when I am out and about an idea strikes my fancy, I can easily add it to my Trello app using my iPhone or iPad.
As I have mentioned my husband and I are in the process of planning a move out of state next year. We have our own personal Trello Board where we keep track of places we want to move that we need to research, things we need to do to our house before we list it, a timeline to move and potential employers for my husband. This is like our virtual notebook that we can both use and keep track of. It has been great for our communication too!
Trello Free vs. Trello Gold
Trello offers both a free version and a paid Gold version. I use the free version but have been upgraded to the Gold version when people sign up via my link. (This is also the link I used in this post, so if you sign up I do get upgraded to Gold. It doesn’t cost you anything though!)
Trello Gold includes:
- Upload files up to 250 mb. in size instead of only 10 mb.
- Access to nine premium backgrounds instead of just 6 basic background colors, plus the ability to upload your own backgrounds.
- Premium sticker packs and the ability to upload your own stickers
- Access to 800 emojiis and the option to upload your own emojiis
I have never used the Gold features of Trello and have been more than happy with the Free version. If you find yourself constantly looking for a better to do list system or need something more “physical” like a pen and paper list, I highly recommend Trello!
Do you have a favorite list making app or website that you use? Please tell me about it in the comments below!