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Looking for the perfect way to manage all that information rattling around in your mom brain? Your search is over. Let’s learn how to use Trello.
Do you ever find something wonderful and just want to shout about it from the rooftops?
That’s how I feel about Trello.
Since I was a kid I’ve been a compulsive list-maker, but I could never make my lists work for me. My shopping lists were at home when I was at the store. My to-do lists didn’t actually help me get anything done.
In my quest to get organized, I tried paper planners, digital checklists, habit trackers, and reminder apps. When I found Trello, I got rid of all of them.
If you are a mom, you need Trello in your life. Today, I’m going to teach you what it is and how to use it.
What is Trello?
Trello is a digital system that visually organizes all that stuff that you have bouncing around in your head, written on the back of an envelope on the counter in the kitchen, or jotted in the notes app on your phone.
Imagine a giant white board with a bunch of sticky notes on it organized neatly into little columns. You like sticky notes, right?
Everybody likes sticky notes.
- Each of the sticky notes could have photos, websites, or other links attached to it.
- A sticky note could have a due date on it, which automatically popped up on your calendar when you added it.
- Any sticky note could have a checklist (or 20) on the back.
- Each sticky note was color-coded according to the system you established.
- A sticky note could easily be shared if you needed someone’s help collaborating on it.
Even if your giant imaginary whiteboard grew to include 5000 sticky notes, by typing a couple of words in a search box, you could quickly locate the one sticky note that you wanted.
Now imagine that this giant whiteboard doesn’t just live in your kitchen or office, but is available to access anywhere you needed it—on your computer at home, on your iPad, your Kindle, or your Android phone. Wherever you are, you can look at that whiteboard with all that information.
You can add a new sticky note, or check something off of a checklist. Need to reference a website? Simply click on the attached link you saved earlier. You can see your grocery list, or your kids’ shoe size, or the name of that new restaurant you want to try.
Oh, and any update you make immediately syncs, so the list you edited on your phone while you were out matches the one on your computer when you get home.
Also, you don’t just need to have just one board. You can have as many boards as you need, all full of their information-packed sticky notes. All traveling with you wherever you go.
Why Will Trello Change Your Life?
Your head is full of information that is bogging you down.
It’s full of all your to-do lists, gift ideas, meal plans, books to read, parties to plan, vacations you’re taking next, etc. You might jot this stuff down on a scrap of paper or six, but can you easily find that information when you need it? Probably not.
Having all this information in our heads, and knowing that it isn’t being taken care of makes us feel stressed. It contributes to the ‘mental load’ that many moms feel. It prevents other people from easily being able to help us, because the information is all ‘upstairs’. Stuff falls through the cracks despite our good intentions to get things done.
We’ve tried managing all this info with physical sticky notes, wall calendars, day planners, the backs of envelopes, etc. These paper solutions contribute to the clutter in our homes, purses, and diaper bags, though, and they never seem to be around when we actually need them.