In this post, I’m telling you about the free app I use called Trello, and how you can use it to keep you organized, or help you become more organized. I’ll never promise that anything can “make” you organized – that’s a mindset issue – but Trello helps me get some of my thoughts out and makes it a little easier to track what I’m doing. I’m showing you how to use Trello in your mom life today, and I hope you love it as much as I do.
How To Use Trello In Your Mom Life
You know how you find those things that work so great, you can’t remember a time before you used them?
It’s like Google – doesn’t it feel like Google has been around forever?
Trello is like that for me. Realistically, I only heard about it a little over a year ago. In that time though, it’s become one of the most used apps on my phone. This is something I use pretty much daily.
Trello is considered a “Kanban board” style of to-do list/task organizer. If you’re unfamiliar with Kanban boards, the basic concept is you have tasks on notes, lined up in categories, and you can move the tasks/notes from one category to the other. It’s been in use a long time for offices, but it’s gotten a technological update with things like Trello.
This is a great system if you’re visually-oriented at all. If you’re the type of person who has a million sticky notes, or you write stuff on your calendar, or you use a planner, this will complement your style very well.
And the best part is, it’s FREE! My favorite price!
How Trello is Set Up
On Trello, you have boards. Each board contains lists, and each list contains cards. Cards have the “front” and when you click into them, the “back” with more details.
You can add labels (there’s even a color-blind-friendly mode), due dates, checklists, attachments, or cover images. There are also power-ups you can add to each board – under the free plan, you’re limited to one power-up per board. Most of the time, that’s enough. For the average user, you probably aren’t going to need anything other than the calendar power-up.
I put together a little video showing how Trello works. It’s just under seven minutes long but it’s a good overview.
How I Use Trello
I use Trello for everything from meal planning, to household management, to keeping track of everything blog-related. I have boards to keep track of Christmas present ideas for my family (each family member gets a list, then individual cards are present ideas or even links to the present). I have it tied in with Pinterest so when I pin something to my keto meals board, the information and link go into my meal planning board.
I have a quarterly calendar (you can find the updated one in my resource library if you’re a newsletter subscriber!), I have a board for my rhythms and routines, I have boards for what courses I want to take and what I have taken. I have a board going room-by-room throughout my home and documenting any changes or repairs I need to make.
Trello is one of those things where the possibilities are endless. If you’re needing to use it as a planner, you can use it as a planner. If you just need a visual organizer, it does that too. There are so many options.
And it’s free!
How You Can Use Trello
I want this to stay pretty short because I want you to go try this yourself. Trello is available for both iOS and Android, along with the web app. I’ve given you a bunch of ideas on how I use it, but the possibilities are really endless.
I hope you try this out, and I hope it’s as helpful to you as it is to me. I really believe that an important step to feeling organized is finding the systems that work best for you, and Trello has become a big thing for me. I think even if they disappeared tomorrow, I’d still be creating Kanban-style boards for myself, because I realize that this is a system that works really well with my brain.
If you already use Trello, let me know how you tend to use it!