I’m always trying to find ways to organize my life. Categories, lists, reminders. I love it all because it helps me be productive and move toward my goals, and I love checking things off my to-do list. I’ve experimented with various apps on my phone to help me achieve this, and I’ve learned what works for me and what doesn’t. Trello, at least so far, is working for me.
What didn’t work for me
I tried iPhone’s Reminders app for a while, but it frustrated me that I couldn’t change the order of the items in my list to reflect my highest priority items at the top.
I used Swipes for about a year because it was different from any task management system I’d used before, and it took me that long to figure out that I didn’t like it. Swipes had you set a day and time that each item would pop up on your to-do list, which was appealing for a while but eventually made me feel like I was being nagged repeatedly to do things I wasn’t quite ready to do at the moment. I found myself continually “snoozing” tasks. My other complaint about Swipes was that it didn’t allow you to break your to-do list into several different to-do lists. Instead, it was one long list with the option of adding “tags” or categories to each item in that list. I much preferred sorting first by categories, then by deadlines, not the other way around.
Why Trello works for me
The first layer
The second layer
The third layer
And the best part is…
My favorite feature of Trello is that lists can be moved manually into a different order, as can cards. You can even move a whole list (or an individual card) from the board it’s on to a completely different board (or list), with just a few taps. For instance, if I get some birthday cash out of the blue, I can move something from my wish list to my shopping list quite easily. So I can organize my life in whatever way works for me in whatever moment I find myself in.
Trello has many more useful features than the ones I listed. Go ahead and download the app (for either computer or smart phone, or both!) and give it a try. It might make your chaos a bit more manageable.