@Alice Causarano is a university student, currently writing her MA thesis in Archaeology. She's also a freelance blogger and content creator, writing about geeky stuff from productivity apps to JRR Tolkien. Read on to discover how she organizes her life and geeky fandoms with Trello!
How did you first find Trello and what was your first board?
Unfortunately, I don’t remember how I discovered Trello (probably from a blog), but I'm pretty sure it was in 2015. I had just graduated and I wanted to get my blog organized so I started a board to use as my editorial calendar and the rest is history!
That first board was organized in a very basic Kanban style, but I also used the calendar Power-Up, which was the most useful thing ever since I used to publish multiple posts per week at that time.
What Trello board are you most proud of?
Last Summer, I became a regular contributor to the Page Flutter blog and part of my job is to brainstorm new blog posts every month. Once I got the job, I immediately created a Trello board to collect all my ideas and it has been a lifesaver ever since!
The structure is very simple: the first list contains a couple of cards with useful info and links, then I have a master list of post ideas (I constantly add cards to that list even from my phone because the best ideas always come up randomly during the day), then “Monthly Pitch” is where I move the cards of the posts I’d like to write about, finally I have the “Writing” list, which is pretty explanatory. Then I move all my completed tasks in a “Done” list and I usually add the corresponding Google Doc and the images I used in the article. This way, Trello works also as an archive for me. In this board, I use the Google Drive Power-Up and I love it! Especially because you can create new documents directly from the card view.
What is your favorite Trello power-up?
The Calendar Power-Up, hands down. It allows you to use a board in an even more flexible way and it’s also available on mobile, so it’s definitely my favorite one!
What positive influence would you say Trello has had on your life or career?
Trello has been incredibly useful for me when I was still attending University classes and studying for exams, I had a board with a list for each day of the week and I used cards to time-block my days. I loved to plan my week every Sunday and I also had a list of useful information and checklists. I was afraid of not being able to power-use Trello anymore after University, but the truth is that you can use it for whatever you want! I still have the board I used in 2015 to plan my trip to London and it works as a memory keeper now.
It’s so nice being able to have all in one place! I’ve never felt as organized as since I started using Trello. In the beginning, I was so excited that I started using it for everything, I don’t even remember how many boards I had! I’ve definitely reduced the number of boards I have now, keeping the most useful ones and merging together some of the old ones.
Trello is where I store all my ideas, plans and things like that. It definitely improved my life!
What do you do for fun? (And of course, do you use Trello to facilitate even more fun!)
Even if I have to spend most of my days researching for my thesis, I still love reading for pleasure (cozy mysteries are my absolute favorites!) and watching movies. At the beginning of the year, I started a board to keep track of all the 2018 releases and now I’m also keeping a record of the movies I want to rent or that I’ve purchased (sometimes it’s difficult to remember where they are stored - Amazon, Play Store, and so on!)
Finally, I love to play The Lord of the Rings Online, which is an MMORPG, and I created a board for it to keep track of all the nerdiest things you can think of. From combat stats to regional deeds, the schedule of various festivals, personal notes on my characters... This board brings me so much joy, haha.
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