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Did you know that there is this awesome tool called Trello?
You didn’t? No way!
Even if you have, maybe you’ve also tried it out?
You have?! Great! And… you like it?
Oh… you used it a few weeks and then deleted it from your device…? That’s a bummer…. because if you don’t have it installed on your device (or bookmarked in your web browser, like me… #nerd) then you potentially are doing your-self a major disservice!
I’ve been using Trello on a serious professional level now for the past 20mths and in 2019 that level really started to peak. And the results are AMAZING! But I’m not gonna brag about how awesome my boards are… I’m gonna help motivate you to get Trello top of the Apps list on your device and also bookmarking it in your web browser…!
Are you ready!? Good!
On your marks… get set….. GO!
Step 1: Download it and make an account…. It’s FREE ! :D
Go to Trello.com and set-up an account. There is no payment or any obligations. How awesome, right?
If you are doing it from your mobile/tablet device, download it from the relevant app store!
Step 2: Get your profile properly up-to-date
It took me over 4 months to realise I didn’t even upload a profile photo. Oops. Once you have an account and are logged in, make the effort to fully update your profile! It feels so good to do that.
Step 3: Don’t hesitate… just do! BUILD!
Worried that your boards won’t work? Don’t! Are you concerned that you feel that you should have loads of cards and loads of lists? Don’t! Afraid that you won’t know how to use everything and make it look cool? Don’t!
Just get in there and get going. JUST DO IT!
Step 4: Mobile App vs. Desktop
Do you like to do everything via the mobile app? Brilliant! Go for it!
Do you prefer to pour over your to-do lists or ideas on a larger screen? Fabulous! Go for it!
Do you like to do both because you are a massive nerd! AWESOME! Welcome to the club.
Both have their pros and until now… I haven’t found any cons yet. 🤗
I use the web browser for my deep-thinking / editing sessions and the mobile app for on the go!
Step 5: FOCUS!
Poor Priorities: Terrible Time Management. Do not try and work on all your boards all at the same time. It will lead to disappointment when you suddenly realise, you’re not achieving.
Try also to set-aside some Trello time for yourself, especially if you’re using it personally, not in a team environment, where constant use will be more naturally.
I do really minor updates almost daily, but the BIG updates are on Sunday mornings before the family wakes up!
Step 6: Spice it up. #EMOJIS #COVERS
I am sure after a day or two you probably think your Trello looks pretty-boring. YES! You are right. Get in there, have some fun, and try out different emoji’s in the titles of your boards and lists and use the covers!
A time will come when you start posting links, photos, sketches and more – but for now, let emoji’s and covers jazz it up and give it some FUN!
Step 7: Hook-up with other nerds
There is the Online Community Trello Product Category --> HERE where you can hang out with Trello nerds - like The "Boss" of Trello Erica and master Trello users Jodi, Devon, Iain and Brittany - getting massive inspiration, have burning questions answered, and use all the available content to enhance your Trello skills.
And then there is the Offline Community of Trello Events --> HERE where you can hang out with even more Trello nerds... just ones closer to home!
Step 8: Become a FRIEND OF TACO !
Jump on over to this Community page and become a Friend of Taco --> HERE! It'll help you earn a badge on community, PLUS get you going with all matters Trello.
Step 9: ENJOY IT !
Get into it as much as possible and do ya thing!
Trello is not just a lot of fun, it also really helps with productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness; whether it’s for individual use or collaborating in a team, or it’s for business or leisure, there is a lot to be enjoyed by using Trello!
One of my Trello boards in the early days! Nota bene: I didn’t achieve much!
The same Board after I started upping my game. Now there is lots being achieved regularly! (Note the removal of some lists...! I'll cover effectiveness in a future article!)
Another Board, now that I’ve been constantly improving my skills! My wife and I are collaborating on it to plan a special holiday. We're leaving no stone unturned thanks to Trello!
Andy - PTC Redundant
Former RocktAR Project Manager (now redundant)
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