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What's the best way to visualize how much time a task (one card) needs?

I am using Trello to manage work tasks. Each task has its own card. I've assigned due dates to each card, but I'd also like to indicate how long each task is estimated to take. Right now I am using labels to do this (one color means less than an hour, another color means 1-2 hours, another color means 2-3 hours, and so on), but this isn't as visually obvious as I'd like.

Ideally, I'd like to be able to change the height of each card according to its task duration: a task lasting less than an hour would be the default height, a 1-2-hour task would be bigger, and so on.

Is there any kind of power-up or other Trello feature that would allow me to correlate task duration with card size? If not, what other techniques do people use for visualizing how long a task will take?

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Alice Causarano Community Leader May 09, 2019

Hi Susan! You could try to use the Custom Fields Power-Up.

Here are a couple of examples.

Option 1

custom fields.PNG

Once enabled the Power-Up, you could create a simple Text custom field and write inside the estimated time. It would look like this from the board view:

custom fields text.PNG

Option 2

If you want a more visually appealing version, instead you could use the Dropdown Custom Field type and select a different color for each time slot.


Here is how it would look from the board view.

dropdown color.PNG


I hope it helps! If you need additional information about the Custom Fields Power-Up, you can find a Trello guide here.

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