Trello – My Newest Best Friend

I live my life in a perpetual state of being unorganized and behind. Whether at work or home, it always seems like I have too many projects going and I never seem to know where to start or what to do next on a given project. So, I’ve spent the last few days searching around the web looking for apps to help with handling large projects.

I kept seeing Trello mentioned on a lot of pages as being a useful tool. Now, I had dabbled with Trello before, but never really took a closer look at it, but now that I see it popping up so often, I decided to take a closer look and play around with it. I am so glad I did. It’s awesome!

You can take any project and break it down into the various tasks that you need to do to complete this project, and then put those up on a board where you can work with them. It’s the digital equivalent of the old method of pinning 3×5 cards to a corkboard. You can drag the cards between various stacks as needed. For instance, here is a Trello board that I set up for the project I talked about in my last post (updating my Asteroid Runner Game to Unity 5):

TrelloLayout

As you can see, I have various cards stacked vertically. Each column is called a “List” and when I started, all the cards were in the “Tasks” list. As I work on them, I move them to various other lists, such as “Completed” or “In Progress”. You can make as many lists as you want, and customize the names to whatever you want to call them.

The colored bars you can see on some of the cards are called “Labels”. You can add labels to each card if you want, to help coordinate how they work together. Plus you can filter the cards based on these labels. And the labels are totally customizable. For instance, here is the Label list for the above Trello board:

TrelloLabels

So, if I wanted to fire up Photoshop and work on all the sprites that I needed to do for the game, I would just filter the board to only show all the cards that have green labels on them. That would show me what I needed to do while I had Photoshop open.
It’s really pretty cool… and best of all, it’s FREE!

You can have multiple people working on a project, and they can each update the board. I think there are additional features you can use if you pay a fee, but that’s more if you have a bigger team, and need some additional features that I simply don’t need at this time.

It’s a great program. Check it out! 🙂

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