Comments on a better you thru machines

On twitter I read this post:


Since I have a wordpress blog and like a challenge, here is the daily post in my Zero to Hero sequence.

Write a post that builds on one of the comments you left

For my previous Zero to Hero assignment, I commented on a better you thru machines by Elizabeth Bland. She wrote about her pack of apps to get her things done. I use this kind of posts to build my own pack.

Betsy uses Trello, which I discovered recently on this How I work post on Lifehacker.com. Since there are a million and one ways to use Trello: here is my setup / workflow.

I use Trello to keep track of my tasks. I have boards per project, per week and some personal things. Screenshot below. The boards are alphabetically ordered, so being able to group them this way was pure luck 😉

Trello boards

Read about the different board types below.

Project board

When I start a new project I create a board with the name of the customer and a card with the logo. Then I start to create cards for everything I have to do / remember, like “call this person and ask that” or “backup this file before releasing”. The Done list I rename to the Date and add more Date lists for the days I work on the project.

Trello project

Then the project completes. I make a screenshot of the Trello board and save it to Evernote. After that I archive/close the board.

Weekly board

Every week I start a new board with the number of that week. Next year I will delete the old “Week 3” board or remove all cards from it and reuse it. The Done list gets renamed to the Date as I do with the Project boards.
I use the 1-3-5 method where I create cards for 1 big thing, 3 mediocre things and 5 small things. Reading email at 11:00 and 16:00 are the two small things I always add in the morning.

Trello week

Then as the day goes by I move cards from the To Do to the Doing to the Date list. Hoping to finish my To Do list at the end of the day. Tomorrow I start fresh and add my 1-3-5 cards again and create a new List for that Date.

Personal board

For my personal projects I also use Trello. To distinguish work from pleasure I make these boards green. The screenshot below shows my Half Marathon planning in the Trello Calendar Power-Up.

Trello personal

I have no default configuration for Personal boards. Just let it flow and do what feels best.

About erictummers

My work as a recruited developer changes almost every month. I like challenges and sharing the solutions with others. On my blog I’ll mostly post about my work, but expect an occasional home project, productivity tip and tooling review.
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