In this post, I'll share 3 tools with you, that can help you take your productivity to the next level. Actually, it's more of a 3-tools-in-one Swiss Army knife kind of deal: the first tool is the task management app Trello (which you can use for free). The second tool is a specific Trello setup that I use for personal productivity (and I'll walk you through exactly how to set it up). Finally, the third tool is a a collection of my favorite, time-saving shortcuts in Trello.
Combine all 3 and you'll be blazing through your daily tasks like never before!
Check out the video to see my exact setup and strategy.
If you're already familiar with Trello, two significant points in the video you may want to skip to are:
- 01:28 - overview of the lists I create for the personal productivity board.
- 09:05 - tricks and shortcuts to make Trello more efficient.
In case you're not familiar with it yet, Trello is a project management and task management app that works in your browser and on your phone. It's loosely based on the Kanban project management method, but you can customize it to suit many different scenarios.
Trello has become wildly popular over the last few years and one of the reasons is that it's not only fast and easy to use, it's also basically free forever. They do have a premium plan, but you can use it for yourself and even with large teams, with no noticeable restrictions. If you've never used it before, I highly recommend you give it a try.
Having a strong system makes a big difference to productivity. But no matter how good your system is, it's no guarantee for getting things done.
If you struggle with procrastination, then a system like the one presented here probably won't fix that problem. But don't despair, I've got some other useful resources for you:
If you are prone to "procrastination by perfectionism" and endlessly working on things, tinkering with things and tweaking things (but never publishing them), watch this video. Then, listen to this podcast episode.
If your procrastination feels more like laziness, then your prescription is to read this blog post and then listen to this podcast episode.
This should give you all the tools you need to get started and get more stuff done. Would you like to see more Trello tutorials in the future? I've been working with it for a long time and have many systems for using it, both for myself and for teams. Let me know if you have specific types of work you struggle to manage or specific questions about how to use a tool like Trello by leaving a comment below!