I’ve started using Trello on a daily basis for my writing needs. It was because two clients use it for tracking work and I thought I’d give it a try. It’s changed my ability to track my earnings and store my writing clips.
How do I use it?
It’s really simple, if I’m honest. I have two boards. One is for my daily writing tasks and finance tracking and the other is for all my ideas and wishes. I’ll likely expand them to other boards as I need to when I start writing full time again.
Using the Daily Writing Tasks Board
My daily board has a section for “To Do” and in there is a card for each day of the week. I had a comment of the tasks I need to do with the amount of money they are worth. When I’ve completed it, I’ll write DONE and then move onto the next. At the end of the day, I total up the amount I’ve earned and add that in the title, so at a glance I can see it.
Once a card is done, it’s moved into the “DONE” column. This stays up for the week and on the next Monday I’ll archive them.
The next board to that is the “2016-2017 Finance” for this tax year. I’ll make a note of the weekly earnings and any business outgoings I have.
My fourth column is for “2015-2016 Finance” and covers last year’s taxes so I can file them at a later date.
Using the Writing Ideas Board
Writing Ideas is just for what it sounds like: all the writing ideas I have. I have different columns for all my different blogs and places I write and my YouTube channel.
Within the columns are cards with the article/blog post title idea and sometimes I’ll add a comment with a bit more information if it’s needed. Sometimes I’ll have found a blog post that I want to link to or an image that gave me the idea.
Each time I write one of the ideas, I’ll attach the document (I always write in Word first) and then the link to where it is published. That just helps me to keep track of all my writing so I can easily link back at another date if necessary.
Other Board Ideas
I’m thinking about the other boards I’ll need on Trello, especially when I’m writing full time again. I want to keep track of all my news writing for various TV shows, so I’ll likely create a board for that. I also need one for my history tracking.
There are probably many others, like boards for blogs that I like to follow or links to information that I want to check another day.
Trello is becoming a useful tool and something I’m going to use for the foreseeable for my writing. As I use it more, I’ll share more with you right here.
Photos by Alexandria Ingham