We’re all looking for the latest productivity hacks – techniques to stay organized, to increase our effectiveness and to reduce our workloads. While I’ve always favored the good old “to-do list” via pen-and-paper, I’ve finally decided to ditch the sticky-notes for a free project management tool that is both practical and fun.

Drumroll, please…

It’s called Trello, and it’s about to change the way you manage your workflow.

Trello is a virtual bulletin board that allows you to organize and track your projects, from small nuggets of information to the big picture. It’s free and incredibly easy to use.

With Trello, projects are represented by boards. Boards contain lists, which denote the various stages of a project, from “to-do” to “done.” Within each list, cards are used to contain slices of information or to denote individual tasks. A single card can be used to store heaps of information, such as comments, due dates, pictures, files, hyperlinks, and more. You can even keep track of the little to-dos by making a checklist within a card.

Not only can Trello can be used for increasing your personal productivity, it’s a great collaboration tool for a team of people. Invite members to your board to collaborate on a single project or multiple workflows. Members can all add cards, move cards, upload attachments, and more. With a shared Trello board, you can cut down on email traffic and quickly improve your team’s productivity, efficiency, and communication.

As if I hadn’t already convinced you, Trello can be used for more than just your professional life. As their tagline suggests, you can truly “organize anything.” Use Trello for personal organization, to stockpile recipes, design a nursery, or create a board to plan your next vacation. It’s where Pinterest meets productivity, and the possibilities are endless.

Improve your productivity today in just a few easy steps:

  • Step 1: Sign up for Trello
  • Step 2: Create a board
  • Step 3: Invite team members (optional)
  • Step 4: Create lists
  • Step 5: Add cards
    • Attach files, pictures, and hyperlinks
    • Add labels
    • Add checklists
    • Assign to team members
  • Step 6: Create more boards!

So ‘round file’ those sticky notes and to-do lists, and climb aboard the new age of project management. Ready. Set. Trello.

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