I was writing more poems today as well as jotting down several ideas for other poems and collections of poems. I started to think maybe I should buy a bunch of index cards and write the poems–or at least their titles–on the cards so I can organize them into themes/collections and move them around as needed. Then I remembered Trello.
For those who have never used Trello, it’s one of the many online project management/collaboration tools people use for work. I have used many such tools, and I don’t particularly like any of them for work purposes. I find it just as easy to send an e-mail for the projects I work on. But, one of my previous clients used Trello a lot and I gained some familiarity and comfort with it while I worked with them. To its credit, Trello created a mascot which is a Siberian Husky named Taco (two of my favorite things in life in one mascot!), which made it more memorable and user-friendly than some of the other tools I was required to use. Even so, when our projects were finished, I moved on and almost forgot about Trello, until now.
I realized Trello will work great for keeping my poems and other writing projects organized. It basically works like an online bulletin board with sticky notes. For example, I can create a general board and call it Poetry. On that board, I can then create Lists. Each List could be the title of a collection, say Memories. Then under each list I can create several “Cards” which are like post-it notes. The Cards can have the title of a poem, and if I want, the entire text of the poem can be pasted into it as well when I open it up. Each time I write a new poem, I can make it a card on one of my existing lists, or create a new list for a new collection.
I also decided to show Trello to my two oldest kids, to ask if they’d like to use it to keep track of their weekly goals/assignments/projects. For example, they can have 3 basic lists — To Do, Doing, and Done. On each list, they can have various tasks, with as much detail as they want to include. Then, say something on the “Doing” list gets done–they simply drag it into the Done column, and we all have an easy reference of all the work they’ve completed. (And I can fill out my quarterly home school reports much faster!) They both liked it and agreed to give it a try for the next few weeks.
I have to admit, I’m so much more excited to use this tool for personal projects than professional ones. Hopefully it will serve us well. Here’s a screen shot from Trello to show you what it looks like:
Isn’t it cute? If you have used it, decide to use it, or maybe use something even better, I’d love to hear about it!