Hello Trello


Straight to the point: I’d love to have a few free months of TRELLO GOLD before I save up enough to pay for a year’s-worth. You can help me do that. Just click the box…

Click this box below to learn about and start using Trello. It is quick and easy, and might–just might– make you an organized person at this late date! Not convinced? Read on…

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So think about who in your life needs a way to design and follow projects–family vacations, small business tracking, personal research or shopping projects, anything you can imagine. Sign up and use it for free. Check it out, use it yourself and then pass it along to your kids, colleagues, or family.  Thanks!

I generate and record ideas best using digital outliners (Ecco Pro going way way back, then Workflowy, CheckVist, OneNote) but  the way I remember best is visually and spatially. Outlines of hierarchical plain text are not the best tools for recall.

So in my researching one topic or another and in my trying to keep up with the details and dates for the organizations I’m involved with, I keep coming back to the most visually-customizable and adaptable way to remember what is going on in my life–the moreso as my own whimpy neurons are less able to do the heavy lifting.

The tool I use lets me see my details laid out multi-dimensionally. You may never have heard of it but you might be glad you’re about to, or to share the Trello link with someone it might work for very well.

It is called TRELLO. The free version is immensely useful and intuitive. But I need your help to go Gold. More about that in a minute.

Without geeking too much about this, Trello is a bulletin board of sorts, where you create columns of related drag-and-drop cards (these columns are called LISTS), with a list for each related category for any given bulletin board (or simply BOARD.) What boards, lists and cards you create will be unique to your project at hand.

Generally, one common way to use Trello is to sort the most important or timely cards at the top of a given list, and move cards in lists from left to right across the board as the project advances. The user can, in this manner, track the progress from idea to completion–from doing to done. And you can choose to share a board with team members or family to comment on some or all of your boards.

Each card–so very importantly–has an info-rich “back side” where you can create and record all sorts of important stuff–checklists, date information, web links, attachments, images and such.

Thanks for taking a bit of time in your own behalf–and MINE! Let me know of your successes with Trello!

Get Both a Focused and Bird’s Eye View of Your Tasks with Trello   http://lifehacker.com/get-both-a-focused-and-birds-eye-view-of-your-tasks-wit-1569848624


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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I either have an inferior brain or a more disordered life that most of the folks I hang with. There are exceptions. I have a neighbor-friend who runs a business mostly in Germany. He was over to the house a year ago describing his particular needs to have 18 staff working together. I told him about Trello which he had never heard of. Today he runs his business using it. My son operates all of his work with clients using Workflowy. And I know there are teachers across the country now managing everything their classes do using OneNote–which is truly one of the most useful applications of all time, and some person lead them to the software and showed them how it would meet a genuine need.

    Yes I have a special affliction but it is also at times useful for others—and for me, of course. Most folks just want to know as little as possible about the home computer, send a few emails, order a few doodahs and be done. My writing and hunting and storing and synthesizing information across a wide range of topics benefits from having a Swiss Army Knife of digital tools to make the work more efficient and even fun. Can’t help but want to share.

    And by the way, thanks much to Jeremiah–a long long time Fragments familiar–who just signed up for Trello and I got a month of Gold account–from which at least I will be able to create boards with background images from my photographs–a customization that aids memory and dresses up the place a bit! Thanks buddy!

  2. Ah, Fred! I think I remember Ecco Pro from the old days! In my increasing dottage the need to organize my life may be greater than ever but I have given up trying. I find that also as I age that expectations of others are fairly low so I can get away with it most of the time ;->! I have finally started keeping a calendar on my smartphone with any regularity and that seems to do the trick.

    I suspect that your periods of ennui may be the product of conflict between your need to collect data and organize it and your need to express yourself creatively. Have you thought about that? You have an interesting, engaged, and active mind and that is a good thing!