Hands down, we live in one of the best eras as far as technology goes. I mean, at a click of a button we’ve got a world of like-minded people to connect with. We can create images like graphic designers and write blog posts in minutes using a bunch of really cool, easy – and usually free digital tools.
But it’s not all fun and games… Like with most things in life, there’s got to be a little balance – too much of a good thing is never really a good thing.
Here’s what I mean… Say you’ve just started a blog. Now you have all these cool ideas of what you want to write, but you don’t really know where to start. Then you realise you’ve got to set up some social media accounts so people actually know about your blog. And then… you’ve got to make time to engage with other bloggers, research topics, be on social media, etc. Suddenly it all feels a little overwhelming.
Brain fart moment. PANIC sets in. You feel overwhelmed. HELP!!!
Haha, relax… I promise, it’s not just you. This tends to be a typical creative / introvert / dreamer problem. Sometimes our brains just have too many ideas and we need to learn to take a step backwards, take a deep breath and juuuuust FOCUS. Sounds easier said than done, hey? I know…. But I tell you what, I’ve just started using some online planning and scheduling tools and they’ve made the WORLD of difference.
Not only to the way I work. But to how I feel mentally too. It’s like my brain is literally thanking me for calming the F*$k down.
So I thought I’d share a really helpful digital planning tool that I’m using right now. If you’re in that overwhelmed space, or you just need a little more order in your life – I highly recommend giving it a try.
I discovered this little gem last year when I was working in corporate. It was SO helpful while we were in the midst of chaos launching three websites in under a year. Lots of collaborations, lots of deadlines. I love this online planning tool because it’s so simple to set up and use. No fancy shmancy nonsense.
HOW IT WORKS:
Basically you add a bunch of “boards” – as many as you like. Then, you add “cards” to each board. And then… you add little lists and checklists to each card. Pretty cool.
Team collaboration: You can add team members to your board and assign tasks too, so everyone is in the loop. Very handy. I imagine this would work really well for virtual teams.
To give you an idea, here’s a test board I quickly set up as an example:
I like having a “DONE” card at the end. I use this to move across all my completed lists – nothing more satisfying than digitally “checking off” something that’s finished. Then, I just delete the card if there are no more lists underneath, or I keep it empty if I know I’ll be using it again.
(Oh, I see I just created that whole example BEFORE checking… they’ve got a “Welcome Board” right there with a tutorial too – so you there you go, it’s even easier than you could have imagined!)
One more thing…
If you’re into backgrounds for your desktop like I am, you’re going to LOVE Trello. Last year they just had a bunch of boring colours. This year, they’ve added a ton of fun and fresh high-quality images to choose from – cityscapes, nature, coffee… you name it. I always feel way more inspired to work if I have a pretty background or work space.
You can check out or sign up to Trello here.
Happy digital planning!