I have two very different personalities:
- Anal retentive bordering obsessive compulsive: my life is hectic. Running two businesses while trying to get workouts in and squeeze in social time means I try and control every aspect of my life. Thankfully most of this happens digitally with colour coded calendars and digital post it notes. Otherwise my offices would be covered in sticky tabs and scraps of paper.
- The wild and creative: I get lost in my own thoughts, staring off into the distance, or focusing on some technique to create a better photo. I've been known to leave for hours on running photo missions or pick up and head to the mountains for a day without warning just to get some space and creative influence. I need time in my own head space.
I have learned to just accept these two very oppositional personalities and communicate to people around me which phase that I'm in. If a career in science and running a business ever taught me anything is that these two are absolutely necessary and important in maintaining my productivity and ironically my sanity. This app that I'm about to introduce to you somehow manages to keep things in check for me.
Trello is a simple and visual projects management application with powerful capabilities. Projects exist as boards that allow for collaboration with multiple members unique to each board. You can create lists within the boards that contain project notes, task lists, links, files, documents, you name it. As the project processes you can also create multiple lists that can be assigned to people in specific or professions in the project. Think about this management system as a conveyor belt assembly line. Trello does lack some of the knickknacks that more complex projects management systems have (time spent on components, summaries, etc...) but I think that's part of the strength. I can create something unhindered and then design an organizational system around it. The consistent user interaction across desktop, tablet, and phone is very powerful too. Check it out here and tell me what you think: https://trello.com