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Trello to the Rescue

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Trello is my newest, hopefully enduring, writing tool. It’s a tool for teams, although I’m finding it very useful for my individual work. Basically, it organizes projects into boards. Looking at a board, you can tell everything you need about your work. The trick is in how you set it up. 

My master Trello board has several boards. One is shared with a client. One is shared with a collaborator on a project. Two are for my own use.

Trello Boards 01

When I click on one of these boards, it reveals a board beneath it that is specific to that topic. This is what I find when I click on Freelance Writing.

Freelance Board 01

Each of these cards then has whatever I choose to associate with that card. In this instance, I’ve used Power-Ups Google Drive to create and attach a file named Sample Card. Once I click on Edit in Google Docs, I’m good to go. Whatever I enter will be saved in the document.

Sample Card

In the same way, I can create any other sort of Google document type and have it attached to the card. When I want to edit the doc, I just go into the document on the card.

Google Choices

I have a partner who could manage an empire from a card table with an index card. Not so the case with me. With Trello, I’ve been able to organize my workflow for projects. I can see what’s going on at a glance.

I know there are other products that can do this – or portions of this. Among them are Scrivener (which I use for other purposes) and Endnote (which I use for other purposes), to name two. For me, using Trello as the interface to my Google Drive has actually made my life simpler and my writing time more productive.

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