After sharing (or should I say “confessing”? 🙂 ) my many interests and current projects a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been asked: “Have you done a post on juggling multiple interests? I’d love to read that for tips and advice!”, so I thought it might be easier to write a whole blog post about it instead of just a super long comment.
My secret weapon is, once again, Trello. I have a bunch of boards to manage my several projects and interests there, and I even shared my books and music ones few months ago. Here are the ones I use the most when it comes to blogging.
Not pictured above, I also have a board called University where I keep track of my exams, conferences, and seminars, inspired by Clarissa’s video.
I already shared my Editorial Calendar on my guest post for Francesco’s blog a couple of weeks ago, so you can take a look there. Travelling Geek Show and Middle-earth News are shared with my team members and we use them to organize our work for the websites, we basically have lists for each category of the website and cards for each task.
The Big Picture board is still a work in progress, but it’s like my big plan, it’s where I keep a list of all my current projects and I add info like links and schedules inside each card. Keeping them all together, makes me realize how much I have on my plate and what I should/would like to drop.
Then I have my Dashboard, this board stays open all the time, here I store all the info about courses and classes I purchased or I subscribed for free in the past few years. I have a list I use to bookmark links and tools I use, it’s easier having them all there instead of saved in Chrome, it had become too cluttered lately so I moved some stuff on Trello and now I can have a bird’s eye view of my whole internet life. I also keep some templates for my blog posts and things like that there.
The best part? Trello is free and you can use the app on your smartphone or tablet too. I used to store many of these things in Evernote, but it wasn’t easy to find them for me (no matter how organized my notebooks were and how many tags I used), with Trello I have everything in front of me!
An additional resource that inspired me a lot to finally move everything to Trello is this free video training by Dana Malstaff of Boss Mom.
I hope this post inspired you to give Trello a try and to not give up to your side-projects. 🙂