Trello is a fantastic organisational tool that can be used both for project management and editorial planning.
It's free, intuitive, and a general life saver for business owners and bloggers alike. If you haven't tried it yet, I would highly recommend taking a look around to find out how it could work for you.
Here is just one of the many ways I use Trello to organise my daily life; creating a blogging editorial calendar.
Above is a Trello board I have created for my personal blog, The Cornish Life. I have created 4 lists within this board:
- Ideas (this is where I write down any blog post ideas that pop into my head)
- In Draft (this includes blog posts that I'm working on right now)
- April (blog posts scheduled/posted in April)
- May (blog posts scheduled/posted in May)
I like to have a clear view of 2 months at a time, but once I move on to June, I will archive the April list so that it no longer appears on my board. This just helps to keep things simple and organised.
Let's take a look inside the cards in my lists:
As you can see, you can add plenty of different elements of detail to your cards (or as I like to call them in this situation, Blog Post Outlines). By adding an attachment as I have done above, the image I have uploaded becomes a thumbnail for the card. I like to be able to see all my blog posts' featured images at a glance to see how they look together in a list.
I have also added a Checklist (these can be customised for each card, but I generally just have 3 stages to tick off as I go along), a Due Date (this plays a big part in the Calendar view that I'll discuss in a moment) and a Label.
You can change the meaning of the different coloured labels for each board, by clicking on the little pen icon next to each one. For my editorial calendar, I have a label for published posts, scheduled posts, in progress posts and posts I need to start. Colour coding like this helps me see at a glance on my board what I still need to work on and what's planned for each month.
Now comes the fun part - enabling Calendar view. To do this, simply go to 'Show Menu' in the top right-hand corner of your board, click the Menu dropdown and select 'Power-Ups'. There you'll find the option to enable Calendar View.
Trello Power-Ups don't cost you extra; they are only disabled by default so that your screen is as clean and clutter-free as possible. Once Calendar View is enabled, you should see the little Calendar icon and link next to your 'Show Menu' link in the top right.
Now you have a visual representation of your month and planned blog posts. Any cards that have Due Dates will appear here, including their labels. This makes it easy for me to see quickly what has been published and what is still scheduled!
I hope you find this useful and it has encouraged you to check out the awesome tool that is Trello! They also have an app for iPhone and iPad, so you can add blog ideas and check your planned posts on the go.