Hello! Today I’m writing a post with advice on how to utilize Trello to plan your reading, reviews, and posts. Trello has become a popular productivity tool in offices, allowing workers to made shared to-do lists and quickly assign tasks to others. In fact, I learned about this tool initially at an internship.
A few months after starting my blog, I realized that Trello could be the perfect tool for keeping track of what I need to read and when. Here’s how I organize my board in a clear and easy format.
- Sign up on trello.com and make a board for your blog. Since I alone run this blog, I made a personal board. However, Trello works perfectly for team efforts as well. If more than one person works with you, make a shared board and give everyone access to it. Then, you can assign tasks to individual people.
- Start making “to-do” or “done” lists! Make sure they’re in order. For example, my first list is “to be read” and my last list is “Reviews: done”. Everything in between is in chronological order.
Overview of the Trello Board for my TBR and blog posts:
The first part of my trello board is a list of “To be Read” books. This is the longest list, of course, because I continue to buy more books than I can ever possibly read. I try to list these books in the order in which I hope to read them, but that’s more of a vague guideline.
The next part is a list of “ARCS to be read”. This list is typically more pressing as I try to read and review ARCs by or before the date they are published. But……. as you can see by the length of this list, that doesn’t always happen. Trello allows you to add a due date to your cards, so I always add the publishing date to my ARC TBRs. Then, I list them from earliest to latest date. The date will turn red when they are coming up soon or passed.
Next, I have a “reading in progress” list. I tend to start reading a ton of books at once, but this helps me prevent that. I keep track of everything that i’m reading here and make sure that there are never more than three books on that list. Once I start reading a book, I drag the book’s card on Trello from the “To Be Read” to the “Reading in Progress” list.
After that, there is a short list titled “Read”. This is only for books that I have finished but have decided not to review. I can come back to them and write a review in the future, but for now I haven’t.
Next there’s “Reviews: To-Do”. Once I finish a book and decide to review it, I move the card to this list. There are typically only one or two books on this list at a time.
Finally, I have a list of “Reviews: Done”. This is a really simple way to quickly view all of the reviews I’ve posted on my blog in chronological order.
I also include couple other lists for post ideas that are unrelated to books. Once I think of a good idea for a post, I add it to the “Post Ideas” list (the idea for this post was on that list). Once I write the post, I move it to the “Done” list. Because of this, if I ever find myself unable to think of something to post, I can just go to Trello and look at the list of “Post Ideas”.
Trello gives you a lot of freedom to organize your ideas in a way that works best for you. In includes features like due dates, color-coded cards, stickers, and notifications. Many bloggers recommend using an editorial calendar, and this is basically the form of editorial calendar that I use. I believe it works especially well for book bloggers or reviewers of any type.
Let me know how you organize your TBR!