3 Reasons New Moms Should Be Using Trello
As a new mom, your brain is everywhere. And nowhere. Yes, that doesn’t even make sense. That’s just how it works. BUT there are some things you can do to make sure that you flourish during your postpartum time and Trello is one of the biggest tools that I have used postpartum to keep my head on straight and our house mostly together.
I love Trello. I talk about it all the time. Everywhere, online and offline. Trello describes itself best, “Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process. Imagine a whiteboard, filled with lists of sticky notes, with each note as a task for you and your team. Now imagine that each of those sticky notes has photos, attachments from other data sources like BitBucket or Salesforce, documents, and a place to comment and collaborate with your teammates. Now imagine that you can take that whiteboard anywhere you go on your smartphone and can access it from any computer through the web. That's Trello!”
It is mainly used for business purposes but this mama is a systems nerd so I have figured out how to use it for homemaking and mom life. Learn how to use it + get boards to use for your homemaking and mom life, in my mini-course Trello for the Rockstar Homemaker!
3 Reasons New Moms Should Be Using Trello
1. Automate and Streamline Your To Do List
Ain’t no mama got time to rewrite to do lists! With Trello you can use the Card Repeater power-up to have daily or weekly or monthly tasks appear on your to-do list automatically. Yes, please!
Trello has helped me to keep my to-do list extremely organized, as well. I have my to-do list broken up into 9 sections on my to-do list board; business tasks, regular tasks, tasks, projects, urgent, in progress, completed, future tasks, and reference. My regular tasks list is where I keep track of daily to do’s like sweeping the floor and doing laundry, I created a “daily” card that repeats every single day and it includes a checklist of my daily tasks. Also on that list, I keep track of tasks that are for specific days of the week. For example, I have a card that repeats every Tuesday and the checklist on that card has cleaning the bathrooms and menu planning on it since those are tasks that need to be done on that specific day. More automating and lots of organizing.
2. You Don’t Have to Rely on Your Own Memory
I feel like with each kid you have, the worse your memory gets; so after three kids, my memory is practically nonexistent. Since Trello is available in an app for your phone and available on the web, it can go along with you everywhere! The reference list on my to-do list board is where I can keep track of little notes and if I need to write something more specific down like books to read or a blog post idea, they have their own boards to live on.
3. Streamline Menu Planning
Breastfeeding mamas gotta eat. I know I get hungry every time my daughter eats so that requires being prepared with lots of food on hand. I have seriously streamlined my menu planning process, thanks to Trello. I use two boards when menu planning, a menu planning board and a recipe boxboard.
On the recipe box board, I treat it like a physical recipe box. When I find a recipe I want to try, I create a new card on the board and in the description for the card I copy and paste the ingredients and sometimes even all of the steps as well. I also like to include a photo so that when I am scrolling through the board I can quickly see what looks tasty to me. To save a photo to a card you can either save a photo from the recipe’s website to your computer and upload it to the card or you can right click on the image and go to “copy image address” and paste the URL in the attachment area on the card. Once I have recipes on the recipe box board I can then simply copy the card over to the menu planning board. It’s so nice having the recipes all in one spot and organized and it makes menu planning easier since I just copy the cards over to the menu planning board.
In the menu planning board, I organize my meals by days of the week and I created little images to put on cards to act as dividers on lists to divide breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I often pull this board up on my phone so I can remember what meal is coming next. Because life revolves around food, especially when you are breastfeeding. Am I right!?
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed at the idea of learning something new while you’re already busy with a baby, not to worry! I have a mini-course called Trello for the Rockstar Homemaker that walks you through how to use Trello for homemaking and mom life! It's available now for $19 and if you purchase the course before Monday, September 3rd at 5pm EST, I will also give you a workbook to help you craft a family mission statement. Learn more, here!