Why Is Trello So Hard?

I’m getting ready for an Organic Audience Growth Sprint and the person leading it is asking us all to set up a Trello account.

Over thirty years of the world of work, the last twenty-five running my own business, has exposed me to several productivity tools but none, bar one, has really stuck.

My second favourite was the ‘7 Habits Of Highly Effective People’ weekly worksheet, which I diligently created and colour-coded on my computer, then printed off, folded sideways and inserted in my leather Filofax.  Remember Filofaxes?  I loved mine.  I had the A5 size in black textured leather, which was a Christmas Present in 1998 as I recall. It went with me everywhere and had everything I needed to run my busy life in it.

Nowadays, I settle for a simple black Moleskine notebook, feint-lined.  Used by the artists and writers who used to hang out in Montmartre at the turn of the last century, I immediately feel exponentially more creative when I break the cellophane on a new one, find the quality control sticker and stick it on, before filling in the ‘In case of loss…’ and ‘Reward offered’ section.  I know this book is going to have important things written in it, I am sure it will help me generate lots of ideas.

I use two pages for a week and have it laid out just like my ‘A Better Entrepreneur’ week planner (also available in Pink and Black) which I sell on Amazon. I should be using my own planner, I know I should, but I’m finding it hard to wean myself off the super thin, slightly creamy coloured paper used by Moleskine, it’s a lovely texture, silky to the touch and a joy to write on with a good sharp nibbed pen.

On the right-hand page I write the date and draw a little 8x8 square box where I track the new positive habits I’m working on and I tick a box each day to see if I was successful, then I add up my score each day and each week.  

Under that is my Focus Of The Week, my To Do  and Blog Ideas sections.  I also have one of the latter in Notes on my phone, for the rate occasion I don’t have my Moleskine with me. 

It fits neatly in my over-the-shoulder travel purse, my raffia beach bag and of course, my ‘good’ Italian leather handbag which would, quite frankly, fit an elephant in it. Tough to carry though which is why it stays in the bottom of my wardrobe most of the time.

On the left-hand page there is a Notes section where I record all sorts of random stuff that comes up during the week and at the bottom is an Important Notes section, where I put what I want to be able to find easily later.  I should number the pages and then index those things on the back page, but I can rarely be bothered, finding that anything that important tends to stay in my head till actioned.

I’m pretty damned efficient at taking action, most of the time, in fact some might argue that I take action too quickly, sprinting off like the proverbial hare in what I always think is the right direction.

But sometimes things do slip through the cracks, which is why I was up for the idea of using Trello and being convinced of it’s worth in my efficiency routine.

I diligently downloaded the template supplied (how much easier could it get?) and in spite of my misgivings about the garish colours chosen for the backgrounds, I followed the instructions as given, to set the thing up.

I even pinned it to my Chrome browser so it wouldn’t just get closed and forgotten.

But it did.

Chrome hung one day and necessitated a computer restart and even though I pressed the button to bring back my tabs, Trello didn’t make it.

And I’ve not seen it since.

The Organic Audience Sprint starts next week, so I suppose I’d better look willing and open it up and dust it off, but I’m still not convinced.

Even though you can always teach this old dog new tricks - "Exhibit A" being ChatGPT - I’m skulking about in my kennel with a sulky expression over Trello.

Photo by Efe Yağız Soysal on Unsplash


7 habits, 7 habits highly effective people, filofax, getting things done, moleskine, Productivity, steven covey, time management, to do list, trello

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