Using Trello for project management and time tracking is one of the most common use cases we know. Infact, this card-based layout in Trello is ideal for tracking and managing projects. From jotting down notes to adding labels, assigning cards to team members to juggling between multiple boards - there are tons of things you can do on your Trello board to organize your (and your team's) work.
But is Trello only for team management?
The simple answer is NO. If you look at this Quora thread on how to use Trello in a more creative way, you'll see how Trello's user-base has transcended from only marketers to everyone!
Moving cards from left to right, adding checklists and due dates, changing board colors, or even turning a board public - Trello is one app that you can use for many other unique reasons. Here are a few different and unique ways in which Trello boards can be used.
7 Creative and Unique Ways to Use Trello Boards
(1) Turn Your Trello Board into Your Editorial Calendar
The lists and cards are the ideal setups to build an effective editorial calendar. There is no arguing that adding notes, moving cards from a to-do list to a published list, adding due dates and checklists make it easier to plan and organize your editorial board. And it’s not just us, even brands like ReadWrite and The Changelog does this! The best part? You can use Trello's Calendar power up to see the board in the calendar format. That gives you a scheduler-kind of feel. Infact, if you are planning your editorials on Google Sheets, simply connect Trello with Google Sheets and automatically create or update a card when changes are made in your Google Sheets. That way, you don't need to start from scratch! To save time, copy Trello’s editorial board to get started quickly.
(2) Create Your Personal To-Do list on Trello
There may be tons of to-do list apps that you can use, but turning your Trello board into your to-do list makes it more visual. You can drag and drop cards, add color codes, and change backgrounds all the while managing your to-do lists. You can either have a single board for all your to-do's - both personal and professional or have separate boards for personal and professionals. For instance, I have a single board for everything and it looks something like this:
Note: I keep changing the lists and labels as per my wish. I like how I can see everything at a glance when I look at the board.
(3) Plan your Finances and Investments on Trello
Initially, I thought managing finances and investments on Trello may not be a plausible idea. But then I started using Trello anyway, and voila! finances never looked so sorted. If you are looking to calculate your expenses, you can simply use the Scrum for Trello extension to do this. In simpler terms, from planning your next investments to getting reminders for next due dates to tracking your expenses - Trello lets you do it all in an agile way. If you want a guide on how to get started with your finances on Trello, take a look at how blogger Rea Ninja did for her finances.
(4) Plan a Vacation on Trello
It’s not easy to plan a vacation. To relax and enjoy your vacation, you need to plan and organize everything to smooth your vacation. From confirming reservations to daily activities, a vacation needs a lot of planning. I use Trello to plan my vacations, be it for a day or a week. because it’s easy to drag and drop. The best part? I have it on my phone so I am on track on-the-go. You can use Trello’s sample board to plan your vacation or create your own from scratch. Here's how my last vacation board looked like -
(5) Looking for a job change? Use Trello for your next job
A job hunt is not a one-day affair. It takes months or sometimes even years. It is easy to forget where you had applied and where you didn't in such a long time. There are n-number of things you need to do throughout the timeline when you are applying across various companies, and Trello is your best guide to keep everything organized for you. And it's not just you, even Lauren Moon, content marketing manager at Trello used Trello for her job hunt to get into Trello! Copy Trello’s sample job hunt board to get started.
(6) Setup your product roadmap on a Trello board
A business, when viewed in terms of projects, is an ongoing project. It includes building roadmaps, creating meeting schedules, planning launches, organizing cross-team works, IT Support, Product manuals, and so much more. To run a business, you will need to organize every bit of it so that you focus on getting the work done rather than micromanaging everything. For that, you can rely on Trello. Trello, infact, has a host of business templates to get your business up and running. For instance, below is how the product roadmap template looks like. You can make amends as much as you want, but it’s always great to have something ready to work on rather than building from scratch!
(7) Planning a Marketing Campaign with Trello
Trello is essentially designed to help you be more productive. It comes with several power-ups to automate parts of it. And this is exactly why planning a marketing campaign is so easy with Trello. You can have boards for each stage of your marketing campaign - ideation, implementation, monitoring, and retrospective. Or, you can have one single board with multiple lists. Create cards, checklists, and assign them to your team members.
Sync Trello with your calendar, marketing automation tool, CRM, Google Sheets, and internal messenger so that everything is interconnected and automatically updated for you. To get an idea of how to get started, download the free eBook designed by Trello and Hubspot on how to use Trello effectively to build a marketing campaign. You can directly get access to all the sample boards to start using them right away.
Putting it all in a nutshell, Trello is all about lists placed horizontally on one page with cards that move from left to right. Trello is agile, flexible, and easy to use - and it can be used for any random use case you can think of. If there is planning or tracking involved, Trello is your ideal choice. So, what are you using Trello for?