Anandi is a Pheonix-based software project manager, mother of 2, and a lover of both systems + paper! After many years of digital interactions, I consider her an online friend. We had a really fun discussion about her current digital organizing system on Trello, and then veered off to talk about some of our favorites on paper!
Mentioned in the episode:
I’m not sure she wants me to publicly share her board, but there are columns labeled:
Take Care of Myself Physically + Mentally
Be a Great Mom, Wife, Daughter + Friend
Educate My Children Well
Have Fun Scrapbooking
Create a Welcoming + Organized Home
I can’t believe there are only a few episodes left until 2022! Currently, I am planning one on wellness planners/journals (JMB Living + Oprah Daily!), one on end-of-year goal setting, and one on my 2022 planner stack + systems. Future topics + guest suggestions welcome!
For the record, Anandi is a truly amazing scrapbooker! She had a small scrapbooking business a few years ago and made lovely baby albums for my older two kids. I’m sure it wasn’t really worth her time, but I absolutely wish she would go back into business again 🙂
@Chelsea that is so kind. I loved doing that but when I went back to work it was totally not viable anymore 🙁 Plus I got really behind on my own scrapbooking when I was scrapping for other people! Maybe it will be a good retirement business for me! Hope you all are well, btw!
Because I’m a flighty paper planner, I restarted my nuuna Bullet Journal last week and am loving it. I think that is winning for my 2022 system, with the occasional detour to my Passion Planner Daily. (Sometimes I just want a layout to fill out, and not have to construct one.)
Putting recurring tasks/projects into Trello was the best reason for going digital. I have my 20+ step Weekly Review as a template that I just click to create a new card each week, a similar shorter Monthly Tasks one, and one for my Simple Scrapper creative team responsibilities (I make 2 scrapbook pages for their magazine each month, and have to document and upload them). These templates help ensure I don’t miss any steps and make it clear what I need to do next.
That’s a good idea to use it for templates! I have a Trello account that is underused. I’m great at capture, but I really need that configure step that Cal Newport talks about. I just need to figure out how to make Trello work better for me.
Thanks for the great conversation.
I loved listening to this discussion, I’m always seeking ways to use Trello more efficiently. At my work we use Kanban in Microsoft Teams and I use Trello for home life. I have set up my categories with a hybrid of life goal areas (eg Xmas, Summer, Life admin/finances, Health, decluttering, Things to remember) plus the Kanban approach of time horizons. I drag tasks from each of life goal area columns into my time horizons column when I do weekly and monthly reviews. ( eg This week, Later, 2022).
I haven’t worked out how to do templates and recurring tasks in Trello yet. Anandi where did you find out this information please? And/or Sarah, can we have a follow-up podcast to talk about this please! 🙂
@Julie – I don’t have automatic recurring tasks – I just have templates I use to manually create cards for my Weekly Review and Monthly tasks, etc. I just keep them in a column called ‘Templates’ on my board and grab one when I need it. I suspect there’s a way to use the automation to automatically create one at an interval but it probably requires the paid subscription.
What was the Korean planner brand you mentioned?
Ahh yes I forgot to mention!! It’s called ByFullDesign. Will see if I can find a link ….
Here you go! https://www.fallindesign.com/byfulldesign-2022-making-memory-medium-dated-monthly-planner/
This is just one of many by the brand i believe.
Really loved this episode (and so many others)–this podcast has me so inspired to try to get to a better planning system for some upcoming major life changes and while I’m not a huge digital planning person, I do like the idea of not having to transfer to-dos week to week when I don’t get things done….will check out Trello! Any places where there are nice examples of Trello boards? (Totally get Anandi wanting to keep hers private!) Thanks Sarah, really appreciate you!