If you’ve been following our Tweets, you know that Anil and I are pretty crazy about Trello: my favorite mom app. It’s a collaboration tool, aimed at making the management of projects more agile. Anil uses this at ArchiveSocial and although not required, I have been using it at work to manage my day-to-day tasks.
I always admire moms who keep every little detail about everything in their heads. It didn’t take me long to realize that I’m not one of those people. As a startup founder wife, I’m responsible for the vast majority of our household tasks, child rearing, and finances right now. That’s ok. I approach it all with the best attitude I have to give. I signed up for it. The tides will turn at some point. Sometimes I even feel like I’m ROCKING it in all my worlds, not just at work. And then someone points out that Dilan’s nails really need to be cut and I feel like the world’s most disorganized mom again.
It’s difficult for ANY mom to keep track of it all. The good news is, this doesn’t mean that you have to walk around like you still have pregnancy brain. Trello’s iPhone app will keep you in check. It’s wonderful in so many ways and you HAVE TO check it out for yourself. It’s free to sign up and start using it. Not convinced that you need it? Well, let me tell you how it inspired Anil and I to start using it at home and for the baby too!
Trello: My Favorite Mom App
Freezer meal organization: For a super energetic 12 month old, and working-24-7-daddy-and-mommy, freezer meals become pretty darn important. We rely on frozen meals (mostly home cooked ones and leftovers, though we’re no strangers to the occasional store-bought pizza) at least a few times a week. I initially pictured coming home from work and peacefully cooking dinner while my son would keep himself entertained with his toys. I’ll pause for a moment to allow you to laugh and catch your breath. Nothing wrong with healthy freezer meals in my book. They do need organization, though. Enter Trello and ta daa! All of a sudden you have boards for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and freezer supplies. Kind of like your own Pinterest without the pics. We add dates and checklists for multiple items and archive or delete meals as we eat them. Not sure what to pack for lunch for tomorrow? Simply check the lunch Trello board to see what’s available. We even add descriptions of what type of containers we store the food in. It takes 30 seconds to record a new item. No brainer.
Deal voucher log: You know all those Groupons and LivingSocial deals you have? If you’re like us, you buy quite a few of those and if you’re not careful, it’s pretty easy to lose track of them. We started a “Deal voucher” board just to keep track of these. We enter in expiration dates and move the used ones to the “Done” board when they’ve been used. Saves time and especially money!
Home stuff: I know this sounds so general, but there are always things to do around the house. Whether it’s ordering a new sports coat for an upcoming conference or fixing a leaky faucet in the bathroom, we store all those little to-dos here so that they get out of our heads and into our virtual brains: the Trello boards and cards. On our home Trello board for this month? Re-organizing our coat closet, getting our AC vents cleaned out, and planning what we’re doing on the only two weekends that we have left this year when Anil is not traveling or we’re not supposed to go see friends or family. Yikes!
People and gifts: This board literally saved me during maternity leave earlier this year. With a newborn, you get tons of gifts from people (which is SO awesome). That also means a load of hand-written thank you cards, emails, and at the very least, a Facebook message or Twitter mention. Hey, we’re two GEN-Yers, so we can get away with that, right? :-). Trello helped me keep track of those outstanding thank-yous and gifts that had to be purchased for others. Wonderful. I know some of you are thinking about how you never received anything from me now. The solution? Please comment on this post so I can add a card for an apology note to this Trello board! 😀
That about wraps it up. I did some Googling to find out how others use Trello and found this post on the Trello blog: http://blog.trello.com/how-do-you-use-trello-contest-winners/. Darn! Next time, we’re entering the contest! If you use Trello, we would love to find out how it makes your life easier!