Behind on Publishing Your Blog Posts? Trello to the Rescue

We’ve already established that Trello has a variety of unconventional business uses, including planning your webinars and keeping track of your metrics, and now I want to show you how you can manage your blogging system using it as well.

If you’re not already familiar with Trello, it is based on a Japanese concept called “kanban” boards, which help you focus on status in projects as opposed to due dates. This approach gives you a clear indication of where tasks are stopping, or becoming bottlenecks, and it’s visual, which can be appealing to all you right-brained entrepreneurs. :]

So let’s see how you can use Trello to manage your editorial calendar and help you make sure that you never miss publishing an article.

Unconventional Business Uses for Trello

Are you making the most of Trello?

If you’ve been using it to manage your daily to-do list, great!

While it’s an effective tool for organizing tasks, it can be used for so much more than that – which could help you be a more strategic, organized, and productive business owner.

Curious?

Here are four unconventional ways to use Trello for your business.

5 Things Only Online Business Owners Get

As an online entrepreneur, you know that running an online business comes with unique challenges and specific knowledge that people with a 9-5 or even a brick-and-mortar business simply won’t understand.

While working from home is often marketed to the masses as living a glamorous lifestyle, you’re well aware of the reality, and sometimes you wish that your loved ones understood the truth, too.

Want to Feel Productive at the End of Your Day?

Do you consistently check off all the items on your to-do list? Or do you find yourself reaching the end of each day and feeling overwhelmed with all that you didn’t finish? You still need to get each item done, but the amount of time and energy you have in one day is limited. So how can you stop feeling overwhelmed and conquer your to-do list once and for all? How can you end each day feeling satisfied with the work that you did and feel on track for tomorrow? Besides choosing one place to keep your to-do list, like Asana or Evernote, there are a handful of actions that many entrepreneurs forget to take that lead them to feeling constantly at the mercy of their to-do lists.   5 Practical Steps to Finally Conquer Your To-Do List  1. Choose the ONE thing that is going to move your business forward It is my experience that many entrepreneurs feel overwhelmed simply because they feel like they have to do everything themselves while also experimenting with new tactics. Getting caught up in busy work is often more comfortable than identifying priorities and implementing the tasks that will make the most impact. So, here’s the question you want to ask yourself: Are the tasks on my to-do list moving my business forward, or are they keeping me in the same place? If it’s the latter, those tasks should be systematized or delegated to a team member. When you choose one thing each day that is going to move your business forward, you can stop the feeling of never accomplishing enough and...

I Don’t Wish I Had More Time

Knowing what markers to look out for in order to reach your ultimate goal is imperative, but what about day-to-day?  How do you organize your daily workload so that you hit the milestones you’ve set for yourself? Certainly not by working harder.   As cliché as it sounds, it’s true. Working longer hours is not the way to get more stuff done. Isn’t this ironic? We live in an age of countless communication possibilities, yet we’ve never felt so trapped by the range of choices. This might sound unthinkable, but when I was growing up, I didn’t have a cell phone.  In fact, we didn’t even have a landline.  In the USSR in the 80s, if you wanted to find out if someone was home, the only way to know was if you stopped by.  Phones back then were a luxury. Shocking, isn’t it? I had seen cell phones only in American movies and didn’t aspire to have one—the bulky contraptions didn’t look lady-like at all! I also didn’t care about ever owning a computer.  All I knew was that the stacks of perforated cards my mom would bring home from work, after they were spit out by huge mainframe computers, were great to play with, draw images on and use as bookmarks. Oh, careless childhood! Fast forward 3 short decades and I can’t imagine my life without Apple products.   Each one of them is eager to deliver to me my new communications.  For every commitment scheduled in my calendar I receive 4 notifications, 1 on each device conveniently synced with each other.    How ridiculous is that? But...

Don’t Forget to Do this Before Taking a Holiday Break

What do you do to ready your business when you’re about to take some time off? Do you schedule your content in advance?  Alert your clients and virtual assistant?  Set up an autoresponder for emails? While these are all useful and necessary steps to do pre-vacation, there are some less practiced, but just as critical steps, that many entrepreneurs forget to take that would help them relax on their vacation with the peace of mind that everything is being taken care of. To see a full list of the tasks to complete before you take a vacation, get my Pre-Vacation Checklist.   (ATTENTION: If you already have access to my Checklists Folder I shared in this post, no need to re-optin.  Simply check the folder.  The Pre-Vacation Checklist is already there 🙂 ) Enter your name and e-mail below to get access to your pre-vacation checklist:Sign Me Up! 4 Actions Most Entrepreneurs Forget to Take Before Their Holiday Break  1.  Add buffer days to your calendar Many entrepreneurs will block their calendars for the dates that they’ll be away, which is great because it ensures they won’t have clients trying to book sessions when they’re on vacation. However, one action that’s easily overlooked is blocking off “buffer” days. Buffer days are used to take time to get back into the swing of things after your vacation. This could look like catching up on email, returning phone calls, readying invoices, or planning your upcoming week. When you block out buffer days on your calendar, you give yourself the time to comfortably get back into your routine.   2.  Create or update your...