Using Trello as an Idea Board

Trello may be know for its project management and task list management tools. But its User Interface seem to be based off an actual Post-It metaphor, which is good to generate or organise ideas.

A Digital Post-It note realised.

Recently Trello got accquired by Atlassian software. Good for them.

One tip I would share using trello is how you can use Trello as an idea board. Even if it is just for yourself.

I used to write in Evernote and prior to that in my notebooks. But I find that as things grow a single page document is not enough.

Even with endless pages I find that I cannot make comparisons or link them visually ideas and concepts.

see all ideas in one place.

Trello seems to use the Post-It metaphor in a digital space. Which is good if you do things like affinity mapping or want a broad overview of all the ideas in one place. Try doing that on a physical wall and you run out space.

How I use it?

I usually start off using Trello to collect links articles into various cards or writing into the comments section of each card. I create new boards for a new topic such as Working Ideas or Wishlists.

Use Checklist to quickly write ideas in the card as bullet points of things you want to see in each card.

I will then close Trello after collecting some notes, and re-look at it another day and seeing all the cards in the dashboard and continue to edit or change things around.

A Trello Card in Detail.
A Trello Card in Detail.

One thing not Replicated

The only thing lacking is the ability to scribble on mutiple noter bookmark a card or link cards together by tags.

But overall its a good system to bring your Post-It Notes thinking into a digital realm.

Do Check out the Trello Inspiration board for some cool ideas to kickstart your personal idea brainstorm.


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