Hello to you! Today we are showing some (actually, a lot) of love for Trello – the free project and planning tool. I will also show you how to add more features to Trello that will make it even better and save you more time.
Sounds good? Let’s get into it!
Trello is loved and used around the globe for anything from meal-planning to keeping track of large projects. No wonder considering how user-friendly and flexible it is.
If you want to get even more out of the Trello experience, consider installing the free Chrome-extensions below. I use them myself and they are saving me time every single day, which lets me spend more time doing and less time planning.
The Ultimello extension doesn’t just add one additional feature to Trello, my favorite upgrades are:
Showing the cards count for each list
This simply shows a number at the top of each list with how many cards you have on that list. Extremely useful if you are using Trello for brainstorming, as a content-calendar or tend to have long lists.
Added list sorting options
Out of the box, you don’t have many options when it comes to deciding which order to sort your cards. With Ultimello you can sort them by due date, title, votes, last activity date, date of appearing in the list, creating date and by labels!
Link cards together
This feature lets you connect cards that aren’t even on the same lists. It can be used to keep track of progress in related projects or tasks or to help organize tasks in teams. It is even sophisticated enough to let you set cards as a parent, child or siblings to explain how they are connected.
The GTD extension only adds one additional feature, but if you use links in your cards this saves A LOT of time! What it does is make your link clickable from the list-view, so you don’t actually have to open the card to get access to the link.
One of the built-in features in Trello is allowing you to make to-do lists with checkboxes. Useful for a lot of scenarios, like adding sub-tasks to a card. One of the problems I’ve had with these check-boxes is that you have to open the card to check a box every time you finish a sub-task. Enter Next step.
With Next step, you can view and check your tasks from the listview without opening the card first. You can even customize how you want to see your to-do list. Another feature that suddenly makes the check-box option useful!
Planyway is a calendar planner for Trello. You might not be that impressed yet considering Trello does have a calendar power-up you can use.
Planyway, however, is far superior and my favorite feature is that you can easily drag and drop a card straight from a list into the calendar. Just as easily you can make the card stretch over several days in the calendar, useful for events and marketing activities and any other task that would go over a period of time.
Planyway completely changed how I use Trello in my workflow. With the other extensions mentioned above, I am now able to use Trello for far more projects and tasks than before, and what’s more, they are saving me a huge amount of time every month.
A perfect tool for freelancers, but also anyone else who could benefit from tracking how much time they spend on a task or a project. This is a browser extension for Chrome and installs in seconds.
Compatible with several apps which lets you track your time right from within the app, for instance, Trello, Slack, Podio, Todoist, Gmail and many many more.
When inside Trello, open a card then hit the “play” button to start tracking time. Easy to use, and a time-saver since you don’t have to access a different tab or application but can track time right inside Trello.
Every task you can optimize and complete faster and better is time saved for other things. I am always looking for ways to automate tasks, remove unnecessary steps and get things done in a shorter period of time! Do you have any time-saving gems to share? Let us know in the comments below!