So 2016 comes rolling in with the usual regularity, pomp and ceremony (and alcohol for those inclined), along with a slew of promises to do things better – or not at all!
This year, as ever, I wont be making promises to either myself, or the general public at large, and instead have tried to set some achievable, and some not quite so, goals. Under the vain assumption that if I manage something within my meager capabilities I’ll be so overcome with a sense of awesomeness, that I’ll go for something bigger.
I’ve started using Trello to manage what I need to do to achieve these goals, on a step-by-step basis.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
— Lao Tzu
Trello is based on the GTD (Getting Things Done) method of time-management, and simply breaks down big tasks in to little steps. You make a ‘card’ with the goals and figure out the steps to get there, then you do them and tick them off.
The idea being that “moving planned tasks and projects out of the mind (by recording them externally) and then breaking them into actionable work items. This allows one to focus attention on taking action on tasks, instead of on recalling them”.
Sweet! Just what I need!!
Trello is free, though you can buy some extra options if you need something a little more; and no — I’m not getting any commission for this post! (Maybe I should ask them?). We use it at the office all the time for planning and moving forward on projects, it’s sharing options are extremely useful for that.
So, let’s see what 2016 brings us and hope from something great