Trello as an ideas board
I’m a big fan of Trello. Its flexibility and lack of a defined ‘way of doing things’ means that I find myself using it for more and more tasks - everything from project management, to personal to-do lists. One of these is as a really simple and effective way to keep track of ideas.
My ‘Ideas’ board consists of 4 lists:
Any idea immediately goes on this list. There’s huge value in putting ideas down somewhere - it allows you to leave them to rest for a while, and build on the good ones later. A lot of really bad ideas have gone onto this ‘New’ list. Some of them stay there for a day when I have the time or resources to work on them, some graduate on to being built, and others get archived when I realise it’s simply not a good idea.
Ideas that I’m currently working on, no matter what stage of build it is in. Where necessary, a project will get its own board to manage tasks and status.
If you can enter a URL and see the idea in the wild, it goes here. Obviously, the process of maintaining and iterating continues, but it allows me to see at a glance which ones are currently ‘public’.
Ideas don’t always stick around. Some are just crap and never get started, some don’t work, some expire (eg if they’re time-sensitive in some way), and some are sold off. It’s still good to be able to reflect on these ideas, so I keep an ‘Archived’ list for them.