Trello is a project management tool that has been gaining in popularity in part because of its simplicity, speed and flexibility. Projects are categorized by boards which contain lists and those lists in turn contain cards. These cards can have attachments, checklists, comments, team member assignment, labels and more.
Trello’s flexibility and easy of use allows for it to be used in many ways. One way in which I am using trello is to manage my reading workflow. I wrote about ways that I’ve discovered how to read more and smarter and trello has been a vital component. I use trello to keep take down book recommendations from various sources such as friends, podcasts, blogs etc.
I can keep track of my reading queue to stay in a consistent cycle of books to read. Planning ahead on what to read next can help reduce decision overload or lack of direction which can lead to inconsistent reading habits ahead you’ve finished one book.
I keep multiple reading category lists to maintain a big picture view of the kinds of books I am reading and which category I am most focused on or should read up more on.
Having a list dedicated to reviews reminds me to maintain active thought and criticism on the book I’m reading. I add comments to the card based on various weaknesses or strengths I want to highlight.
Once you read start to read a lot more books, it can be difficult to remember all the material within them after a while. I use a flag note system to mark important areas and then I go back and enter in notes after or in-between reading. I use the notes list to keep track of books I am currently taking notes on. After I’ve taking notes rated and reviewed the book, publicly or privately I then move the card to finished.