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Meet Trello. My New Favorite Productivity App

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Last week, I wrote a post about my favorite To Do List apps. Since then, a ton of people have responded with other apps they use including some that I’ve never heard about before.

One of the apps I’d never heard about before is Trello. After using Trello for about 48 hours, it’s quickly turned into one of my absolute favorite productivity apps. In fact, I can’t believe that I haven’t been using this app sooner.

So what is Trello? Trello is a cross between a visual pin board and a highly effective to do list. I think of it like a vision board on steroids.

The concept is really simple. Trello is built on a series of boards, lists and cards. Each board can be setup for an organization, project or strategy. Lists within each board are specific objectives or projects. And cards, are the individual work packages or tasks that need to be completed in order to complete the project.

Take this sample board that is the template “Welcome Board” that Trello introduces to new accounts.

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You can see that there are tons of features and ways to plan your boards and lists.

Here is a sample of a board that I started for planning my content for The Pinstriped Suit.

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One of the key features that I like about Trello is the ability to collaborate with other people. Each board and list that you create can be shared with a team member. Once the person is invited to the list/board then you can assign them cards as tasks.

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You can also set deadlines for yourself or other people.

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Trello has a ton of other features including inserting attachments from google drive or dropbox, checklists and adding graphics. What I love about Trello is that I can visually see all my projects and plans in one place. Also, the flexibility of being able to move timelines, cards and lists around is really useful for projects that are constantly changing. Trello works really well with its web app but it also has iPad, iPhone and Android apps as well which work seamlessly with the web version.

Try it out and watch your productivity skyrocket!

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10 Gift Ideas For That Entrepreneur In Your Life

Finding the perfect gift for your friends, family or significant other this holiday season can be stressful. How many times have you asked yourself “What do I get for the person who has everything?”.

Well, today I’m going to make your holiday shopping just a little easier.

Here are 10 gift ideas that are perfect for the entrepreneur or business person in your life. And hey, who says you can’t treat yourself to something special?

1) Audible Membership

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What better way to kill time on the bus or commute into work then to listen to an educational or fun (fiction) book? Catch up the latest best sellers while on the go. And if you work from home, you can load up your ipod with audiobooks and go to the gym!

2) Tim Ferris’s new book “The 4-Hour Chef

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I haven’t read this book yet but based on Tim’s last two books, I am looking forward to diving in. This book has been highly publicized and looks to be a great read.

3) Gift Card to App Sumo

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App Sumo is the candy store for tech entrepreneurs. Similar to other daily deal websites such as Groupon, Living Social and Ethical Deal, App Sumo offers great deals on software, education and web tools. I’ve scored some awesome deals this year.

4) An e-reader

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E-readers have been out for awhile but the new versions this year are great. The Kobo Mini and Kindle Fire HD are my picks.

5) An ergonomic chair for the home office

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This one doesn’t sound sexy but don’t knock how your productivity can increase with a good working chair. I went to a local ergonomic chair store and was amazed at the difference that a good chair can do. Talk to one of the ergonomic specialists at your local chair store and they can set you up with the perfect chair.

6) Digital magazine subscriptions

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Magazine subscriptions can be a lame gift. But now with most magazines offering digital versions through the ipad or other tablets, you can give somebody a few magazines for cheap.

7) Jet Bags

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Jet Bags are an ingenious invention. A worry free way to travel with wine or liquor bottles in your suit case. ┬áJet Bags consist of a plastic “ziploc” type bag with an absorbent cloth layer inside. If the bottle breaks, the absorbent layer will soak up all the liquid (750ml) and keep your clothing and other luggage items safe.

8) Membership to Lynda.com

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Okay, giving somebody education as a gift seems like a boring idea. But what better way to kick off the new year then with some shiny new skills to improve both productivity and profitability? Lynda.com has a wide selection of courses ranging from SEO to Adobe Photoshop. This one is on my list for sure!

9) Moo.com Gift Certificate

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Business cards are essential networking tools regardless of how much social networking somebody does. A gift card to Moo will ensure that your gift recipient will be well stocked with cards for January.

10) A Journal

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Jim Rohn once said he bought expensive, high quality journals so that he could fill them up with ideas, notes and reflections that would be worth more than the cost of the book. Moleskine journals are fun and now Evernote has its own integrated version.

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