It seems like Trello’s cardinal sin is the lack of official Mac or Windows apps. This means most of us just end up using Trello in Chrome with a pinned tab. While that sounds like a sensible compromise, the fact that Trello is always online and can tap into Chrome’s extensions system is actually a great upside.
By losing a dedicated desktop app, you gain a slurry of extensions that will improve your productivity in Trello above and beyond what a desktop app could. So let’s get started.
Plus for Trello does a lot of stuff. Seriously, it took me a couple of minutes to get through the welcome tour and I’m still not sure how to use it except for time tracking and for better organization. But the extension can do a lot more.
Plus comes with offline support (which is a big deal), hashtags for better search, reports, and a feature that lets you estimate the time spent on different tasks. Exporting information from it is easy, and it integrates with some services as well. The extension is also free and open source.
2. Scrum for Trello
Scrum is a software development methodology. Or at least, that’s what the internet tells me. Scrum is the kind of thing where if you don’t know about it, don’t worry about it. But if your company uses Scrum management system and Trello, why not integrate both – simply use this extension.
3. Gmail for Trello
A lot of what you get in Gmail are basically tasks. Do this, check on that, can you see how that’s going on, etc. If you use Trello to organize your life, why not just send these emails directly to Trello using Gmail to Trello, file them in the appropriate boards/list and reduce your cognitive load a bit.
4. Export for Trello
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. If you work in an office environment, you might need to export a Trello board to an Excel sheet because someone asked you to and you don’t have the energy to argue with them. Export for Trello makes the whole process simple – just 1 click and you’re done.
5. Send to Trello
Send to Trello is a Chrome extension similar to Trello’s own bookmarklet. After it’s installed, you’ll need to authorize the extension to use Trello via the API key. The problem is that you need to do it for every unique domain. But once it’s set up, you can just click the extension button, select the board and the list, and the website will be converted to a card.
6. Boards for Trello
Boards for Trello is a really simple Chrome extension that shows a drop-down of the boards from all the teams you’re logged into. This extension can serve as quick shortcuts to multiple Trello boards.
7. Toggl Button
As I’ve said before, when it comes to time tracking. They have really good Mac and mobile apps. Toggl also has a Chrome extension that basically puts a time tracking feature in most of the productivity-oriented sites out there. So you can start tracking progress on a Google Docs file, a Gmail message, and yes, a Trello card. If you’re not interested in using the complicated Scrum or Plus extensions but do want a simple time tracking system that integrates with Trello, give Toggl a chance.
What’s Your Top Trello Tip?
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