I’m a list maker. I love compiling new to do lists, organizing my diary and there is nothing compared to the feeling of crossing something off my list. I even get a little glow from flicking back through my pages in my diary and see all the work, meetings or things I have done. Quite sad really I know. But what all of these lists and diary-keeping isn’t really doing is getting me to do all those things on my list, I’ll get through a fair bit of them, but I generally fail to achieve list nirvana and cross everything off. Recently I’ve gone to the next level and embraced digital organizers. I’ve played around with Microsoft Project in the past but found it to be too big, too detailed and just too much to use easily. Also, at home my computers are all Macbooks so that meant no MS Project. I looked around for something I could use on all of my devices and settled on Trello – its capacity for you to build lots of project boards is great, its free (very important) and I can use it on my laptops, work computers, ipad and even my phone. So over the last few weeks I’ve been busily building my lists, getting organized and generally playing around in Trello. So, here is the big question – has it made me more organized? Well, I wonder. The constant consulting of my boards and lists is keeping everything in my mind, and I think this has made me get through it all. Its something I keep looking at, annotating and therefore maintaining a focus on the things I wanted to get done. I think this is the secret of digital organizers, they keep you focused on the things you would like to get done, give you opportunities to make annotations or re-configure your lists if you cannot do something by the time you set, or if you encounter a hurdle or something you need to adjust. They give you a sense of being in control of the crazy mayhem that at times, is your life. When it all gets too overwhelming, you breathe, you make a new board on Trello and the visage of control is achieved. In essence, I think these types of tools make you a better person. I’m certainly feeling that way. Of course there is a catch to all of this organization – you have to log on – you have to actually consult your Trello. The alarms, reminders or other notifications you set up wont work unless you log in. So if you want to avoid facing the list of tasks NOT done, then you don’t log on. Easy. Default back to being a messy, disorganized version of yourself. What we need is an automatic log in when you turn on your device…..that way you cannot hide or avoid your Trello……..
Crowdfunding is an interesting word and its becoming more common to hear in news reports or current affairs stories on mainstream TV. Its not a new thing, from what I can see it has been around since 2006, but I guess it takes a few years for new ways of doing to take off or become commonplace.Have I ever crowd-funded? No. It doesn’t mean that I don’t like the idea or support it, I guess its just I haven’t become involved. My interest in this was sparked by a recent story I came across on TV. A young girl who had survived an horrific accident (she had lost both legs after being run over by a train) was describing her dream to purchase prosthetic running legs so that she could train to be an athlete. A nice heart warming story and I was thinking, well a corporation or someone will be watching this story and she’ll surely achieve her dream. But the story ended with the statement that she was going to see crowd funding to purchase her new legs. I was quite startled, I’m not sure why, but I was – crowd funding?? I had thought this was the domain of the third-world seeking support from socially minded first-world individuals. So a bit of searching and investigating online and I was to discover how wrong I was – crowd funding is a massive online pursuit and there are so many different types (who knew?). Charity funding is probably the one most recognizable, the collective effort of individuals to help charitable cases, but I discovered there was also litigation crowd funding. Individuals can invest in the litigation pursuits of those who are in need. This got me thinking, what is the motivation behind crowd funding? what is it that makes you put your money out there for someone, someone you don’t know or are likely to ever meet? I think in this digital world of continual connectivity, we can push out messages and information quickly. We receive so much information we cannot process all of it, but every now and then it might touch us personally, or we need to touch it personally. Could this be behind crowd funding? Perhaps. I think inherently many of us want to be part of something, we need to belong, we need to participate. Crowd funding enables us to participate in a communal social initiative – pretty powerful, very addictive I would imagine. I think seeing your money make a difference to someone else would be motivation enough. So how do you do this? How do you participate? Google crowd funding like i did, there are many companies out there listing I liked Fundly and SeedInvest.