Effective Adulting

Better Living Through Adulting Part 2-Work Flow and Communication

As I said in a previous post, we have quite a few projects coming down the pike at the Modage/Leyshaw Homestead. This does not include the continuing saga of the Cursed Chicken Tractor. WHICH is getting so close to completion. (I’m RIDICULOUSLY excited about this.) We’ve actually made more progress than my most recent pictures show; I just forgot to take more this weekend. Oops! Teaching has eaten my brain. You’re lucky to be getting this blog post.

A problem we kept running into is that I’m kind of the project manager and the steps we take are in my noggin; that’s how my brain works. I’m a hyper planner with spreadsheets for everything, but spreadsheets do not translate to workflow and they really don’t communicate plans to team members (the Fella.) Frequently I would be working on something, like painting or cutting wood, and the Fella would come over and ask me what next. I would stop what I was doing and measure the next piece, explain the next steps, and then struggle to remember what I was doing. This week one of my students told me about an app he was using to stay organized as an answer to a essay prompt. Teaching: it’s beneficial to all involved parties.

This kid told me about Trello and for this ADHD riddled, brain addled teacher, with aspirations of amateur project management, Trello has been awesome. I have been able to set up collaborative workflow boards for our different upcoming projects. I can break projects in to workable chunks, with check lists. I can edit those check lists with measurements for cuts, so I don’t have to remember exactly how long something was. If the Fella is manning the chop saw, he can check his phone and see what needs cutting.

And then there is the satisfaction of moving stuff over to the “Done” list.

We have been discussing the potential of using Trello to keep track of daily chores, so that we don’t double up on chicken feedings. Yes, we can just ask one another, but with two people who are either teaching (me) or in meetings (him.) It’s easier to have a system in place. It’s another step in our attempt to build solid habits and processes that will make us more successful as we grow our homestead.

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