Asana vs Trello vs Clickup: Organise your chaos like a boss
Sometimes I want to slam my head against a wall, there’s so much going on. You feel me, right? Deadlines and launches and emails and clients. How do we manage it all? We get a project management app. Here are my thoughts, as a user, on asana vs trello vs clickup.
I am an artist. In our souls, we love chaos and beauty and energy and lighting the world on fire. And then I met Malcolm Purkey, my lecturer at university. Prof. Shakespeare genius. Lover of the subversive. But also a deep believer in organised chaos. That’s what his rehearsal rooms were like. Absolute chaos. But organised. By him. Carefully controlled and expertly manipulated. But they felt like chaos. And it was delicious. So, when I hit the big wide world and I had to actually start working to earn a living, I knew that I could marry my love for art and fire and crazy unpredictability, with organised chaos. And magic would happen.
And it did. I managed to save money so I could travel and buy expensive coffee. Buy a house. Very few artists in my circles were able to. I deeply appreciated the importance of organised chaos. Emotional life? Chaos. Finances. Organised. Inside my underwear drawer? Chaos. My diary? Organised. See how this works?
Then in 2020 (aaaaaaaaah 2020)…Covid hit. What a ride, huh? And my head? Absolute chaos. Unmitigated, hysterical, spectacular chaos. So what did I do? I took the copywriting that I’d been doing on the side for ten years, and I turned it into a full-time online business. And starting that business was like adopting a puppy. Shit, err'where.
But then I found Asana. Oh, Asana. You beautiful, powerful elixir of gorgeous organisational splendour. You make my heart go boom. Especially on a Monday morning and the tasks are overflowing. But still…it’s organised.
Here’s the thing about starting your own business, or running one, no matter where you are in your journey. You need a tool that’s going to keep you organised. You need something that EVERYONE in your team can log into every day and know that these are the things they need to get done, and this is when they need to be done by.
If you’re not Asana-knowledgeable, it’s okay. It’s not too late. Get on that goodness immediately.
What are organisational tools?
These are web and mobile apps that let you organise, track, and manage your work and the work of your team. When they’re used strategically and properly they can literally simplify your business in a heartbeat. There are a few different kinds, but I currently use three of them, so these are the ones I’m going to look at.
Right. Let’s get to it. In the Asana vs Trello vs Clickup competition, which beast is best?
Like I said…splendour. Why do I love Asana so much? It’s clean. It’s neat and clean like the haircut my husband got as soon as lockdown lifted in London (can I get a muddafuggen hell, yes?).
Asana lets you know what you need to do, when people assign tasks to you. It can also get a little more complex, in that you can create subtasks and dependencies. This means that a certain task can’t be started until the task before it has been completed. This is great when you’re working with a team. It shows everyone where they sit in the task completion chain and everyone is super-clear about what they need to do.
Asana is a project-based tool. You create a project and within each project, you can create tasks and sections. Then within that, you create further subtasks, tags, comments, and custom fields. You can view these projects and tasks as lists or on boards.
Now, I’m now gonna lie. When you start using it, you may feel that your brain might leak out of your eardrums. But once you understand how it works, you’ll wonder how you got anything done without it.
Trello is the same as Asana, in that it’s a task management tool, but it is, in the words of my friend Tiffany, much prettier than Asana. Trello comprises a series of lists with boards attached, providing a simple visual picture of what needs to get done. It basically mimics a Kanban board with sticky notes.
Trello doesn’t have the complexity that Asana does. A board is created and then moved between different statuses depending on where you’re at with your task. So, it is much simpler to use than Asana, but that also means it’s a little limiting if you’re working on a bigger project with a bigger team. And let’s face it…one day soon you will be. Because who doesn’t want to scale their business? No one, that's who.
My knowledge of Clickup is limited but I do use it with one of my clients. It’s really great because it allows you to keep your colleague or client up-to-date about where you are in your task’s life. So, if you’ve read the brief, you click the task update box and your client knows you’re briefed. Once you start working on it, you click the box again, and the client knows you’re working on it. I really like this, because I’m spectacularly OCD about making sure my clients know I’m totally brilliant and amazing. It also has a tracker option so you can track the time you’ve worked on various tasks or projects.
Clickup is similar to Asana in its layout and in the features that are available. The default layout of projects is lists, but you can view them as boards as well.
All three of these tools let you communicate with your team. So, whether you’re commenting in the board on Trello, or in a comments section in Asana and Clickup, you are able to tag your colleagues so you can ask questions and send updates.
Asana vs Trello vs Clickup: Which price is best?
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50 automated command runs per month
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Assignee and due dates
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Admin and security features
Single board guests
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Organization visible boards
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Unlimited automated command runs
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Collaborate with up to 15 teammates
List view projects
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Assignee and due dates
iOS and Android mobile apps
Time tracking with integrations - See time tracking apps
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Advanced integrations with Salesforce, Adobe Creative Cloud, Tableau, Power BI
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UNLIMITED $9 per month Unlimited Storage Unlimited List, Board, and Calendar views Unlimited Integrations Unlimited Dashboards Guests and Permissions Goals, Portfolios, and Custom Fields The final verdict?
I’m going to say Asana every time. It just makes so much sense to me. It’s comprehensive; it lets me talk to the people I need to; it lets me see everything I have to do on one page, with no mess or confusion. It’s also lead me to my new mantra, which I tell all clients and prospective clients:
If it’s not in Asana, it doesn’t exist.
Ok, bye, love you.
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