Asana is a web and mobile application designed to help teams organize, track, and manage their work. Asana can be incredibly helpful for anybody, but for project managers, in particular, Asana can be a Swiss Army knife of success. Here are three Asana tips for getting the most out of Asana as a project manager in the making.
Focus on what matters most with “Today” section
Under the “My Tasks” section of your Asana workspace, you can view your tasks by Today, Upcoming, and Later sections.
Viewing your work like this enables you to focus on what needs to be done today, while keeping an eye on what’s coming up, with a view to what needs to be done later. Simply click on the arrow next to Upcoming or Later to toggle the view on and off. Being able to organize work by when it needs to be addressed is one of the most important features of a task management system like Asana.
Trick: You can use the following keyboard shortcuts to quickly assign a task to a particular section:
- Today = Tab + Y
- Upcoming = Tab +U
- Later = Tab + L
Email yourself tasks
Have you ever got an email from someone that requires action on your part? If you have ever worked in an office this will sound familiar to you, and Asana has an easy way to automatically create tasks from your emails.
With Asana you can create new tasks from emails you receive by forwarding any email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Asana matches up the “from” email address that is tied to your Asana account and creates a new task in your Asana workspace with the email. You can read more about emailing tasks with Asana here.
Trick: Every project in Asana has a unique email address, that can be used to send tasks to any particular project via email. To find a project’s email address:
- Click on drop-down arrow beside Project name in Project Actions
- Click on Import and then choose Email
Unlock the secret powers of Asana
Hidden away in your Asana profile settings is a tab called “Hacks.” The Hacks tab is where experimental features are offered to users.
Under the Hacks tab, you can activate the Extra Delight option which will set loose rainbow unicorns and more.
Trick: The Hacks tab is also where you go to activate the Tab+b feature (try saying it out loud).
These are some Asana tips and tricks to get you started, or take you to the next level, with Asana! For more information on the Asana Project Management Certificate, visit www.pathstream.com.