There are so many reasons to love Asana: it’s powerful, easy to use, and has just about any feature you might need to effectively manage projects. Asana is so comprehensive in fact, that there are a ton of features you probably don’t even know about. Want to use the tool to its utmost potential? Here are six Asana tips and tricks that are sure to boost your productivity.
Asana tips and tricks #1: using Asana shortcuts
When you’re working on a deadline, the four or five seconds it takes you to click to a new task or jump between projects start to add up fast. Asana has a ton of keyboard shortcuts that will help you speed up your workflow and waste less time just navigating the tool.
There are dozens of Asana shortcuts, but some of our favorites include:
- Show keyboard shortcuts: Ctrl + /
- Navigate to inbox: Tab + I
- Search: Tab + /
- Assign selected task: Tab + A
#2: Turn emails into Asana tasks
Next in our Asana tips and tricks: dealing with fewer emails. One of the reasons people love Asana is that it reduces the influx of assignments, questions, and feedback landing in their email inbox. The key word there is “reduces.” There’s always going to be a coworker or a client that’s unwilling to give up email, forcing you to spend time copying and pasting things into Asana tasks.
Except you don’t have to copy and paste. Asana has made it extremely easy to turn emails into tasks. All you need to do is forward emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, and Asana will automatically create a task with the contents and assign it to you. If you want, you can even use elements of the email to populate elements of the task. An additional address in the “to” field becomes a task assignee; cc’ed recipients become followers; and the email subject becomes the task name.
There’s no escaping email, but there is escaping copy and paste!
Asana tips and tricks #3: Connect projects to other work tools
Another reason someone might resort to email is that they use a different project management tool than you. Maybe you’re part of a large organization in which different teams use different tools catered to their needs — like Jira for development, or Zendesk for customer service. Or maybe you need to outsource work to an agency or contractor who doesn’t use Asana.
Having to jump between different tools or actually build the same project in multiple tools is about as inefficient as it gets. And teams who use different tools often find it very hard to agree on something as simple as how to track and assign work.
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#4: Work in batches
Have lots of tasks on the go? Or maybe several of your tasks fall under one larger project umbrella? If you need to apply the same changes to several tasks, don’t waste time by jumping into each of them one by one. Instead, perform batch operations to kick start your Asana productivity.
In Asana, multi-selecting tasks (essentially grouping tasks together) opens up a ton of time-saving opportunities. You can assign batched tasks to one person, give them all the same due date, mark them as complete or incomplete, or — maybe the biggest timesaver of them all — delete all of the selected tasks. Asana tips and tricks don’t get much more efficient than that.
#5: Merge duplicate Asana tasks
Have you ever run into a situation in Asana where two different people are working on the same project but have independently created tasks for it? This sort of task duplication happens surprisingly often. Not only is this inefficient, it can create real issues if communication is split between different tasks and different groups of people.
There’s an easy way to clean things up. Asana allows you to merge similar tasks in just a few clicks. All of the tags, followers, and “Likes” of the duplicate task will be added to the master task (though attachments need to be manually added). And Asana will even notify the followers of the duplicate task of the merge, so you don’t have to reach out to everyone.
If you’re using two tasks because the work falls into two different projects, there’s a way around that too. Beneath the task description there’s a simple plus sign that allows you to add it to multiple projects simultaneously, again eliminating the need for duplication.
#6: Centralize all your Asana tasks in one place
Because creating Asana projects is so easy, you’ll often find your tasks spread around a whole bunch of them. The My Tasks window is a great place to see all the work you’re responsible for in one place, but it can be a bit limited. That’s why you should create an Asana project specifically for keeping track of what you’re doing. That gives you the ability to use whatever project management methodology you need to get your work done, from Agile to Gantt charts — using Asana’s timeline view.
But what if your work is spread out across multiple Asana instances?
With Unito, you can turn a single Asana project into a master project, meaning it collects Asana tasks from every Asana instance you’re a part of. If you’re a consultant with multiple clients or part of an agency, those Asana instances can quickly add up.
Bryan Bennett, Founder of The KickStart.com, had to hop between upwards of 30 Asana instances every week just to plan his work. That meant hours clicking through dropdowns and cycling through Asana projects until he was confident that he had a handle on his work. That changed with Unito. Here’s how.
Hopefully these six tips and tricks will help you boost your Asana productivity. If you have any other tricks you’d like to share, tweet us @unitoio.