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How to Link Google Calendar Events to Asana Tasks With 2-Way Updates

This walkthrough will show you how to sync Asana tasks with Google Calendar events through a no-code 2-way integration that anyone can set up in minutes flat. This is easily achievable through Unito’s 2-way integration for Asana and Google Calendar which enables events to be automatically created in any calendar based on new or existing Asana tasks. Linking a shared calendar to Asana tasks will save you from having to copy-paste details of your event-related tasks into G Cal since Unito creates the events for you automatically.

This 2-way integration is also a handy way to stay on top of key dates for product launches, conferences, corporate events, or any kind of important meeting. Automating your project management tool with Google Calendar is essentially seen as the next step for any professional who’s ready to elevate their workflow automation game.

Asana and Google Calendar synced with Unito's two-way integration
Asana and Google Calendar synced with Unito’s two-way integration

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This 2-way Asana Google Calendar integration is designed to automatically:

  • Create events in Google Calendar based on specific Asana tasks including specific details (fields in Unito) chosen by the user.
  • Keep events and tasks in a real-time two-way sync so that changes made to the task or calendar event are instantly reflected in the other.

TIP: Unito identifies contacts and calendar guests by their email address. In order to sync guests to your shared calendar, each email address must be associated with your contacts in Asana and Google Calendar before building a flow.

Watch this Asana + Google Calendar flow in action

Before we sync Asana and Google Calendar to Unito:

  • Ensure you have an account in both Asana and Google Calendar with the right permissions to access and modify information in each tool.
  • (Optional): Read about Unito’s Asana and Google Calendar integrations to better understand the capabilities and limitations of each.

Step 1.  Add Asana and Google Calendar to Unito

  1. Navigate to the Unito App and select +Create Flow.
  2. Select Start Here to add Asana and Google Calendar to Unito.
  3. Choose the accounts you want synced with Unito.
  4. When you integrate Google Calendar for the first time, you’ll have to go through the authentication process. Be sure to select every checkbox in order for your flow to function properly.
You must select every checkbox at this stage in order for your flow to sync properly.

You’ll need to specify which account, list, and Calendar you wish to sync through Unito.

Connect Asana and Google Calendar to Unito
Here’s an example of our connected Asana project and Google Calendar

When you’re ready, click Confirm.

Step 2. Set a flow direction from Asana to Google Calendar

Flow direction tells Unito where to create and sync new events or tasks. Since our goal is to share visibility on Asana tasks in Google Calendar, we’ll set a 1-way flow from Asana to Google Calendar. 

Set your flow direction from Asana to Google Calendar
In this case, Unito will create Google Calendar events based on certain Asana tasks that fit our rules in step 3. In step 4, we’ll decide which fields should sync 1-way or 2-way.

Click Confirm when you’ve chosen a flow direction. 

Step 3. Set rules to sync specific Asana tasks with Google Calendar

Your rules determine which tasks should become Google Calendar events. This is our chance to filter out unrelated tasks from our flow and prevent them from adding irrelevant information to a shared calendar.

Select Add a new trigger to set additional conditions that specify the information you want included in the flow. We recommend using single-select fields (status, labels, a custom field, etc.) in Asana to filter specific tasks.

Set rules to sync specific Asana tasks with Google Calendar
In this example, we’ve chosen to only sync events with the label “events” that are considered “local” or “out-of-town.” Both of these fields are single-select in Asana.

Find out more about setting rules.

Step 4. Choose fields to keep in sync between Asana tasks and Google Calendar events

In this step you’ll determine the relationship between fields in Asana and Google Calendar – to link title with title, description with description, etc. You can also determine how automated updates occur at this stage: from one tool to another, or bidirectionally (2-way sync).

First, you can try auto-mapping your fields to begin with a prebuilt template.

You can also start mapping manually if you prefer connecting your fields from scratch.

With a 2-way sync between fields, changes in either Asana tasks or Google Calendar events will update the other. If you choose a one-way sync between a pair of fields, then only the source tool will update the destination, but not vice versa.

Choose + Add mapping to add a pair of fields in Asana and Google Calendar. Then, Select a field for each tool and find the field you wish to map. 

Choose fields to keep in sync between Asana tasks and Google Calendar events
We’ve paired our “Locations” in Asana with Colors in Google Calendar. This way, each “local” or “out-of-town” event will be easily recognizable in the shared calendar. 

Tip: In order to create an optimal sync with Google Calendar, map your Asana Start Date to Google Calendar’s Start Date and Time.

By selecting the gear icon we can further customize this field mapping to give each type of location its own color.

Click Confirm when you’re satisfied with your field mappings to proceed.

Find out more about setting field mappings.

Step 5. Save, close and launch your Asana to Google Calendar flow

And that’s it! You’ve just completed the first flow between Asana and Google Calendar. Congratulations!

If you’ve followed the steps above, your flow will now: 

  • Create an event in Google Calendar for every Asana task you’ve included in the rule set.
  • Sync dates, times, guests, event titles and descriptions between your tools and keep them up to date in real-time.

Here are a few screenshots of our synced Asana project and Google Calendar:

Asana tasks synced with Google Calendar events
A single Google Calendar event synced to a single Asana milestone with Unito

Why sync Asana tasks with Google Calendar events?

This workflow has a number of use cases for any team that works in Asana but wants to extend visibility on key due dates through a Shared Google Calendar without copy-pasting every detail from one app to the other. It could be used by a marketing or product team to build a more visible go-to-market roadmap. We could imagine they’ve established dates for new features & launches across several initiatives. If they sync Asana and Google Calendar with Unito, then any changes made to a page or a related event will automatically update in real-time.

What’s next?

How’s you like to sync Milestones as well as tasks? Since Unito can only map Google Calendar due dates to one field per flow, we’ll need to build another flow for milestones. Both, however, will follow nearly identical steps except for our specific rules and field mappings.

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