Featured image illustrating a step-by-step guide on syncing Asana to Google Calendar through Unito, depicted by the connected logos through circles and dotted lines.
How to Link Google Calendar Events to Asana Tasks With 2-Way Updates
Featured image illustrating a step-by-step guide on syncing Asana to Google Calendar through Unito, depicted by the connected logos through circles and dotted lines.

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. Having your Asana tasks sync to Calendar automatically is the next step for any professional who’s ready to elevate their workflow automation game.

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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.

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

Before we sync Asana projects and Google Calendar with Unito:

  • Ensure you have an account in both platforms 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 your tools 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.
A screenshot of the permissions Unito needs from your Google account.
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 to automatically create tasks and/or events

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. 

Setting flow direction in Unito.
In this case, Unito will create new 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. Pick rules to filter out specific tasks and/or events from syncing

Your rules determine which tasks should become a Google Calendar event. 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.

In this step you’ll determine the relationship between fields in both tools — 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).

Here, we recommend choosing map automatically to start from a pre-built template which can then be modified.

Select Auto Map here to begin with a prebuilt template that can be modified.
You can also start mapping manually if you prefer connecting your fields from scratch.

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. 

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.

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

A screenshot of Location and Color fields mapped in Unito.
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. Launch your Asana Google Calendar integration

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.
  • Automatically 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

What’s next after you sync Asana Google Calendar?

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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FAQ: Using an Asana Google Calendar integration

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. Since their flow is automatically creating calendar events to match those Asana tasks, everyone’s in the loop.

You could even use this integration the other way: to create new Asana tasks from events created in Google Calendar. This could be used to centralize planning for a marketing campaign based on a product roadmap, for example.

Can Asana integrate with Google Calendar?

Yes! Asana has a built-in integration for Google Calendar. It’s an automation-based integration, meaning that you can set up triggers in Asana that automatically create new Google Calendar events. Options for these triggers include when tasks are created and closed or when tasks are moved to specific sections in an Asana project.

Unlike Unito’s integration, this built-in solution doesn’t keep your Asana task and its matching calendar event in sync. That means any updates happening on either side are lost unless someone manually copies them over. Only Unito’s integration can automatically sync those updates back and forth.

How can you see Asana tasks in Gmail?

Unito doesn’t currently offer an integration for Asana and Gmail, but Asana does. With this integration, you can automatically turn emails into Asana tasks, meaning you can kickstart workflows much faster.

Does Asana have a calendar option?

Yes! Asana has a built-in calendar view that lets you represent your tasks in a calendar view.

A screenshot of a calendar view in Asana.

While this could theoretically allow you to track meetings and similar events in Asana, it doesn’t have the same kind of features Google Calendar has. You can’t really invite people and you can’t run meetings in Asana.