In our office, we’re winding down towards Christmas – secret Santas, team lunches, tinsel on computer monitors, etc – and someone suggested that we have a festive buffet on Friday, with everyone bringing in some food. A colleague on my team said, ‘What if too many people bring the same thing?’ Another joked, ‘We should set up an Asana project to organise it!’
So I did. We now have a project titled ‘Festive Christmas buffet’, split into 2 categories: savoury and sweet. Everyone just adds a task describing what they’ll bring, then assigns it to themselves. This makes me happy for a few reasons:
- It’s another excuse to use Asana.
- I genuinely don’t like it when too many people bring the same thing to a buffet.
- (most importantly) I take this as a sign that Asana is truly embedded in our team now, and they’re thinking about how to use it outside of its main, mandatory purpose.
This is an example of having some fun with Asana but still using it genuinely to get stuff done.
Another example would be when my wife and I recently took a (much belated) 10th anniversary trip to London, and I created a project with sections for each day, sub-sections for am and pm, and listed some of the activities we’d considered doing. I was able to add postcodes, opening hours and entry fees to descriptions, and I ticked off tasks as we visited museums or took a walk from the South Bank to Trafalgar Square. I should point out, this wasn’t as obsessive and sad as it sounds - we just both generally have far too much to remember, so it was useful to think about all of this stuff in the weeks before and have it handy on my phone for when we’d forgotten what we’d planned to do!
Anyway, I was just curious if anyone else had found fun, non-official ways to use Asana. I’m sure the possibilities are endless.