Am I missing something?
I’m using a Chromebook and Android. Everything is up to date. I am utterly mystified why people are using this application. I’m really not wanting to flame anything here. The interface is so beautiful that I really want to understand how to incorporate Asana into my life. Here are a few things that totally baffle me:
Android notifications are not in real time. You can set a time deadline for a task but there is no notification of that task anywhere. It just sails by with no awareness of it at all. Users must manually remember to go check all of their various workspaces regularly and scour all of their various projects to make sure they’re on top of deadlines?
The Inbox doesn’t show any past due items at all and only a couple of current tasks due (apparently randomly selected by Asana) so it’s possible to have zero insight about current tasks and deadlines and progress and past due project tasks.
There are no flags on the sidebar of past due or pending tasks so users must manually go check all of their projects on a regular basis to see if they have any upcoming tasks or if they’ve missed those deadines and now have past due tasks. They won’t receive any notifications of anything and tasks due and past due may or may not show up in their Inbox.
It’s not possible to place workspaces on the sidebar so there is no real time insight about any other workspace than the one you’re in and you have to manually remember to go to the top menu bar to check on your other workspaces.
There is no way to go to a single dashboard and see all of your due and past due and upcoming tasks from all of your organizations and workspaces and projects. Again you have to manually remember to go to each workspace and organization to check on what’s due and past due and coming up since there are no notifications and no reliability or completeness within the Inbox.
Am I just unreasonably attached to things like automation and real-time notifications and having an overview of everything I’m responsible for? I seem to be totally missing something super fundamental about Asana and why and how people are using it.
Is this program primarily designed so that people can chat easily with each other about projects? Are they keeping reminders and due dates in some other application? Does Asana exist primarily as a brainstorming app just so you can create scads of project task lists that then need to be imported into another task management system that can provide things like reminders and overviews of due tasks?
Am I supposed to integrate this with my Google Calendar and set up additional calendars for every Asana project in order to keep track of deadlines and get reminders for tasks?
Am I simply trying to use Asana in the wrong way and expecting it to do things it isn’t designed to do like send me task reminders and keep track of past due items and show me an overview of all the tasks that are assigned to me and to the members of my team?
Any insights about how I may be looking at this all wrong and how others are using this and integrating it in order to achieve that basic functionality would be really helpful. Thanks so much!