My team and I have used Asana for a while now and we’re always working on ways to improve our workflow. One thing we try to do on a regular basis is keep our My Tasks organized so we can all see what each of us is focusing on that day. But over time, tasks build up and it gets to the point where it’s hard to pick what to work on next because there’s so much clutter. Lots of tasks get thrown in my Upcoming and Later sections because I know I’m not ready to work on them and when it comes time to figure out what to work on next, it’s a little overwhelming. I need a way to only show tasks that are available to work on now and be notified when a task becomes available to work on.
In addition to Asana, I also use OmniFocus for tracking personal tasks and projects. The thing that I find really useful in OmniFocus, that I wish I could do in Asana, is the ability to defer tasks. Here are some snippets from the OmniFocus documentation about defer until dates:
The defer until date is the date when an action or project becomes available; until that date arrives, the item remains grayed out.
Items that have not reached their defer until date are not considered available so they won’t clutter your view until you can work on them.
So the idea is, if I had a task I knew I didn’t need to start on until next month, I would set to defer until next month and it would be hidden (or less visible or subdued somehow) until that date. Then when that date arrived, I would get notified that it’s available and maybe have it get listed on My Tasks in a Now Available section or something.
@Alexis: What are your thoughts? And any chance a feature like this can be added to Asana?