Progress reports

As a leader in your organization, you are likely responsible for knowing project progress on a day-to-day basis, providing status updates to other managers, identifying risks, and understanding how your team’s work impacts other teams. Asana empowers managers to keep a pulse on project progress, without calling more meetings or micromanaging team members.

Peloton tracks progress with Asana

 

Tracking project progress with Dashboards

  1. Add your team’s major projects to your Dashboard to get a high-level view of the progress and status of projects.

  2. Customize your Dashboard View by dragging and dropping the project cards in priority order, by project owner, alphabetically, or by status color.

  3. Ensure Project OwnersProject Owner Every project can have one Project Owner. They are able to set status updates for the project. Read more and team leads are updating their respective projects at a regular cadence so everything is up to date.

  4. Pull up your Dashboard in meetings or presentations to show where work stands.

Dashboard in Asana

Ask every project owner to update their project status regularly, especially when milestones are reached, or if the project is getting off track. Knowing the status will help you and your team take the appropriate action quickly.

Custom views and reporting

My Tasks

For a more granular view of what each team member is working on, search for a specific person by name. The Search View will display all the tasks they have planned for Today, Upcoming, and Later, in addition to new tasks assigned to them. You can star your team members’ tasks lists and access them from the sidebar for a quick view of what your team members’ priorities are.

My Tasks in Asana

Dashboard reporting with Google Sheets

If you’re an avid user of Dashboard, and handle many projects that you need to compare on a deeper level, you can use Dashboard reporting in Google Sheets. With this integration, you can access project data directly from Asana and create custom reports and visualizations to see what’s on track and what needs attention—all from within Google Sheets. Just click Open Report in Google Sheets in the top right corner of your Dashboard.

Dashboard with Open Report in Google Sheets highlighted

Search Views

Use search to create custom reports of completed work, upcoming work, priority work, and work across teams and projects. You can search across all Asana fields, from assignee to completion date, and more. For quick access and to save your search criteria, star and rename your Search Views.

Search dropdown with fields for search criteria

Useful search views when you want to know…

Do I need to follow up with anyone?

  • Tasks I’ve assigned that are incomplete

What has my team gotten done recently?

  • Tasks completed in the past X days

What is the team working on next?

  • Incomplete tasks due in the next X days

Are any tasks past due?

  • Incomplete tasks due in the past X days

Track progress

Using Asana’s versatile project Dashboards and Views means knowing the status of projects and goals—and seeing them in the correct context. When you have up-to-date and relevant information, you can make decisions quickly, plan your team’s work with greater accuracy, and achieve the results you’re looking for.

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Asana Lessons

Learn the Asana basics in less than 15 minutes with these quick lessons

Tasks

Tasks Lessons

Track all of your work

3 Minutes

My Tasks

My Tasks Lessons

Always know what to do next

3 Minutes

Projects

Projects Lessons

Work with teammates

3 Minutes

Inbox

Inbox Lessons

Communicate even faster

3 Minutes

You can use tasks to track, collaborate on, and organize all your work.

Tasks can be to-dos, ideas, notes, or reminders.

Assign a task to yourself or a teammate.

Press Tab+M to quickly assign a task to yourself.

Add a due date so your deadline is clear.

Add instructions and expectations in the task description field.

Type @ to link to other tasks, people, conversations, or projects.

When you @mention someone, they’ll be added to your task as a follower.

Followers get notified when new comments or attachments are added.

Add anyone who needs to stay up to date on your task as a follower.

They can always unfollow to stop getting notifications on your task.

Add comments to ask questions or give followers updates.

Heart a comment to let followers know you’ve seen it.

Add relevant files or irrelevant GIFs as attachments.

You can also attach directly from Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box.

Create subtasks to break your task into smaller steps.

When you’ve added a subtask, press enter to add another.

Subtasks can contain all the same details as regular tasks.

Click the comment bubble to add comments or attachments to a subtask.

You can create tasks from any screen using your top bar.

Every Task has a unique URL to easily copy and share.

Congrats! Looks like you’re up to the task.

On to the next lesson!

Always know what to do next with My Tasks.

My Tasks is a list of every task assigned to you.

It makes managing your work simple.

Click on your My Tasks list and start typing to add tasks.

Like a text document, add a new line for each new task or paste in any list.

Forward to x@mail.asana.com to turn your emails into tasks

Asana will translate your email into a task, including your attachments.

New tasks will appear at the top of your list in New Tasks.

Tasks you add to My Tasks are private to you.

Click Make Public to share them with your team.

Prioritize tasks as Today, Upcoming, or Later.

Click on the blue dot next to the task, to quickly sort it.

Mark the tasks you’ll have time for Today.

Teammates can view your My Tasks list to see what you’re up to.

They’ll only see tasks you’ve made public or shared in a project (more on projects later).

Mark tasks due within a week as Upcoming so you can see what will be due soon.

On its due date, your task will move from Upcoming to Today.

Just like magic.

Mark tasks due in more than a week for Later.

They’ll be out of your way until their due date approaches.

Your tasks will move from Later to Upcoming a week before they’re due.

Keep My Tasks prioritized to always know what to work on and what’s coming next.

Now you know how to track and plan your work!

Next, learn how to work with your team in Asana.

Work together on groups of tasks with projects.

Projects help you track and organize the steps in a process or initiative.

Like an event plan, product launch, or editorial calendar.

Like My Tasks, simply click and type to add tasks to your project.

If you have your steps in a document or email already, paste in that list.

Add tasks to your project from email.

View your project’s unique email address from the project dropdown menu.

Add your tasks to other related projects.

Tasks can be included in multiple projects.

Add sections to organize tasks in a list project.

Type : at the end of any task title to make it a section.

Or, add columns to organize tasks in a boards project.

Drag and drop tasks between or within columns to reorder.

Assign your tasks and set due dates.

Never miss a deadline with your project calendar.

Drag and drop tasks on your calendar to change their due dates.

Add everyone who needs to stay updated on your project as members.

Project members will get notified of new conversations, statuses, and tasks.

Post conversations to make announcements or start discussions.

Your post will be sent to all project members.

Use Progress to see how your project is moving forward.

Set a project status to update your team on how it’s going.

The Project Owner will be reminded to set a status once a week.

Open and organize projects from your sidebar.

Favorite projects to pin them to the top of your sidebar.

Click the star button on the left of your project name to favorite it.

Create new projects from any screen using your top bar.

Now you can move projects forward with your team.

Just one more lesson before you dive in.

Communicate and coordinate faster with Inbox.

Check Inbox to quickly read and respond to your latest updates.

Inbox will notify you when you have a task due…

and when teammates update tasks, conversations, and projects you follow.

Open and respond to updates without leaving Inbox.

Click an update and you’ll have all the context you need to respond.

Archive updates you’re ready to dismiss.

Click the X that appears on the right of an update to archive it.

Open Archive to move dismissed updates back to your Inbox.

Click the arrow that appears on the right of an archived update to move it back to Inbox.

Unfollow tasks or projects to stop receiving updates about them.

In the end, you have control over the updates you receive (or choose not to receive)

When you’re ready, you can turn Asana’s Email notifications off.

Most communication with your team can be more easily managed from Inbox. Just remember to check it often.

Congratulations! Now you’re ready to have a great work day with Asana.