Meeting agendas

How to create a meeting agenda in Asana

While you can create a meeting agenda project for any meeting, you might want to start with a recurring team meeting or one-on-ones, then build agendas for any meeting as needed. There are a few ways to create your meeting agenda. To get started quickly:

  1. Start with the meeting agenda template and customize it for your team’s needs.
  2. Or, import an existing spreadsheet where you currently plan meetings.

SCREENSHOT of a weekly team meeting agenda project in Asana

If you’re a free user, prefer to build your own meeting agenda from scratch, or want general best practices for Asana projects follow along with our How to Asana video tutorial:

Examples of meetings you can plan with Asana

You can plan any meeting in Asana, but here are some ideas to get you started:

Tips for planning and preparing for your meeting

1. Add discussion topics and agenda items as tasks

As you think of topics you need to discuss or address, add agenda items to the project as tasks. You can create new tasks just for the agenda, or add existing tasksfrom other projects. Since tasks can live in multiple projects, you won’t have to duplicate them. Once you’ve covered that topic, you can remove it from the agenda project.

Agree on team conventions about who can contribute to the meeting agenda. For example, you could let anyone add to it, or have a meeting leader map it out.

2. Review and prioritize discussion items before the meeting

Create sections (or columns if it’s a board project) to organize your agenda items. You can create categories like agenda, follow up, upcoming, and notes.

Before the meeting, review and prioritize the agenda topics by dragging and dropping tasks to put them in the right order.

3. Share any files or important context before the meeting

Meeting agenda projects also make it easier for attendees to find the resources and context they might need before attending. For example, if you need teammates to read something beforehand, create a task with the context or files needed, then assign task copies to the attendees with a due date before the meeting so they come prepared.

Tips for running your meeting

1. Make the agenda visible to all during the meeting

Meetings can get off track if teammates aren’t all focused on the same thing. Pull up your agenda in Asana to have on-screen during a meeting, or encourage teammates to pull it up on their mobile app. This also helps teammates, no matter where they are attending from, all have the same view during the meeting.

2. Track action items and follow-ups for better accountability

We’ve all volunteered to do something in a meeting then gotten back to our desk with no memory of what we agreed to. Instead, teammates can create tasks for action items that come up during the meeting and assign them out. By including details in the task description the context and why it’s needed are clear even after the meeting wraps.

3. Distribute meeting notes more easily

Instead of following up separately with meeting notes, you can just create a notes task within your agenda and add any attendees or no-shows as task followers so they can see a recap, in tandem with the agenda you went through.

Make sure to distribute note-taking duties evenly amongst attendees so everyone can actively participate and ensuring the same people don’t always volunteer.

4. Discuss ideas and strategy instead of mere status updates

Because using Asana overall helps give you a better pulse on what’s happening and where work stands, you might find this reduces meeting frequency, or helps make the discussions more impactful. When you don’t have to run through a simple “to do, doing, done” checklist, you can better tap into blockers, problems, and results.

Want help using Asana for status updates? Check out our online course or helpful features to monitor project statuses.

Resources for planning agendas and leading meetings

Resources Link
Video tutorial Watch How to Asana
Meeting agenda template Use template
On-demand course Register for Asana Academy

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