How to start using Asana

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PHOTOGRAPH of real Asana customers with colorful Asana tasks floating around them showing what they've achieved with the product There's a lot our customers can achieve with Asana, and here's a quick rundown of the most important things to know when you're just getting started. If you would like a trainer to walk you through the content and answer your questions in real time you can sign up for a training webinar

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1. How to create a task

create a task

Everything starts with a task. Tasks are actionable to-do’s and the most important building block of Asana.

To create a task, start in a project, type a task name, then press enter to keep adding more.

Task best practices

task best practices

  • Make task names specific and action-based so it's clear what you need to do. Add a task description so the assignee knows what they need to do.
  • Assign the task to a teammate and set a due date (even if it's just a guess). That way it's clear who is responsible for what.
  • Attach files with any relevant context, information, or working documents. Also, make sure to attach completed files when you're marking the task complete so teammates can find your work and know it's done.
  • Add teammates as task collaborators so they can stay up to date on task progress. You can ping them by @mentioning them when you comment on a task.

2. How to create your first project

Projects are how you organize and plan all of the tasks related to a specific initiative, goal, or big piece of work. You can visualize projects on list, board, calendar, or timeline view and toggle between these views at anytime.

project views in Asana

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Types of projects you can manage in Asana

You can plan and manage almost any project or process in Asana, but here are the most common examples:

Types of Asana projects

See more examples in our ways to use Asana section or get started with a pre-made project in our templates library.

3. Organize your project

Group related tasks together with sections

Example of sections

Sections group your tasks, making it easier to parse the project. They’re most helpful for categories that won’t change as work moves forward. For example, you could create sections by timeframe (like quarters or month), project phase, or a Kanban style “to do,” “doing,” and “done.”

Sort and filter tasks in projects with custom fields

custom field sort

Custom fields are like spreadsheet column headers to help you filter and sort tasks in your project by things like priority, task status, cost, or approval. Group your project by clicking any header and using the filter and sort buttons.

4. How to find work that is assigned to you and updates on your work

As projects move forward, and new work comes your way, Asana gives you lots of options to stay on top of it. Tasks assigned to you will appear in your My Tasks. Your Asana Inbox contains notifications which include updates on projects you're a member of, and tasks that you collaborate on or that are assigned to you. Open the sidebar to access your My Tasks or Inbox:

My Tasks

My tasks

My tasks shows only the tasks assigned to you and when they’re due. Come back to My tasks throughout the day to check off tasks you’ve completed, see any new work that’s come in, and get started on your next task.



Inbox is a filtered news feed of updates, but only for the work you’re following. You can also respond to things right from Inbox and quickly navigate to your work.

From the sidebar you can also access the home page, reporting, portfolios and goals, however, My Tasks and Inbox are where you will find tasks assigned to you personally and updates about your work.

5. How Asana's organized

Projects and tasks are the most fundamental building blocks of Asana.

Overview of Asana structure

  1. Organizations are based on your company’s shared email domain, and connect everybody within your company that uses Asana.
  2. Teams are functional groups in an Organization that likely correspond to general teams, like marketing or sales, or functional groups like "NYC Office."
  3. Projects are stored in teams (and Portfolios) to track all the actionable steps, information, and communications towards achieving a goal, initiative, or objective.
  4. Tasks are stored in projects and make it clear who’s responsible for what by when. Tasks store all the files, messages, and instructions related to it so they're easy to find in one place.
  5. Portfolios store groups of projects. You can use them to see all the projects and status updates towards an initiative or objective in one place.

More resources to help you learn how to use Asana

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