Top features to discover

One of the major “a-ha!” moments in Asana is when customers realize they can connect their work across Asana and see it in different places—without duplicating anything or losing context.

Ping teammates and reference other work with @mentioning

Use @mentioning to link to teammates, projects, conversations, and tasks

@mentioning creates a link to projects, conversations, teammates, or tasks from any description or comment field in Asana.

When to use @mentioning

  • Linking to background information—@mention another task, project, or conversation so their previous work history and context are immediately accessible. Your teammates won’t have to search for this information either.

  • Calling out related tasks—If one task is related to another, you can @mention the other task in a comment or task description so teammates are aware of other relevant work that is happening.

  • Address a comment to a specific teammate—@mention your teammate in a task or conversation to add them as a follower. They’ll get a notification and can direct their attention to your comment.

Prevent duplicate work by adding the same task to multiple projects

Type Tab + P and use the + button that appears to add the task to as many projects as needed. If a task is updated, the changes are reflected in both projects (since it's the same task, but listed in two projects).

When to add tasks to multiple projects

  • You want to discuss a task in a meetingAdd the task to your meeting project and keep it in the original project. Then you won’t forget to discuss it and can see it in context with work occurring around it.

  • The task is relevant to more than one project—Add tasks that require a handoff or work from two teams to both teams' projects. Then everyone can track progress, without duplicating information or conversations about the task.

  • Your task relates to a high-level goal or milestoneTrack goals in a project with your team or company. When you have a project that tracks the steps you will then take to achieve that goal, you can keep the goal task in your goal project, as well as the project tracking your initiative.

Make sure work starts at the right time and order with dependencies

For smoother, clearer handoffs, mark tasks as dependent on one another. Teammates will know who they might be blocking, and who they're waiting on. You can set them within the task, or easily drag and drop them in Timeline View.

GIF of creating dependencies on a Timeline in Asana

If the due date gets changed on the first task, you’ll receive a notification so you can update the due date for your dependent task accordingly.

When to use dependencies

  • Product launches: “Launch to all users” is waiting on “Incorporate feedback from beta testers”
  • Editorial calendar: “Finalize blog for staging” is waiting on “Incorporate copyedits”
  • Event planning: “Secure venue” is waiting on “Approve budget”
  • Bug tracking: “Prioritize fix” is waiting on “Reproduce bug”
  • Design reviews: “Begin designs” is waiting on “Select color palette”
  • New hire onboarding: “Elect benefits” is waiting on “Obtain login information from IT”

Filter, sort, and track specific details with custom fields

Adding custom fields to a project means you can track even more information in each task. Create drop-down, number, or text fields to capture information and track progress, status, and more. You can even use the same fields across different projects, see them in Calendar View, or sort your projects by them.

Track anything with custom fields in Asana. Use Asana for your editorial calendar and sort by custom fields to see all your work by stage, for example

When to use custom fields

Use custom fields if you:

  • Want to add certain data to all the tasks in a project
  • Have standard information you need to track on tasks across projects (e.g., priority level, time costing, work stage)
  • Want to make sure your teammates fill out certain information for each task in a project
  • Need to search for or report on specific data fields (like priority, hours, stage, etc.)

Viewing custom fields in an Advanced Search in Asana

Capture project briefs and request details to action them faster with forms

Your team might be used to making requests and outlining project requirements in docs and email. But this information is often disorganized and incomplete, causing confusion and slowdowns, if not just falling through the cracks. Instead you can create forms to standardize the request process. When submitted, forms connect to a specific project to capture the information you need up front, and track it easily in one place.

Screenshot of a form created with Asana to submit a creative brief

Forms can be submitted by anyone—even if they don’t use Asana—by sending them the form link. Once submitted, the form details turn into a task in your project so it can get prioritized.

Set up a form by following the steps outlined here.

Connect your work across tools and email with integrations

Asana helps you manage and coordinate your work, but you probably use a variety of tools to get things done across G Suite apps, Microsoft, Slack, Adobe Creative Cloud, and more.

That’s why Asana integrates with top tools and apps to keep everything connected, reduce duplicate work, and make collaboration more seamless. Integrations are especially powerful with email and messaging tools to keep conversations actionable. With the Gmail Add-on, Outlook app, or Slack integrations, you can turn conversations into a task without having to switch tools. And for creative, the Adobe Creative Cloud integration enables them to see and action Asana tasks right in Illustrator, Photoshop, or InDesign.

SCREENSHOT of Adobe Creative Cloud integration with Asana task visible in Adobe program

See all Asana integrations on the apps page.

Sorry, we don't support this browser

Asana doesn't work with the internet browser you are currently using. Please sign up using one of these supported browsers instead.

Choose your language

Selecting a language changes the language and/or content on asana.com