Save time in Asana
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- Import project plans from spreadsheets
- Bulk edit with multi-select
- Take action with keyboard shortcuts
- Assign copies of a task
- Use quick responses
Asana was designed to help you get work done, instead of doing work about work. To keep your flow going speedily, try out these features designed to help you save time.
Import project plans from spreadsheets
Ideally your team moves away spreadsheet planning by directly planning in Asana, but if you work with other teams that use spreadsheets, you can import them as Asana projects with our CSV importer. The importer seamlessly takes your rows and columns and maps them to an Asana project with tasks, assignees, due dates, and more. You can add information from the CSV file into an empty or existing project.
First, create a new project or select an existing project. To start importing, click the project header dropdown, then Add Tasks via and select CSV. From here, you will start mapping your spreadsheet columns into Asana with the help of our importer tool.
Want to make sure information in other columns maps to your project? Create custom fields in your project before importing your file.
From here, you can begin mapping your columns to Asana fields, and voila! No busy work to track your work the way you need.
Bulk edit with multi-select
Most likely you’ve used multi-select in other programs, and it’s just as useful in Asana. To multi-select several tasks, just click then hold down Shift and click the up or down arrow.
You can also click the first task and drag the cursor to the last task. Or you can click on the first task, hold down Shift, then click again on the last task. If the tasks aren’t next to one another, hold down Shift, then click each individual task you want to select.
Once you multi-select tasks, you can take mass actions on them:
- Bulk assign them to the same person
- Give them all the same due date
- Drag and drop them elsewhere
- Tag all tasks
- Associate another project to all tasks
- Mark all tasks incomplete/complete
- Delete or merge all tasks
- Add a follower to all, or follow/unfollow all of them yourself.
Take action with keyboard shortcuts
One of the keys to saving time in Asana is learning keyboard shortcuts. You can see all keyboard shortcuts here or by typing Cmd+/ or Ctrl/ in Asana (it’s a keyboard shortcut for keyboard shortcuts!)
A majority of Asana-specific shortcuts entail typing Tab + (a letter). Some letters correspond to the feature they’re shortcutting. For example, Tab+F adds a follower.
Check out our favorites:
Tab+Q - Quick Add task
Tab+M - Assign to me
Tab+Y - Mark as Today
Tab+X - Focus mode (so you can only see the task)
Tab+S - Add a subtask
Colon (:) to a task name - Turn a task into a Section heading
Tab+↵ - Jump to task list/main pane
H in Inbox - Hide read items
Learn more: shortcuts
Assign copies of a task
You can assign copies of a task to multiple teammates, or even to a whole team, with just a couple of clicks from the task assignee field. Click the assignee field in any task then select the assign copies icon. Next, type the names of the teammates or teams you want to assign the copies to.
Task copies contain all of the same information as the original task. If you forgot something and need to bulk-edit them, use multi-select!
When to assign copies of a task:
When you need feedback on your work, assign copies of a review task to all the relevant stakeholders for comments or approval.
When routine work needs to get done, like open enrollment for benefits, assign task copies to make sure each teammate gets it done by the deadline and has all the information they need.
Assign copies for each team member to add agenda items to your team’s weekly meeting project prior to your next meeting.
You can make numerous copies of any task, but each task will still only have one assignee.
Use quick responses
To acknowledge a newly assigned task, you can use pre-populated quick responses. Just click the response you want and post it as a comment. That way the assigner immediately knows if you are on board, what questions you have, or who might be a better person to ask.
Tracking work in Asana should be quick and easy, so you can spend valuable time getting work done. Using these shortcuts are sure to save you time and streamline your Asana use.