Get started with Asana Goals

Goals are available to all Asana Business and Enterprise customers.

This article covers how to use Asana’s Goals feature. Learn how to successfully manage your organization’s goals and the foundations of a goal management process with our Lead the goals management process in your organization article.

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Goals overview

Goal tracking connects work with its purpose. It keeps your company and teams aligned, engaged, and agile in the face of changing needs.

With Asana Goals, your company goals and work, like milestones, projects, and portfolios, are connected in the same place.

Read more to learn about how to use Asana Goals for company and team goal tracking and how to connect goals with work in Asana.

Company goals

Company goals are created by the leadership team based on the organization’s mission and priorities. Every year, they convey the strategy that teams will support with their own goals.

The Company goals screen gives you an overview of these goals.

create company goals

To create Company goals:

  1. Head to the Company goals tab and click the + icon.
  2. From here, you can enter the goal’s name, choose a goal owner, select a time period, decide on the goal’s privacy, and the measurements you will use to measure success.

Team goals

Team goals are created by teams to support company goals and goals from other teams.

create team goals

To create Team goals:

  1. Head to the Team goals tab and click the + Add goal button or the + icon next to the team’s name.
  2. From here, you can fill out all the details for the team goal.

My goals

my goals

Use the My goals tab to quickly find and monitor the goals you own. Navigate to the My goals tab within the Goals section on your sidebar. Here you can filter by all, open, and closed goals.

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How to create a goal

You can add a new goal at a company or team level.

create a goal

To create a new goal:

  1. Enter a name that describes the outcome of the goal
  2. Assign the goal to an owner and define if it’s a team or company goal
  3. Choose a time period by which the goal will be completed
  4. Select the privacy of the goal
  5. You can add members to the goal; they will receive notifications about comments, status updates, and other goal activities.
  6. You can make the goal a subgoal to another parent goal
  7. Choose how you’d like to measure the progress of your goal
  8. Click Save goal

Deleting a goal

You can delete a goal by clicking the drop-down arrow next to the goal’s name and selecting Delete goal.

delete goal

team goals tab

From your Team goals tab, you can:

  1. View a list of goals associated with the team. You can click the arrow next to the goal name to expand a list of sub-goals.
  2. Modify a goal’s team association, or remove the association
  3. Edit a goal’s time period
  4. View a goal’s progress and click to navigate to the goal directly
  5. Change the owner for the goals displayed

When the team association is changed, the goal will be moved to the new team.

Viewing and filtering your goals

When navigating and reviewing goals, you can customize your view with filters to focus on what matters. Learn more about viewing and filtering your goals.

Goals privacy and sharing

Goals can be public to your entire company or private. Private goals are visible only to its owner and members. Read more about goals privacy and sharing.

Progress, status, and connecting work to goals

Progress and status are the key indicators of how your organization is tracking against their goals. Connecting goals to work provides clarity about the why of its progress and status. Learn more about progress, status, and connecting work to goals.

Goals comments, notifications, and activity history

Comments

You can comment under goals to ask questions, enable discussions, provide additional information or offer insight to anyone with access to the goal in question. Goal comments enable contextual communication and collaboration for all those with access to goals. You can use goal comments to draft goals with collaborators and align on goals with stakeholders.

comments

Activity history

Goal comments and activities will appear at the bottom of your given goal. Since its origin, you can identify all of the goal’s interactions.

activity

View a historical trail of changes in activity to:

  • Conduct a look-back analysis
  • Assess the process for blockers
  • Forecast similarly shaped future goals
  • Track the activity to inform decisions

Goals notifications

Notifications will be triggered in inbox, mobile, and email for the following:

Goal Owners will receive a notification when:

  • You are added as an owner
  • You are removed as an owner
  • The due date has been changed
  • You are added as a collaborator
  • The status of the goal is changed

Collaborators will receive a notification when:

  • You are added as a collaborator
  • The status of the goal is changed

Team members do not receive notifications unless they are added as the owner or a collaborator. Anyone who wants to get updates on goals should be added as a collaborator.

Mission statement

mission

To add or edit an existing mission statement:

  1. Navigate to the Goals section in your sidebar
  2. Click on the Company goals tab
  3. Click on Mission

Adding or editing your company’s mission statement can only be done by organization admins.

My Goals Widget

My goals allow you to easily track the goals you own directly from your home, so you’re clear on what you need to do and why it’s important.

goals widget

To get started, add the My goals widget by selecting it from the Customize menu on the top right corner of your Home and dragging it from the sidebar onto your Home. You can use the overflow menu to display the widget in full or half size, depending on your preferences. You can use the filtering menu from the widget to display open goals, closed goals, or both.

More goals resources

Goals FAQ

Are goals accessible on Android and IOS?

Yes, goals are available in a view-only state on Android and IOS. View-only means the goals can't be edited or altered on the mobile version of Asana. To edit or change a goal, please use the desktop version of Asana.

I don't have Asana Business, can I still access goals?

Non-business users will not be able to access goals, though they can be added as an owner or collaborators.

Goals in Workspaces

Goals are also available for Workspaces that have Asana Business. As Workspaces operate as one team, there isn't the ability to toggle between multiple teams from your goal's list view. All goals will be added at the Workspace level.

What happens if I delete a team my goals are housed under?

Deleting the team will not delete the goals, as goals are housed at an organizational level. This means that if you delete your team, you can still search for your goals using the search bar.

However, it is recommended that any goals assigned to the team are reassigned to another appropriate team before deletion. This will allow you to filter the goals using the newly assigned team for easier navigation.

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