I’ve seen a number of different valuable suggestions regarding the inbox:
- Snoozing Inbox Items (better “follow-up” capability)
- Unified inbox across workspaces and organizations
- Feature Request: Browser Tab Notification / Unread Count (that’s a little bit of self-promotion as that’s my own feedback)
However, while these suggestions would go a long way to making the content within the Asana inbox more feature-rich and noticeable, it doesn’t address the underlying problem of the inbox being an entirely-separate component of the application ― and, therefore, seemingly-inaccessible (i.e., out-of-sight, out-of-mind).
What I would propose would be the addition of a dedicated pane in much the same way that team/project navigation is currently offered on the very left of the app.
Many of my colleagues don’t necessarily want email notifications re: task/project updates coming from Asana ― they get enough email as it is ― but they don’t feel comfortable disabling those email notifications because the Asana inbox doesn’t grab your attention the way that it should. Specifically, the way any inbox should (see related threads above).
That said, I think it would make sense to eradicate some of the white space in and/or between panes (while I do love the backgrounds that are offered, I never really get to see all of it anyway) and use that space to give the inbox a dedicated presence. Here’s how I picture that working (forgive the crude mockup):
I want to have all ‘work’ exist in Asana ― and I think plenty of others would, too ― as opposed to that work being scattered across dozens of users’ inboxes. Unfortunately, it’s hard to convince people to make that leap if they know that [a] they’ll have to jump around from inbox-to-projects/tasks, [b] there’s no way for them to get up-to-date notifications on everything (cough Push Notifications at ‘Due Time’ cough), and [c] they may miss more urgent comments/questions from their colleagues.
Giving the inbox a dedicated presence would go a long way to addressing many of the issues alluded to here in these forums.
I want to get rid of the traditional inbox (Office 365, Gmail, etc.) so bad.