I’m an enthusiastic Asana user for many years now, but always just for my own tasks.
My work relies HEAVILY on emails (I’d love to see that change to working in collaboration tools, but that’s not going to happen anytime soon -long story but it’s part of the nature of my job).
I’ve been using the Asana Outlook Add-in since it’s launch to quickly create tasks from emails if I can’t respond straight away. Almost everytime the task results in me having to respond to said emails. The one thing I’ve been struggling with all that time is there’s no easy way to get back to an email you’ve created a task from. Not in Outlook, that is.
I’ve discovered that the Gmail add-in creates a comment with the email containing a hyperlink back to the original email. The Outlook add-in does not, it only creates a comment with the contents of the email.
I’ve seriously considered switching to MS To Do for some while especially for this functionality: the way it automatically creates a task with a link to open the email when flagging an email in Outlook is perfect. I’ve gone back to Asana because I can manage my projects better here, but the hassle of getting back to an email I’ve created a task from bugs me even more after that.
I would love to be able to just work from Asana, open a task that requires me to respond to an e-mail, click a link to get to that e-mail in the browser, respond, get back and complete the task. No distractions from new messages in inbox, no searching for the email I need to respond to.
How do you all manage emails and Asana? Do you have any tips on how to create a workflow on tasks from emails with less hassle, less clicks, less distractions?
Thanks for your help!