Essentialist approach applied to My Tasks

Yesterday, I started reading the book “Essentialism” which was recommended to me by a friend.

I was shocked when I realized that the way I was teaching and explaining the My Tasks view in Asana is perfectly aligned with the model described in the book.

“I choose to” → you decide what goes at the top of your My Tasks, not others

“Only a few things really matter” → if you have dozens of priorities, they aren’t

“What are the trade-offs?” → you need to move thing down in order to only have a few at the top

“Pauses to discern what really matter” → take a step back and look at your list at least once a day

“Says ‘no’ to everything except the essential” → placing something in your secondary bucket is a way to say no

“Removes obstacles to make execution easy” → the very first task at the top of my My Tasks is what I should be doing, it shouldn’t be my triage section

“Choose carefully in order to do great work” → triaging a My Tasks view is all about choosing

“Feels in control” → when I have only 3 items in my top priority section, I feel in total control

“Gets the right things done” → I chose the top tasks based on my company goals, my team priority and my own availability

“Experiences joy in the journey” → what a pleasure to maintain a clean list of tasks, and tackle them one by one

Feels pretty aligned, right?


Hello @Bastien_Siebman ,

i actually love it and I am really curious about learning more on your Insights about “My Tasks” … can they be found andywhere?



Those could be a good start :slight_smile:

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that sounds interesting… will check the video content and share with my team :slight_smile:

thanks for sharing!

This is super helpful (and timely). First off, I’ve tried lots of task managers over the years and have yet to find one that makes as much sense to me as Asana (FWIW, the number of other systems it integrates with is a big part of that).
But this flexibility is useful, and I appreciate the reminder/encouragement to be more thoughtful in approaching my day. I’ve always found the Eisenhower Matrix to be super helpful, but this video about using “My Tasks” honestly feels like a really proactive way for me to actually implement those principles! Thanks!

Oh my gosh, adding that automation for new tasks to “Recently Assigned” rather than “Top Priority” seems so obvious but it never occurred to me and it’s fantastic!

Next: move Recently Assigned below Top Priority :slight_smile: