I’ve just put together a small configuration that allows you to create an Asana “Create” button on your Mac’s Touch Bar keyboard to quickly create new tasks or reminders from anywhere. As you may know from most productivity systems, rule #1 is usually to have a centralised/unified “inbox” for all new tasks and activities - so there you go. It’s been working well for me and I use it many times a day when I’m not right inside of Asana anyway.
It’s a little technical but here’s a video tutorial:
It relies on the commercial BetterTouchTool, but I found that it’s definitely worth it!
And here’s a textual (but very terse) tutorial that could be a little harder to follow but may be sufficient for the techies:
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Asana Task Creation Button for MacBook Touch Bar
If you're on a newer Macbook with a Touch Bar and if you use Asana, you might want to have a nice little button that always allows you to create Asana tasks quickly no matter which app you're in or what you're doing on your computer.. This little setup allows you to do just so!
![Photo of the Asana Touch Bar Helper](https://github.com/danieliversen/asana-touchbar-helper/raw/master/asana-touchbar.png "Asana Touch Bar once configured")
- A Macbook with Touch Bar
- The excellent BetterTouchTool (you will download a trial in these instructions)
## Instructions for installing the Asana Touch Bar Helper
(Note if you want the video tutorial then see below)
1. Download the Asana task creation script that will be run from the Touch Bar from [https://www.dropbox.com/s/bfkzn1o3uef2bql/asana-create-task-script.zip?dl=1](https://www.dropbox.com/s/bfkzn1o3uef2bql/asana-create-task-script.zip?dl=1) into your Documents folder
2. Download the BetterTouchTool Asana button configuration from [https://www.dropbox.com/s/qhmmk0wk8u09k5t/asana-touch-bar-button.bttpreset?dl=1](https://www.dropbox.com/s/qhmmk0wk8u09k5t/asana-touch-bar-button.bttpreset?dl=1)
3. Download, Install and Open (then close again) BetterTouchTool from [https://folivora.ai](https://folivora.ai)
4. Create an Asana App API token (view [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AubkOn_-VBE](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AubkOn_-VBE))
5. Get your Workspace ID by visiting [https://app.asana.com/api/1.0/workspaces](https://app.asana.com/api/1.0/workspaces) (it's a 15 digit ID)
6. Modify the Apple Automator workflow you downloaded in step 1 and insert your workspace ID and auth ID
Finally, make sure that you don’t share your Asana API token with anyone, because it is the access “key” to all your Asana data.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments.