Interpret shortcodes in emails to set metadata

I frequently send email to Asana to create tasks. Once submitted, I go into Asana to my task list and update the task metadata (e.g., due date, projects, assignee, etc.)

Wouldn’t it be cool if I could do this in the message so Asana could assign the metadata for me?

For example, if I had the following text in my email:


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[assignee:Gerry Smith]
[description:Setup a meeting with the firewall vendor to discuss supporting IPv6.]


Asana would then parse these “shortcodes” and set the metadata for me. This could be useful from a variety of input devices. For example, I use the reMarkable tablet for notes.

Hi @David_Sweeney1 and welcome to the forum!

FYI our Flowsana integration does exactly this - it’s called the Hashtag Automation feature and you can see more about it here.

(P.S. I am also a user of and huuuuuge fan of the reMarkable tablet!)