Natural language for task creation

I would love to see natural language implemented for task-creation. Asana makes it intuitive and easy to set these things up using their regular point-and-click interface, but being able to also type it into the task name directly would exponentially speed up the task-creation speed for power-users. For those who wouldn’t use this, those that are annoyed by the potential triggers when typing in a task name, there could simply be a toggle in the settings to turn this feature off.

Some examples include: Follow-up with designer’s feedback tomorrow @Website Build /Follow-up

“Tomorrow” assigns the due date for tomorrow, the @ places it in that project, and the slash indicates the section of that project. A fantastic example of the fluidity of this kind of natural language is Todoist. In the blink of an eye I can create a task that is set to repeat on the fifth day of each month, at medium priority, in a specific project and section, with a specific assignee. All within literally 3-4 seconds.

@Joel_Lee,

Until/if Asana provides this natively (and don’t forget to vote for your request!), flowsana.net from our own @Phil_Seeman already provides a number of these exact features via its rule trigger for “If the task name contains the word or phrase" and its hashtag automation features.

Hope that helps,

Larry

Hi @Joel_Lee,

As @lpb says, our Hashtag Automation comes close - it does require you to add a hashtag before text you want interpreted, but it does most of what you mentioned.

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Hi all,

I’m trying to create a rule in My Tasks, that will automatically put a recently added task into a section (Reading List) based on the text in the task saying ‘Reading List:’.

I’m usually sending an email to asana, with the ‘Reading List:’ in the subject title.

I don’t seem to be able to find a trigger that will allow this. Seems like it should be a basic function, but would appreciate any help.

@Harris_Silver,

This isn’t possible natively in Asana, but I’ve merged your request with another thread and you can vote at the top for this.

Also, see my reply there for a possible workaround:

Larry

Hi @Harris_Silver,

@lpb mentioned the HashTag Automation feature of our Flowsana integration (thanks!); for your use case, I actually think the best fit would be our Rules feature, as Flowsana has a rule trigger for “If the task name contains the word or phrase _________”.

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