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.
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.
@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 _________”.
In the My Tasks section at least, I often use this as a to-do list.
If i create a task with a title called ‘product intro presentation due tomorrow’ or ‘due wednesday’, it should be smart enough to set the due date to tomorrow/ the next wednesday to arrive/etc. The title could then revert to “product intro presentation”.
“Tomorrow 2pm # Make a mission” Will automatically set the due date for tomorrow and the time to 2 pm and remove that info from the topic (the topic in the provided example will be “Make a mission”. you can add a unique separator to ensure the user uses this feature and no important information is being deleted from the topic.
The need to add the fields and populate them for someone who’s working with the system all the time is exhausting.
Google uses the same thing when adding an event to its calendar.
And thanks for a great product,
And thank you also for the opportunity to say what is bothering me.