Planning for the new year in Asana

As we close out 2017, we find ourselves at a natural time to start planning for the new year. How do you prepare for the start of a new year, whether in Asana or out of Asana, and for work or your personal life? Do you set goals in Asana and if so, how do you organize your goals in tasks and/or projects? We’d love to learn from you!

I’ll kick things off by saying that in my personal life I prepare for the new year in a few different ways. I like to free write by hand to figure out what’s on my mind and what I want to work on. From there, I select a few goals and then I use a goals project in Asana to keep track of my goals for the year. This year I’m setting goals in different parts of my life, so I’ll create project sections for each category (ex. Friends, Career, Fun, etc.). Another non Asana thing I like to do at the end of the year is clean up, clean out, and donate. In the spirit of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying, I like to keep the things that are meaningful and give away the things that are not in order to get the year started off with intention.

If you’re looking for guidance on where to start with goal setting, I highly recommend using a tool called the Wheel of Life. The Wheel of Life helps you look at your life in a handful of categories that can help you get really focused about what you want to work on.


For 2017 I had goals located at the bottom of the Upcoming section. Every day and several times a day I review My Tasks from bottom to top, seeing my goals several times a day. I also created a 2018 goals task to start thinking about them. As the years ends I will write a blog post about 2017 and 2018 goals :stuck_out_tongue:


Would love to read it! Please share a link here in this thread.

I like that you have your goals visible to you on a regular basis! Always in the back of your mind, I bet.

Here it is, but in French (some family members don’t read English)

Key takeway: Asana was at the center of 2017 for me and will definitely be in 2018 :heart:


In the last several years, I’ve begun having stronger physical and emotional reactions to stress. Therefore, one of my main goals (and Asana has already been a huge help with this) is to make my work life more streamlined so that stress does not bleed over into my personal life.

Just before the holidays, I discovered this thread: How do you organize your to-dos in My Tasks? - #4 by Alexis and it was a total game-changer for me.

My work goals for 2018 that will be achieved with the help of Asana will be

  1. continue organizing My Tasks - making daily tasks easy to choose and complete
  2. building more on the pomodoro technique by tracking my time. I’ve built out a couple different projects to test which style I prefer to use for this.
  3. improve my social media planning by utilizing Asana. Again, I’ve built out a couple different style of projects to test out which I really prefer for this.
  4. figure out how we want to build our editorial calendar in Asana. We haven’t been able to nail that down just yet.
  5. Strictly maintain planning periods so I can do all of the above. :slight_smile:

I also keep a project that is just for myself and my director that is personal Goals & Milestones. I add things there as they happen so that we can discuss them in our 1-1, review regularly to see what I’ve accomplished and what’s still ahead.

By accomplishing all these goals at work, I will feel freer to leave work on time (rather than putting in extra hours) and to unplug when I get home. Most of my personal goals depend on me lessening my use of electronics - to get back to my dance fitness classes, reflective journaling, hike more on weekend excursions with my husband and dog, etc…

However, Asana will help on a personal level. I would like to establish a bit more of a daily routine and a project within Asana will be used until I’ve turned the routine into a habit.
I also want to keep better track of tax deductions & spending so we’ll have a household project for those. (I bought my husband a new phone for christmas and installed the Asana app so he has no excuses :slight_smile: )