Set Due Date as Required field

My employees sometimes forget due dates on our tasks and subtasks. For our system to work properly, those dates have to be filled it. How can we set the due dates as required fields, so without them you can’t leave the page???

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I think you can’t. Asana is really open about all of this and you can’t set anything to be compulsory. You would have to educate people. Also you can create a report with tasks without a due date, and everyday comment on those to ask for a due date to be filled…

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Hi John,

Since Asana is so flexible and can be used in different ways it would be difficult to require a due dates, especially since many tasks are not technically tasks at all. Similar to @Bastien_Siebman I would suggest the Advanced reporting feature to monitor though tasks that don’t have due dates. If you would rather not comment on each individual task I might suggest setting up a recurring task that is a general ‘Please update your tasks without due dates’. It would cut down the amount of work on your end. Or you can offer a little incentive for those that have due dates on all of there tasks throughout the week, like a free coffee on Friday or 1:1 with the boss, etc.

I hope that helps,
Katie

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Our business requiring mandatory fields shouldn’t filter into other business. Seems it should be easy enough to toggle mandatory fields off and on dependent on their application/team.

Hi John,

I guess I’m not following. Can you explain a little more what you mean by requiring mandatory fields shouldn’t filter into other business?

Thanks,
Katie

Katie, I’m just saying one Team that mandates Due Dates shouldn’t reduce the flexibility of Asana on a whole-scale, only within that one Team.

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John,

I see. I would think this would be cumbersome to manage at the user level. We have a mixture of tasks as well as documents, descriptions, etc all within the same project. If this needed to be managed at the task level I would think that would be too granular and if this was managed at the project level you would have many cases where the ‘tasks’ would need a due date, yet you would get an error. Just my thoughts.

Katie

This is not a complex issue in my mind. Add the ability in advanced search to look for task with no due date and you have what you need. Unfortunately this is not a current feature.

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