💡 Sort by date... when there is no date field

Here is the trick of the day!

:spiral_calendar: Custom fields of type Date don’t exist yet, so usually people use a text field to store some date on a task (that is not the due date).

If you want to be able to sort the task list based on that field, make sure to input dates in YYYY-MM-DD format. That way, an alphabetical sort will actually be a chronological order!

Pretty cool right?


Do you know if there is a way to do a multi-tier sort? We have a project with tasks set up with multiple custom fields. We can do a primary sort using one of the custom fields. However, we need a secondary sort with another custom field.

Example… custom field 1 is customer and custom field 2 is project. We want to sort all tasks by customer and then by project (or the reverse… by project, by customer).

I cannot find a way to do this in Asana. Can you point me in the right direction?

I believe you can’t. @LEGGO can you confirm?


That is correct, @Bastien_Siebman. Currently, you are only able to perform a single condition sort.

The only other delineation is you can filter by a separate custom field or utilize sections to separate tasks by a specific criteria.

Here is the #productfeedback to upvote the suggestion to perform a sort across multiple conditions: Sort and filter project by multiple fields (Due date and assignee for example)


@Michael_Hess, For a workaround, consider:

@Bastien_Siebman, if you want to use this for your 🔥 Hottest feature requests and their workarounds do feel free!


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This is a great suggestion. . . . any idea when (or if) we’ll be able to create a custom field that’s a date type?? I have to do this a LOT - e.g. for test start date or go-live date & don’t want to create lots of additional tasks, just want a nice way to keep track of the information & would like to do less typing.
PLUS, I work with a lot of international people who don’t love US date formats, so I have to do lots more typing to add month. Would love to pull off a calendar & then everyone can see it the way they’re used to.

My gut feeling says it will be available one day, but I have no idea when. The problem with this type is that it could encourage people not to use the Due Date but a custom field instead, and that might confuse some of the new users. So maybe the Product team is hesitant :man_shrugging: #guess

It might confuse new users, but it’s seriously limiting what I can use Asana for at our company. Id say not being able to set dates in a project management software is more confusing, hence why so many people are asking for it. I’d love to keep using and paying for Asana, but I can’t recommend my company to continue using Asana if this feature isn’t implemented ASAP.

Asana is a project management software, how can we manage projects without being able to set dates (aside from basic due dates)?

It’s a bare bones feature for a project management software that has been asked for hundreds, if not thousands, of times since before 2017, what is the hold up?

Does the Asana product team have a due date set for implementing this feature? Or is it still a “maybe we’ll get to it one day” kind of situation?

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As far as I know, this is not on the roadmap, their “asap” could be next year :sweat_smile:

They don’t communicate on the roadmap.

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