Start Date Tasks in Today's My Tasks

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback with us @Anna_Greenwald!

We actually already have a thread on this topic, so in order to keep the Forum as organized as possible, I’ve gone ahead and merged your post with the existing thread; I hope you don’t mind!

Just wanted to add my vote for sorting/promoting by start date rather than end date. We use date ranges for two reasons: 1) the task will take longer than one day to complete, or 2) we are uncertain of the other person’s schedule and therefore want to give them several days in which to get it done. Many in my team sort their “My Tasks” by due date. Therefore they don’t even see these tasks until the day they are due, rather than several days before, as intended.

At this point, our only workarounds are to either a) skip date ranges altogether and put the “due” date as the start date and then explain the comments that it’s a “fluid” date. Or b) create an additional subtask due on the “start” date so that it pops up in their tasks at the right time. Both require additional time/energy.

Can someone explain the reasoning behind having ranges sort by end date?

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Happy to add my vote here, citing the same concerns other users have voiced about this feature.

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@Marie is it still the case that task auto promotion is based on the due date and not the start date?

Yes @Bastien_Siebman, that hasn’t changed :slight_smile:

Please change this feature to add the option as start date. It has caused us to miss a few deadlines as my designer didn’t complete the work as the end date showed as the due date.

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I’ve long wanted to be able to organize my lists better. I wish I could order by project, and then due date within that project.

But now with start date the thing I want most is to be able to order my tasks by the start date. That way I can really think only about the things that I’m supposed to be working on now, but can also see ahead what’s coming up, even if the due date is far down the line. I can see it in the list, but It’s harder to think about when it’s not in order.

If I set a start date on a task it means I need to be reminded to start working on that task on a certain date. However, with this new feature the task appear ordered by due date (when I set “order by due date”) and it loses sense: what’s the point of setting a start date if I only see the task on top of my list when it is due? I hope Asana team solves this (or at least develops the possibility of choosing where the task is shown").

@Alexis one of my team members asked me about this same thing- is there another topic that addresses this or suggests a work-around?

Hi there!

Loving asana so far but there’s this one thing that, for me, doesn’t really make sense and has caused me a lot of trouble last year.

Whenever we set a time span for the development of a task (start and due date), the task grid displays it at the bottom – on the due date. The problem is that I don’t see this task (that usually is a more complex one) flagged as green until it’s due date :cold_sweat:

Wouldn’t it be nice to have such task positioned at the top of the grid on the start date and keep it fixed and green (as for today) until the due date? Doing so would help to make sure that this task gets some attention throughout the days.

What do you guys think?
Cheers!

Absolutely, Tasks should be promoted and given high visibility on their Start Date. That is the major benefit of a Start Date. I suspect it would be difficult to find someone who disagrees with this.

Thanks to @paulminors pointing that out to me, it looks like now task auto-promotion is using the start date and not the due date anymore! My today’s test agrees :slight_smile: @Marie can you confirm?

Hello! I found this online saying that it tasks that are in progress or starting should show on my Today tabs

" Now, your Today section will automatically include tasks that are starting, in-progress, or due."

This is not happening for my project. Do I have to change something? @Marie

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My workflow would benefit from a generalization of this concept to include all blocked tasks. I include tasks which are:

  • not yet started
  • waiting on a dependency
  • tagged with “blocked” or similar because they’re waiting on external events like an email response

Hey there!

I wanted to suggest/request an improvement for date ranges.

The start range should show if the task is DUE on that day vs having a date showing in my tasks list.

I find tasks are slipping through the cracks when you have your tasks set to filter by due date and something that you should be working on that week is not showing up at the top of the list because it gets sorted by the final due date.

For example if I had due date for OCT 1 - OCT 10 I would right now see that the task starts
Today-OCT 10th but it wouldn’t be at the bottom of my list

If I were to go to my tasks on OCT 2nd the task would show the date range of OCT 1-OCT 10 not alerting met at all that this is due in a week and I should be working on it. So maybe it should ALWAYS show Today-final date until the task is completed and should always sort from the start date vs last date of the date range this way it is always at the top of your list.

There needs to be a better way to use date ranges and to make it more apparent these tasks are due that week because if you have a lot of tasks like me then those tasks get LOST at the bottom of your list and something you should have been working on for a week then needs to be rushed since you didn’t realize the task due date started.

A task with start and end date appears in my task list the day of the end date. My opinion is, I should be reminded when I have to start the task, not when its over. How can I change that? For example: To do November 8th until February 18th - in my task list on February 18th. I would like to see it November 8th. Thanks a lot!

Hi @Christine_Roth, thanks for reaching out and sharing your feedback with us! Unfortunately this is currently working as expected. We already have a thread on this topic so I’ve gone ahead and merged your post with the main thread to centralize feedback. We’ll keep the main thread updated as soon as we have any news.

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I really wish this would be updated. I was going to reach out and ask if it was already an option… but I see this thread was started in 2018 and it hasn’t been implemented in Asana yet. I’m hoping there is an update about this soon, this is a super useful feature in Asana but it isn’t beneficial if I can’t see when I’m supposed to start a task if I don’t see it until it’s already due…

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Are there any updated on when/if this feature will be implemented? Thanks!

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Hello, I’m chiming in to add my support. I have been burned many times by this “feature”. I work using my tasks in list view sorted by due date. It’s rare that I have a chance to look ahead beyond what’s due today. It’s frustrating not seeing a big time-consuming task until the day it’s due when the assignee actually set the start date for me to work on a week prior.

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