Tasks due today NOT in "Today" tasks

Maybe I am doing something wrong, but in the My Tasks view, my tasks that are showing today for its due date are not showing under the “Today” header. In fact, there are 290 tasks above the “Today” header from past due by 30+ days to tasks with due dates in 2021. Is there a reason that the Today header is so far down and buried under all of these tasks?

I know I can tab+y to move tasks to “Today” header, but then I would have to scroll past nearly 300 tasks to get to that header, not to mention having to do the same thing every day.

What am I missing/misunderstanding?
(sorry if this is in the wrong category)

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Hi @Jeremy_Carroll :wave:and thank you for reaching out in the Forum

Sincere apologies for the confusion here. Let me see if I can help you with this issue.

When a task is first assigned to you, it will appear under the Recently assigned priority section by default. From there, you have the option to use the Today, Upcoming and Later Sections to prioritize your tasks.

For example, you can:

  • Place tasks you’re working on today in the Today section.
  • Place tasks you’re working on this week in the Upcoming section
  • Place tasks you’re working on next week or later in the Later section

The ability to Mark tasks as Today, Upcoming, or Later is for your personal prioritization, and is only relevant in the My Tasks list. This means that these sections are not inherently connected to due dates, so unless you prioritize your tasks between these sections, they will by default remain in the Recently Assigned Section.

You can learn more about My Tasks in this Guide Article: https://asana.com/guide/help/fundamentals/my-tasks#gl-priority

I hope this gives you some clarification Jeremy! Let me know if you have any follow-up question and I’ll be more than happy to assist you further.

Have a great Thursday! :grinning:

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If a task is assigned to you and has a due date it would be nice if it auto went into the proper place: “today”, “upcoming”, or later. Is this not possible?

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Also, is the only option for viewing tasks due today through search (if not added to My Tasks)? That seems like an un-needed extra step. Is there a screen where we can see all of “todays” tasks?

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Agree!

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Hi @Chris_Parker :wave:

Thank you for reaching out. If a task is assigned to you, it will always be in your “My Task” (in Recently assigned Section by default).

From there you have the option to move these task trough the different Sections - Today, Upcoming and Later Section. As it stands, they don’t get automatically reorder according to the due date. You can learn more about My Tasks in this Guide Article: https://asana.com/guide/help/fundamentals/my-tasks#gl-priorit

To view the tasks assigned to you ordered by due date, you can sort your “My Tasks” by due date. Please see screenshot attached.

I hope this helps Chris! Please let me know if you have any follow-up question!

I understand how it works. What I’m asking is why not have it auto list in the appropriate place by date? I have hundreds of “recently assigned” tasks to go through to find the one or two I need to place by date.

Sorry, but I thought management software was designed to make our lives easier not harder.

Yesterday, I thought all my tasks were done. But, they weren’t. I had two tasks that never made it to “my tasks”. They were buried among the “recently assigned”. It wasn’t until I did a search did I find them.

Plus, when I search based on “1” day it shows the next 24 hours. So, I have tasks showing due for today and tomorrow. Wish there was a simple screen showing just “todays” tasks.

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Hi @Chris_Parker,

Just to be clear, I think the My Tasks view has some auto-promotion from one section to another, just not exactly what you’re wanting, if I understand your posts correctly.

The My Tasks view will automatically move tasks from Later to Upcoming to Today; see here for a description of how that feature works:

What it won’t do is move tasks out of the “Recently Assigned” section automatically, regardless of their date; and I think that’s what you’re pointing to and asking that it should do that. Do I have that correctly stated?

That is correct. I understand that once I place in Upcoming or Later they’ll move up the chain as the date changes.

What I don’t understand is why I have to place them in one of the 3 options. If I already assigned a due date then I’ve established the priority. It would be nice if they were auto placed in one of the 3 options.

If I create 5 projects and assign myself 30 tasks, with due dates, now I have to go and move them manually into each category. Wasted time.

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I would agree.

I didn’t find any requests for this in the “Product Feedback” forum section (surprisingly), so I’d recommend you post this as an enhancement request in that section, with a title of something like “In My Tasks, have tasks in ‘Recently Created’ auto-promote to the appropriate section” or something like that.

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Exactly.

Agreed. They should automatically be sorted into the Today, Upcoming etc. on their own without you having to move them from Recently Assigned manually which seems so redundant.

Totally agree with this. Lack of automation in My Tasks and inability to move the sections around is a huge issue. I want to see today’s tasks first and then what’s upcoming. Then everything else. Also, why can’t we add columns to that view - like priority? Any plans to improve this?

agreed. It’s double work to assign a due date of tomorrow, and then have to also let Asana know the task is for tomorrow.

I agree, automation here is absolutely necessary. Right now it’s a huge waste of time. But it’s impossible to prioritize tasks when sorting by due date.

Totally agree, we really love asana but one of the worst parts of Asana is the my task section. So much redundant work :frowning: There are so much better solution for that and this is such a vital part of project management. There should be sections today tomorrow, this week, next weeks and this should automatically assigned by due date. Isn‘t there any product feedback thread for @Marie ?

They still didn’t do it… I noticed (and not only me) that few years ago. This is the only reason why I don’t use Asana in full.