Using Sections for organization but they don't show due date


We add sections to our projects to better organize them and break them down into smaller portions. When we assign a due date to a section, that date doesn’t show up like it does for the tasks. Are we doing something wrong?


Hi @Matt_Gugle,

Thanks for reaching out! Nope, you’re not doing anything wrong. Section headers act differently in Asana than normal tasks. Because sections are used to differentiate groups of tasks, the assumption is that they won’t need a due date, and thus the due date doesn’t appear in the project view.

A workaround could be to have a task just below the section that contains a due date. You could call the task, Prelim work due date.

I hope this helps!


Depending on the project type, we typically will have milestone tasks per section (like design completion, development, etc.) that live right under the section header.


I think @Caisha’s recommendation is really good. Sections are really just used as headings to visually break up the work. If you need project milestones, use tasks.


This is really unfortunate. The suggestion of adding another task just further complicates things, since usually long running sections have useful comments in them, therefore separating out the due date makes for a more cumbersome navigation and hides the information elsewhere.

As far as I recall sections with due dates used to show up in the calendar, now I am unable to see them. Was this a recent change, or am I confused?


I agree this is not a great situation. Sections are often used as milestones, so I would assume the opposite - that due dates are useful to display because you want milestones done by a certain date.

It seems to me, rather than assume people wouldn’t want to see due dates, let people see them if they choose to apply a due date to a section. If someone doesn’t want to see a due date, then they won’t apply a due date.

I use sections to break up projects, but I want those broken parts to be done by a certain time, so it makes sense to visibly see Section due dates.