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Asana Levels Up with an All-New Redesigned iPhone App

Asana Levels Up with an All-New Redesigned iPhone App

I’ve been an Asana user pretty much since the day it launched. We use it here at Lifehack to manage collaboratively, and while i’ve switched back to OmniFocus for individual task management I still use Asana more often throughout the day due to the nature of my work. But the mobile app has always left me wanting more. It just didn’t handle things nearly as well as I needed it to, and so I avoided using it more often than not.

Well, today the Asana team unveiled the next version of its iPhone app. And it is much improved over its predecessor.

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They’ve essentially redesigned and rebuilt it from the ground up. In this iteration of the iPhone experience, the focus is around adding tasks quickly – which is what the previous version was lacking. Adding a task to the new Asana iPhone app is both quick and robust in that it offers you the ability to add quick notes, tags, and due dates. You can also add followers to a task and put the task into a project immediately.

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    The interface flows better as well. The user can now swipe to get back to different Workspaces and Projects, but they can also press navigation buttons as well if they prefer. You can view things in your Workspaces by Project, Tag or People with just a touch of the screen, and you can view all the tasks assigned to you in a quick and easy manner.

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      They’ve also improved how the app handles commenting on tasks, which is one of the things that makes Asana work so well as a system. I’m glad they’ve levelled up the feature on the iOS platform.

      The look of the app is more polished as well. It simply looks and feels better, making it more pleasurable to use – which is crucial for a task management app.

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        That said, one of the things missing from Asana Mobile is the incorporation of Asana Inbox. I’ve been using that feature more and more as it has really played a huge role in keeping my email inbox from filling up as quickly. Bringing this feature to the iPhone app may be a tall order, but according to Asana’s Kenny Van Zant, “that is not too far behind”.

        All in all, this is a huge step forward for Asana. I used to shy away from using it on my iPhone, but the new interface and overall redesign has made my latest Asana mobile experience a far more efficient and exquisite one.

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        Last Updated on February 15, 2019

        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

        Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

        Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

        Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

        So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

        Joe’s Goals

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          Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

          Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

          Daytum

            Daytum

            is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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            Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

            Excel or Numbers

              If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

              What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

              Evernote

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                I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                Access or Bento

                  If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                  Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                  You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                  Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                  All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                  Conclusion

                  I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                  What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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