Get started with Asana Goals

Available on Asana AdvancedEnterprise, and Enterprise+ tiers, as well as legacy tiers Business and Legacy Enterprise. Visit our pricing page for more information.

This article covers how to use Asana’s Goals feature. Learn how to successfully manage your organization’s goals with our Lead the goals management process in your organization article.

Goal tracking connects work with its purpose, keeping your company and teams aligned and agile. With Asana Goals, your company goals and work, like milestones, projects, and portfolios, are connected in the same place.

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Company goals

Company goals are created by the leadership team based on the organization’s mission and priorities. Every year, they convey the strategy that teams will support with their own goals.

The Company goals screen gives you an overview of these goals.

To create Company goals:
  1. Head to the Company goals tab and click the + icon.
  2. Enter the goal’s name, choose a goal owner, select a time period, decide on the goal’s privacy, and the measurements you will use to measure success.

Team goals

Team goals are created by teams to support company goals and goals from other teams.

To create Team goals:
  1. Head to the Team goals tab and click the + Add goal button or the + icon next to the team’s name.
  2. Fill out all the details for the team goal.

My goals

Use the My goals tab to quickly find and monitor the goals you own. Here you can filter by allopen, and closed goals.

How to create a goal

You can add a new goal at a company or team level.

To create a new goal:
  1. Enter a name that describes the outcome of the goal
  2. Assign the goal to an owner
  3. Select the team accountable for the completion of the goal. If it's a company goal, select your company's name.
  4. Choose a time period by which the goal will be completed
  5. Select the privacy of the goal
  6. Add members to the goal; they will receive notifications about comments, status updates, and other goal activities.
  7. Make the goal a subgoal to another parent goal
  8. Choose how to measure your goal's progress
  9. Click Save goal

Change a goal’s accountable team by clicking on the goal and then clicking Accountable team on the right hand side.

Deleting or duplicating a goal

Delete or duplicate a goal by clicking the drop-down arrow next to the goal’s name and selecting Delete goal or Duplicate.

 
From your Team goals tab, you can:
  1. View a list of goals associated with the team. You can click the arrow to expand a list of sub-goals.
  2. Modify or remove a goal’s team association
  3. Edit a goal’s time period
  4. View a goal’s progress and click to navigate to the goal directly. When the team association is changed, the goal will be moved to the new team.
  5. Change the owner of the goal

Viewing and filtering your goals

When viewing goals, you can customize your view with filters to focus on what matters. Learn more about viewing and filtering your goals.

Goals privacy and sharing

Goals can be public to your entire company or private. Read more about goals privacy and sharing.

Progress, status, and connecting work to goals

Progress and status are key indicators of how your organization is tracking against their goals. Connecting goals to work provides clarity about the why of its progress and status. Learn more about progress, status, and connecting work to goals.

Goals comments, notifications, and activity history

Comments

Comment under goals to ask questions, enable discussions, provide additional information or offer insight to anyone with access to the goal in question. Goal comments enable contextual communication and collaboration for all those with access to goals. You can use goal comments to draft goals with collaborators and align on goals with stakeholders.

 

Activity history

Goal comments and activities will appear at the bottom of your given goal. Since its origin, you can identify all of the goal’s interactions.

activity
View a historical trail of changes in activity to:
  • Conduct a look-back analysis
  • Assess the process for blockers
  • Forecast similarly shaped future goals
  • Track the activity to inform decisions

Goals notifications

Notifications will be triggered in inbox, mobile, and email for the following:

Goal Owners will receive a notification when:
  • You are added or removed as an owner
  • The due date has changed
  • You are added as a collaborator
  • The status of the goal has changed
Collaborators will receive a notification when:
  • You are added as a collaborator
  • The status of the goal has changed

Team members don't receive notifications unless they're added as the owner or a collaborator. Anyone who wants to get updates on goals should be added as a collaborator.

Goal types and templates

Available on Asana Enterprise and Enterprise+ tiers, as well as legacy tier Legacy Enterprise.

Goal types and templates can help your teams write goals that adhere to the established best practices, increasing the efficacy of your organization's goals methodology.

With goal types, you can categorize goals as objectives, key results, or individual goals, giving you complete control over your OKRs and goals at the individual level.

Goal templates allow the owners of the goals process to standardize goal-setting practices across the organization by automating default attributes for specific goal types.

Learn more in our Goal types and templates article.

Mission statement

To add or edit an existing mission statement:
  1. Navigate to the Goals section in your sidebar
  2. Click the Company goals tab
  3. Click  Mission

Adding or editing your company’s mission statement can only be done by organization admins.

Goals Widget

The Goals widget allows you to easily track the goals you own, as well as team and company goals directly from your home, so you’re clear on what you need to do and why it’s important.

goals widget

Add the  Goals widget by selecting it from the Customize menu of your Home and dragging it from the sidebar onto your Home. Use the overflow menu to display the widget in full or half size, depending on your preferences. Use the filtering menu from the widget to display open goals, closed goals, or both.

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