Yes, it’s another post about Asana. Because I love Asana. This time, though, I want to talk about a feature that Asana is missing: time tracking.
One of the things that I do is web development, and creating a website can be pretty complicated and time-consuming. When it comes to keeping track of what I’ve done and what still needs doing, Asana is great. The more I use it, the more I like it. But when I comes to keeping track of how long I’ve spent on something, Asana can’t help me.
This is very unfortunate. I know there are plenty of good cloud-based time tracking services out there (Harvest, Toggl and Paymo all get the nod, and all have a free plan of some sort available) but I don’t actually want to use another service to track my time. If I’m tracking tasks in one place, it doesn’t make sense to enter those same tasks in another place just so I can keep a record of how long they took.
On the other hand, one of the things I really like about Asana is its simplicity. Perhaps they’d lose that if they started adding time tracking options. Most people who would use time tracking would be using it for billing, and billing means reports, and reports mean graphs and charts and invoices and exporting data. And all of that means adding complexity to the interface. I’ve got every confidence that the crew at Asana can manage that without turning their app into a steaming bloated mess, but perhaps it’s sensible of them to be thinking twice before they leap in and start adding those sorts of features.
Asana have said several times on their forums that they don’t have time tracking on their roadmap at the moment, but that they are considering it. I hope they come out with it soon, but I also hope it’s good when it does come out, so I’m willing to wait a while.