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Asana | Feeling lost after deleting a Sub-Goal?

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I am all-in with Asana Goals, both professionally and personally. However, when I need to delete a Sub-Goal unexpectedly, Asana takes me all the way back to the Company Goals’ homepage. This means sometimes three or four levels up the chain, starting over if you will…

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I would expect instead to go up just one level to the parent Goal.

If you also think like me, I have a quick solution which will release some well-deserved dopamine every time you use it 🙂

Instead of fighting your way back into the abyss of your Sub-Sub-Sub-Goals, next time hit twice the back button on your browser or App.

The first page to load will not be available. That’s the Sub-Goal you just deleted. The second page will be the parent you were looking for! 🥳

Just to clarify, what we are doing here, is merely navigating back to the previously visited pages. During a review or planning session, you naturally visit first the parent and then the Sub-Goal. So you’ll get the results shown above. If you, however, get to a Sub-Goal directly from another location in Asana (for example Search or Hyperlinks), with this trick, you’ll be taken back to the page you were visiting before and not to the parent Goal; which, by the way, probably still is just what you will want to do.

Frankly, you are not likely to delete many Sub-Goals very often. Nonetheless, during a monthly or quarterly review and planning session, what I believe is critical, it’s staying laser-focused on what moves the needle. By having to find your way back into the required Sub-Goal, you will inevitably lose focus. When losing focus, sometimes, twenty or even more minutes are required to (mentally) get back on track. This little trick will help you stay in the zone 🎯.

Isn’t that what it is all about?

I hope this helps 🙂


Rosario Messina

Productivity and self-improvement expert with 12 years of Asana experience who has helped hundreds of individuals and teams thrive in complex environments.

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