Quick Start Guide: How to use Workast
Welcome to Workast. Workast is a task manager for teams on Slack. Workast helps teams create tasks when having Slack conversations, manage projects, track daily to-dos and more.
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Here is a guide to get you started on using Workast. This article will help you learn the basics of using Workast so you can start managing projects and tasks.
Installing Workast into Slack workspace
Before you get started, please ensure the Workast app is installed into your Slack workspace.
To install Workast into your Slack workspace, follow the instructions here.
Please ensure you have access to install apps in your Slack account.
Workast is installed correctly if you see the 'Workast' app under the 'Apps' section in Slack.
Who can use Workast?
Once Workast is installed into the Slack workspace, full members of the Slack account can access Workast.
Team members can be invited to use Workast or they can take action in the app themselves.
Examples of action include (but not limited to):
- a team member uses the /todo shortcut to create a task
- a team member completes a task in Workast
- a team member clicks on a Workast task and uses Slack single-sign on to login to Workast
Logging into Workast
Each team has their own personalized Workast login which consists of your Slack team domain name.workast.com I.e: helpforfitness.workast.com.
You can also login to Workast by clicking here: https://my.workast.com/
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You can login using either your Slack credentials or email address.
What is a space?
A 'Space' is the term used to describe your project. A space can be a list of tasks, event, customer, sales pipeline, product roadmap and so on.
How to create your first space
There are two different types of spaces:
- Connected to a Slack channel (public or private channel)
- Can live only in Workast (not connected to Slack)
Creating a space which connects to a Slack channel makes it possible to create tasks from Slack.
To create a new space in Workast:
- Click on + next to "Spaces" in your left-hand taskbar.
- A space creation dialogue will open.
- Name: Name your space.
- Invite others: Invite users to your space if desired - type in the names of the users that you would like to invite, and click on the populated result.
- Privacy: Select who can join the space. The default selection is "Anyone on the team" which makes it a public space. To change the space to private, click the button next to "Only those invited can join the space.
- Connect to Slack: To connect this space to Slack, add the Slack app under "Apps and Integrations."
- Click the green "Create space" button to finish completing the space.
How to set up project stages in Workast
Projects in Workast live in a space. In a space, you can have 'stages' of a project which are called lists. Lists can be the status, stage or categories within a project.
To create a new list in a space:
- Click on the space where you want to create the list.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page where you will see the option to Create a new list.
- Type the name of the new list and press enter to create.
- Repeat steps to create multiple lists.
Here are some examples of spaces that have lists:
How to create a task in Workast
Now that you have created your first space, you can now create tasks in that pace. A task is anything that you or a team member needs to take action on. Tasks are created in a space.
On the left hand side bar, click on the space you want to create a task.
Click on the +Create new task button.
Type the task you want to create.
Assignee: An assignee is the person that is responsible for the task. The team member will receive a notification in Workast that they are assigned the task. You can click on the person icon to add an assignee to the task, or hit tab to bring up the assignee menu (optional.)
Due date: The due date is the deadline for the task. It is used to remind the team member when the task is due. You can enter click the due date to add a due date or time to the task, or enter the due date after the task title (optional.) Learn more about due dates here.
Press enter to create the new task.
Assigning Existing Tasks in Workast
Assigning tasks is important in Workast because it gives your task an owner, someone that is responsible for the work. When you assign a task to a team member, they are notified that they have a task to do in Workast in the notifications tab (bell on top right hand corner of web app) and through the 'workast' app under "Apps" in Slack
The above method of creating a task, also showed how to assign the task when the task is created. This method will show how to assign a task to a team member to tasks that already exist.
Find the task that you want to update.
Under the column which says "Assignee" click on the person icon (Unassigned icon) next to the task or the existing assignee if the task is already assigned.
Look for the team member you want to assign the task to and select the team member. If their name doesn't appear immediately, start typing it in the dialogue box until it appears.
Click on OK.
You can also add an assignee in the task details screen by clicking on the task to open it, or in the board view by mousing over the task and clicking on the people icon.
You can search for more users in the space by typing in their name. If a user has not been added to that space yet, you'll be asked to confirm adding them to the space.
To delete an assignee - click on the name of the team member. Click on the X to remove them.
Setting a due date and time
Due dates are important in Workast to ensure that tasks are done in a timely manner. The due date is used to send a reminder to the assigned person that the task is due. Without a due date, tasks can get lost and forgotten about.
The above method of creating a task, showed how to set a due date when a task is created. This method will show how to set a due date/time for tasks that already exist.
Find the task that you want to update.
Under the column which says "Due Date" click on date picker icon (Add due date) next to the task.
Choose the due date and time.
Click on OK.
If the task has a due date already and you want to edit it, click on the existing due date to bring up the date picker.
Completing a task in Workast
Once the work for a task has been completed, it can be checked off and marked as completed in Workast. To complete a task:
- Click on the space that contains the task that you want to mark as complete.
- Navigate to that task, and click the check mark to the left of the task name to mark the task as done. You can mark multiple tasks as complete, one right after the other.
- The completed task will move to the 'Completed' list in the Space
Next up, check out: Quick Guide: Using Workast in Slack
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