Top 6 Alternatives to Asana that will Change your Life

Top 6 Alternatives to Asana that will Change your Life

In the summer of 2013, Asana’s user growth informed the project management industry that customers were tired of the clunky giants unwilling or unable to update their own software and were now in the market for visually pleasing design and ease-of-use. A necessary stepping stone into the world of modern project management and no doubt a strong competitor, Asana has chosen the path of simplicity – unwilling to provide users with necessary professional features.

With design now established as a must-have factor in determining your project management software, don’t settle for anything less than beautiful. We’ve found the industry’s best, offering extremely powerful, unique features while adhering to the design standards of 2017.

1. ClickUp

Why ClickUp over Asana? I’ll take the words from a current customer to start. “I never know what’s going to happen with Asana. They have no roadmap at all, and they just roll out features. I wake up to new changes to the tool with no warning or update”

You can view ClickUp’s roadmap anytime and if you ever have a suggestion, let the team know! You’ll get a quick transparent response every time! You also always have the ability to “make a deal.” ClickUp’s reps will work with you to make sure you only pay a price that works for you and your team.

If the above isn’t enough, their features should be. ClickUp has fixed problems Asana has overlooked. The multitask toolbar allows you to make changes in bulk. Super rich editing is perfect for getting more creative with a task. Need to assign a task to more than one person, no problem with their multiple assignees. ClickUp is releasing a feature a week, so get used to new and better options daily if you make the switch!

2. WorkZone

Project management doesn’t have to be complicated! Workzone has proven to be the just-right project management system, simple to use while offering powerful tools to help users enjoy getting their work done. Far smarter than basic tools and incomparably easier-to-use than the “JIRA’s” of project management.

Workzone has specifically personalized to-do lists across multiple projects, custom intake forms to streamline project requests, and high-level reporting for budget allocation, time estimates and project statuses! Guest access is built in for anyone that just needs a quick check in. Workzone also supports project templates, Gantt charts, workload reports, time tracking, and calendar views.

The world-class customer success team and product specialists at Workzone not only offer problem resolutions but also provide amazing best-use advice. The team continues to refine and improve their software and customer service strategies to help communication within teams and provide a simple, elegant, and all-in-one solution to project management.

3. ProofHub

The biggest differentiator between ProofHub and Asana is the versatility offered to its users. This is a single place for all projects, teams, and communication, making it easy to create plans, collaborate with teams and clients, and deliver your projects on time.

Features include online proofing, gantt charts, discussions, reporting, workflows, board view and much more. ProofHub integrates with popular file management apps like Google Drive, DropBox, Box and OneDrive providing you a saner way to manage your work life. You can access your data stored in these apps from within ProofHub to share and collaborate without any hassle.

One thing that makes it stand out from others on the list is that it gives you the flexibility to personalize your account and give it a feel of your own. Neat interface. Amazing features. Complete security. This software has got everything you need for a great experience!

4. Trello

This application brings transparency to a single project using categorized tasks, to-do-lists, and due dates within one clean interface. This software allows its users to review projects and collaborate in real-time. Trello keeps everyone informed through task assignments, activity log, and email notifications to ensure that nothing gets left behind.

The graphical nature and drag-and-drop functionality is very intuitive. Trello is free flowing and often referred to as a sticky-note filled whiteboard making it easy for anyone pickup!

Trello offers some awesome features such as customizable permissions, the ability to copy boards/cards and create templates for common projects or task, and unlimited file attachments. Their Card Aging Power-Up feature is a great addition to any Trello board. Get a list of cards that haven’t been touched in awhile! Users love the massive utility under a completely free tool.

5. MeisterTask

MeisterTask brings a fresh face to Kanban boards. Dig in and you’ll find they include features to make kanban boards a practical solution for projects of any complexity. As with most Kanban boards,  there are cards for your tasks, tags to categorize tasks, comments, notes, subtasks, due dates, and attachments to keep everything about each task in one place.

What really makes this tool stand out is their exciting new features like Smart Search, Video Thumbnails and Previews, Dashboard Tabs, Auto Due Date and Auto Tags! The automation is what really caught our attention. Though, these features are in a very early stage, the idea of automated actions within project management platforms is exciting and much appreciated!

6. Teamwork

The most consistent thing I see when looking through Teamwork’s reviews – it’s easy to dive in and get started. Everyone agrees that this is one of the easiest project management programs to use effectively without a long onboarding process.

People like being able to customize their accounts with personal or company branding, which Teamwork offers. I’m a fan of the updates (Similar to Twitter) Teamwork has that allows your team to observe anyone’s availability and progress.

Lastly, they simply have a lot of features Asana doesn’t have! With features like Gantt charts, multiple assignees on tasks, milestones, file uploads and board view on tasks, Teamwork gives you a lot more options for your project management!

7. Podio

Podio’s big advantage to Asana is their flexibility which allows them to work for organizations of any size. Podio also offers a multitude of apps that separates them from most other project management options.

Podio is very feature rich, which is the biggest differentiator between them and Asana. They have everything from scheduling to data visualization. Though these features might not be perfect, they are functional and available.

Custom reporting is another thing I see reviewers rave about. Take characteristics of your team or the apps you’ve created and quickly configure advanced analytics that actually matter. Again not all their features are perfect, but Podio has much more to offer than Asana.



  • Anne Davis

    Looking for a new solution (currently using Asana) and found this blog post. Excited to see what Clickup can do for us! Really like that customer service and constantly updating/improving seems to be your number one priority

    • ClickUp

      Hey, Anne! We’re happy to have you onboard! If you have any questions regarding the platform, please let us know at help@clickup.com 🙂

  • Milo

    Thanks for the list. I’ve seen an interesting product today, Deskun. Think this might be a good replacement too.

  • Dis

    I would recomend smartQ (https://www.getsmartQ.com) and 5pm (https://www.5pmweb.com).

  • Thanks for sharing. I think you can add MeisterTask in to this list.

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