Have you ever tried to stay focused but ended up checking the social media platform instead? Do you know when is your most productive time in a week?
According to World Economic Forum, the percentage of workers around the world that is permanently working from home is expected to double in 2021. I think that there's a growing need of having a tool that help us to be productive and efficient even we are working from home or any other place out of office. I've decided to put this idea into action.
There are quite a few productivity apps in the market. I've chosen 3 popular apps for review and comparison:
To investigate further on the needs and the frustrations of the users, I decided to talk to a few people informally. Some of my friends are still working/studying from home now, so I think it is good to ask them.
Most of the apps lack data visualization functions to track users' patterns in detail and gather actionable insights
Most of the report just show the total focus length per period. However, according to the data I've gathered, users prefer getting to know more about their patterns thus, planning their work accordingly.
I’ve brainstormed the possible solutions for the following areas that resonate users’ needs and pain points. The key priorities to tackle are:
Regarding the integration with to-do-list app, I think it is useful to the users (including myself) in terms of task management. However, to be realistic, it takes time to discuss with the developers of the softwares to see how it can be integrated. So this function will not be added to this MVP.
As for gamification of the app, this will be added to the later phase of the product development.
It was a fun experience for me to design this app. The difficult part is how to make the app simple but yet visually appealing to user while not being too distracted. Since the first 2 projects were done in normal mode so I've challenged myself to design in dark mode. I've done some research on how to design for dark mode and practiced on my own. I used to design by Sketch but I wanted to try Figma, which is a popular tool now. So I've spent some time to figure out how it works. I enjoy learning new skills and softwares!
Next step, I want to add in the gamification elements to the app. I've thought thought about a space theme with a rocket circulating the timer. Each complete session will bring users to different planet and users can show their map of exploration with other users.