Creating effective task management habits.

NOTCH

Effective task management is a necessity for intense daily schedules and objectives. However, many college students fall short in their daily task habits. This design focuses on helping students practice positive task management habits and reduce the guilt associated with falling short on tasks.

Effective task management is a necessity for intense daily schedules and objectives. However, many college students fall short in their daily task habits. This design focuses on helping students practice positive task management habits and reduce guilt associated with falling short on tasks.

ROLE

Concept, Visual, UX/UI

DURATION

12 weeks, Fall 2018

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00  ─  PURPOSE

Students drown their tasks in the idea of impossibility, limiting their own success.

The fear and guilt associated with not completing your tasks can be daunting, especially in a high-stress and intense college setting.

It never feels good to not get all your to-do's done, but being in a college setting can drastically compound this feeling. I chose to explore a remedy to this problem by designing a task management application that provides a fresh viewpoint on task management and an understanding that nobody is perfect- especially when it comes to task management.

01  ─  RESEARCH

Students drown their tasks in the idea of impossibility, limiting their own success.

Understanding who I am designing for through a quantitative and qualitative research approach.

To lay the groundwork for my project, I conducted a user survey of 41 people across all grade levels, as well as in-depth interviews with 5 people, including current/past students as well as professional social-workers.

73%

Are struggling with simplicity

Users consistently find themselves struggling with their tasks, even with perceived simple ones such as doing laundry or cleaning their room.

71%

Are stressed due to their schedules

Users showed willingness to pursue healthier remedies to this, but the majority of responses listed trying to “push through” their anxieties.

90%

Are afraid of failing their tasks

With the tendency to overlook small steps of progress, and users end up feeling guilty even when they may have made notable progress.

76%

Already use a task management system

Users acknowledged that a form of structure from the task management application did help them keep track of their daily schedules.

Utilizing my research to define a journey that my users might have, and how my designs can help improve and ease that journey.

To help envision my applications role within a college students day-to-day life and schedule, I mapped out a user journey through a typical semester of a student. From the first week, to midterms, to finals I defined when and how my application could help a students well-being.

02  ─  EXPERIENCE PILLARS

PROJECT GOALS

Shift User Thinking

Instead of "pushing through", users should break down tasks and view them as manageable steps to completion.

Distinguish Task Importance

Establish and reinforce the separation of larger tasks from smaller, more medial to-do's.

Task Isolation and Focus

Allow users to focus their energy on one task at a time, and reduce distractions through device integrations.

Humanized App Responses

Reduce user guilt and frustration with an amiable approach to fixing user errors.

03  ─  WIREFRAMES & VISUALS

Students drown their tasks in the idea of impossibility, limiting their own success.

Wireframing out hi fi components and establishing a visual style.

My wireframing phase for this project was crucial, as it allowed me to explore many different formats and presentations for how my designs could look. Although very challenging, the iterative approach to my wireframes helped me to establish the structure of Notch.

Morning To-Do

In mood, this board feels very much like waking up fresh on an early morning. It incorporates a lighter mood and feelings of friendliness.

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04  ─  MY SOLUTION

Students drown their tasks in the idea of impossibility, limiting their own success.

An amiable application promoting step-based progress and guilt-free interactions.

After an intensive research process, I took to designing an effective solution to the problems my users experienced and the goals I had established.

Task Cards

Task cards display digestible, useful content to keep the user going. The cards place the primary emphasis on the steps a user should do that day, as opposed to the task as whole.

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Thinkspace

The user can use their Thinkspace to write down any smaller tasks or notes that do not need to be split apart into multiple steps. This allows the user to clearly distinguish between their larger, more important tasks versus their day to day tasks.

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Split Tasks

Once a user breaks down their task into simple steps, the application encourages them to spread out those steps across multiple days, building a step-based plan for completing their task and making the work feel less daunting overall.

Set Timers on Tasks

An easily distracted user can take their focus one step further and apply their energy to one task for a timed period, reinforcing the habit of tackling tasks one step at a time, instead of all at once.

Guilt Free Missed Steps

Notch focuses on fixing mistakes in a positive manner, instead of making the user feel guilty for missing a task.

Fresh Start

After 2+ weeks without the user interacting with the app, Notch prompts the user to clear their mind (and their tasks!) and start fresh, with helpful reinforcement throughout.

iOS Widget Integration

Although the purpose of this project was to design a mobile application, I chose to extend further into the opportunities that todays technology offers. To reduce pathways of distraction, Notch integrates into the natural iOS system of a users phone as an application widget, allowing for the completion of steps with a reduced chance of being distracted by other applications.

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FINAL DESIGNS

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FINCONCLUSION

Students drown their tasks in the idea of impossibility, limiting their own success.

Creating Notch allowed me to develop a better sense of empathy and understanding as a UX designer and researcher.

Moving forward with the project, I would like to revisit and sharpen the visual style of my application, as well as explore a further simplified and understandable approach to splitting tasks. Additionally, I would love to explore how Notch could integrate into existing software systems, such as through a browser plug-in or smart watch compatibility.

TIME FOR ONE MORE?

Jumpstarting mornings on a positive note.

joey

SORRY, NO MORE TO SEE

But here's more about me! I'm a user experience designer who isn't afraid of the hustle, but is terrified of the Goliath Birdeater Spider. I'm an early 2000's pop lover, and I make a mean buffalo chicken dip. Wanna talk? Get in touch!

SORRY, NO MORE TO SEE

But here's more about me! I'm a user experience designer who isn't afraid of the hustle, but is terrified of the Goliath Birdeater Spider. I'm an early 2000's pop lover, and I make a mean buffalo chicken dip. Wanna talk? Get in touch!