What tool are you using to track your tasks?
I use my notebook to track what I did everyday. But the problem is, I cannot see my progress intuitively when I track my tasks on notebook. I’ve tried a lot of Apps to manage my time and tasks. But I always give up using them after trying for a few days.
They are complicated to use.
Most of task management apps are tend to two extreme cases. One case is focusing on easy to-do list. Another case is focusing on large but not flexible project. I cannot track how many pages I’ve read for a book by them.
On one hand, reading a book is not a one-day task. Maybe I don’t have time today, I want to move the task to tomorrow. Or I can read more pages per day for the following days. I might also delay this task if it is not urgent. There are so many flexible tasks that I cannot find out the best App to manage.
There are not only three options in the real case.
For most apps, I can only mark one task as completely done, not done, or delay. There is no way to mark that as half done, 80% done, or 99% done, which probably happens in the real world. Although I might only read half assigned pages, I still make a progress today. Why not recording this progress? However, for those apps I’ve tried, I cannot manage in this case.
“It is a magic moment when I cross out one finished thing on my task list today!”
I have heard a lot people told me so. People enjoy the moment when they cross out one items on their lists. I want to create an interaction that is easy as this, and also flexible enough for them to manage multiple cases that are mentioned before.
By imaging the gesture of crossing out, I found the similar interaction on mobile device is swiping.
Swipe, just easy like this
By swiping, users can adjust the progress bar if they want to mark as half done, 80% done, or even 99% done. They can also be finished and beyond the expected. Transparent item means that this activity has been accomplished today. If they read 20 pages in a day, more than the original plan, they can continue to swipe the item.
Less pushing, more encouraging.
There is an example in the book named Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness. A website called Stickkk help people to reach their goal by letting their friends to supervise them. I disagree with this method. It makes people so passive. I hope my product can encouraging users more rather than pushing them to finish. I provide statistics, achievement, and competition with friend to motivate people to keep using this app. Users won’t feel punished if they didn’t finish.
The key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.
Date: July 24, 2015