COLAB6 - Web App

My-Time

We help you prioritize YOU, by optimizing your scheduling experience to plan your personal time.

Product Process

Background

Do you find yourself feeling like you can do more with your personal time to increase your personal productivity? Do you find it hard to schedule your personal activities in your calendar? Don’t worry, you are not alone.

Setting time for yourself should not be difficult. We know how overwhelming it might feel. That’s where My-Time comes in. We help you prioritize YOU, by optimizing your scheduling experience to plan your personal time. 

This way you spend less time planning and more time doing!


User Pain Point

Meet Alex, a working professional, who has been struggling to plan his personal activities into his calendar. He wants to spend at least an hour at the gym three times a week, and meditate in the morning every day. However, he finds it demotivating to navigate through his busy schedule and slot some time in to do these activities. Alex feels like he could do more to achieve his personal goals, but he struggles to block time out to do so.

Feedback

To understand our problem space better, we posted our survey on various platforms. Based on the responses of over 70 people, we found that over 85% of our participants agree that planning is important to them. Majority of our respondents currently use some form of planner to plan work meetings, appointments, errands and time for self-care and personal development. However, over 90% of our respondents were not satisfied with planning tools currently available to them. And over 70% want to, but find it difficult to plan their personal activities (self-care, personal development etc).

Landing on the solution 

For our MVP, we decided to focus on the users who were having trouble scheduling their personal time. We hypothesized that scheduling a time for our users in their calendar will help our users feel more productive in their personal time and achieve their personal goals.

We confirmed this preliminary hypothesis by conducting some quick qualitative experiments with our users, and received a positive response. Thus, validating our proposed hypothesis.


Explanation of solution 

My-Time is a web platform that helps users plan and prioritize their personal time into their schedules.

My-Time allows users to efficiently plan their personal activities by giving them:

  • a platform to organize their personal activities
  • alleviate the stress of planning for our users by generating a schedule for them that can be added to their google calendars
  • provide an easy to use experience for users to achieve their goals

Key features include:

  • Secure log-in via google account
  • Google calendar integration
  • Choose personal activities for the week (limited to 3 at the moment)
  • Auto-generated schedule, based on user’s preferences


Next Steps

We are almost done with our MVP on the live site. But while we complete building out our MVP, we have a working prototype on Maze for user testing as well as to collect feedback.

We really envision my-time to be a one stop shop for you to feel productive and satisfied with the use of your time. That being said, we have broken down our next steps into two categories below:

Pending features to be implemented in the MVP:

  • Updates to web design, optimized for mobile
  • Fully functional google calendar integration
  • Rejig functionality to provide different versions of what the calendar could look like

Future features:

  • Calendar optimization: activities will be slotted only in available windows
  • Functionality to add more than 3 activities
  • Integration of other planning tools: tasks, reminders etc
  • Integrating other calendars

Design

Lo-Fi Mock-ups 

Landing: Not very detailed

Activity Selection/Details: not as accessible

Schedule: No re-jig button

Hi-fi Mock-ups

Learnings

PM's Learnings:

Biyanka Datta

  • Key to building a great product is to fall in love with the problem
  • Being open minded about what a solution would like; the job to done will remain the same, but the solution might evolve
  • Leadership is about influence, encouragement, problem solving and thinking about things top-down as well as ground-up

Designer's Learnings:

Darliny Ayala Spencer

  • Have one foot in the present, and one in the future
  • Communicate often, be transparent
  • Adapt, while still tying back to our user’s needs

Developer's Learnings:

Baldeep Parihar

  • Time management and time estimation. Be realistic with what is possible. 
  • Be open to pivot and realise when to “leave” a task because it is taking up too much time compared to what else needs to be done
  • Trying things out that don’t work out the way you want doesn’t necessarily mean it is time wasted because it is still knowledge gained.

Developer's Learnings:

Hanne Hedegaard

  • I learned how to work in a team with a PM and a UX designer and another Web Developer  
  • I understand the job of a Software Developer more clearly 
  • I got better at reading the documentation during the CoLab process

Full Team Learning

Communicating problems with each other allowed us to think outside the box. This helped us navigate hurdles better, together. Sharing our highlights and struggles with the team helps with gaining some clarity and encouragement. 

At the end of the day being there for each other and feeling comfortable in sharing is everything.