Recently, I write an article on Medium geared towards designers of task management “apps” ranging from those who support the use of memory, to paper, to task management apps, to calendars to auto-schedulers. In the article, I shared the following graphic that shows the progression that users make as they
progress from the use of one skill level to the next. As you may recall, the idea that different tools are needed for different task volumes is a key research finding here at 2Time Labs.
In this article, I use two different tools to analyze this progress, explaining that a transformation actually takes place (or is struggling to emerge.) It happens when the user is able to experience their task management as a game.
Unfortunately, their game-play is thwarted by several factors. One is that they are unaware of this journey and a second is that many task management software designers are also blind to the whole picture.
This means that people aren’t engaged. Their apps are dull, even though the contents are vital to their everyday lives.
Imagine storing your most precious worldly items in a dull, nondescript warehouse.
Check out the article here: What Task Management App Developers Can Do to Catch Up with Pokemon Go.
We live in a world in which we receive a lot of data, and behind it there’s an even greater avalanche promised. How do we make sense of it all? And who has the time?
App designers and developers who have found ways to gather this new data need to take a step further and teach us – the users – how to gain important insights without devoting our lives to sorting through mountains of information.
In the third and last piece of the manifesto for The Notified Self, I focus on a few of these skills. They are fast becoming a professional requirement for lives in the modern world where new sensors are giving us unprecedented access to data about ourselves and the world around us.
Now, we need to develop these hitherto unforeseen skills to merely keep up, a critical aspect of the equation that software and wearable companies seem to have overlooked.
Visit my article on Medium – How to Use Data-Driven Insights to Accomplish the Informed Self.
I just posted a followup article on Medium that addresses the second component of The Notified Self.
It’s called “The Warned Self” and it’s all about creating alarms which alert you when a part of your life has become problematic.
As you can imagine, having this aspect of your life properly constructed can deeply enhance your peace of mind, preventing you from having to continually look over your shoulder.
The article is entitled How to Set Up “The Warned Self” to Protect Your Peace of Mind.