Scheduling – How can we increase productivity through effective time management?

Time management – a crucial and stressful skill: 

While conducting a survey among high school and college students, the first question asked was: on a scale of 1 to 5, rank how difficult you find to manage your time (1 being ver easy and 5 being very difficult). The responses were more than alarming, with 93% of all students reporting difficulties of level 4 or above. Time management is a crucial skill for any student, having effects on both mental health and work performance. But if it is indeed so important, than how come only 7% of students don’t find it challenging? This is because time is a complex thing: people have different levels of productivity at different times and even something as simple as creating a study schedule can lead to a lot of stress. I believe that time management should be seen as something that helps students overcome challenges, and not as a challenge on itself. This is why I created my current response. 

My response:

The App:

To take away the stress of time management, I tryed to make it into something as simple as possible. Plannio is a time management app that creates a flexible and practical weekly study schedule. The user fills out two tables: the first one indicating when the use has free time and the second one indicating the tasks the user has for the week, when they are due and how much time they each take. The app then combines both into a single study schedule that can be altered at any time during the week. On addition to creating a schedule, Plannio also remind users whenever they have to do a task trough optional alarms. 

Plannio Pro: 

Plannio’s core values are affordability and practically. To influence as many students as possible, I concluded the best option would be to make the app free. But, as app development and marketing do cost money, some for of payment would be necessary to make the app viable. So, I decided to create Plannio Pro. Deciding on what exactly would be included on Planio Pro was a challenge, as I wanted to make it different enough from the free version to make the payment worth it, but still keep it as simple as possible. Some ideas so far are: 

  1. Productivity tracker: after each task, the user reports on a scale of 1 to 5 how productive they were. After some time, the app is able to calculate at what times during the day the person is more or less productive and base new schedules on this data. 
  2. Pomodoro method alarms: the pomodoro method is a method shown to increase focus and productivity, where a person works for 25m, takes a 5m break and then repeats. On Plannio Pro, optional alarms could be set up for breaks in the middle of tasks that follow the method. 
  3. Screen tracker: a feature that tracks the user’s screen, not allowing the user to log into social media or play cellphone games during tasks. 

Feedback and ideas: 

Feedback helps tremendously in the development of the Plannio app. If you have any ideas on features you would enjoy having on the Pro version or feedback on the current app, please send it to the email: 

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  1. April 23, 2020 by Jaya

    Hi Stella! This project sounds amazing, scheduling is such a struggle and I appreciate that you are trying to tackle it! After watching your video and reading about your project, I had an idea. I am not sure if it would take more money or is to complex, but would it possible on the app to have little reminders for people, such as don’t forget to drink water or take a couple minutes to breathe. I know that super overwhelmed people sometimes forget to care to their basic needs and well being so this idea could help with that.

    • April 24, 2020 by Stella

      Hello Jaya, I appreciate the feedback and suggestions! Reminders like this are not something I thought about but I think it’s a great idea, especially as my project is not only about productivity but also about mental health. I will definitely look into it!

  2. April 25, 2020 by Nele

    Hi Stella. This project is great! I myself struggle with time management sometimes and I’m still trying to find the ”perfect” way to plan my day and write all of my to do’s down. Perhaps the Plannio app might work for me.

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