Back in 2016 we wrote a post detailing the top 10 requested features in TimeTune. At that time, the most requested feature was tracking (adding a way to track the accomplishment of your routine and activities).
However, those were early days and there were continuous movements in the ranking. In the end, we decided to wait and see. When things were more stable, we could make a better decision.
Fast forward to today, and you’ll see a much better picture. Currently, these are the top 3 requested features in TimeTune:
- Routine tracking (685 votes).
- Desktop or browser version (280 votes).
- Full calendar synchronization (279 votes).
Indeed, tracking is still the most requested feature in TimeTune, but now it wins by far. Now it’s undeniably clear which request we need to work on first.
However, there’s a gap we need to fill before we can implement that feature. We need to find the right approach to routine tracking.
And that’s where we need your help.
We have some ideas in mind, but we’d like to know your opinion before starting any kind of implementation. Let us know what you think about these approaches, and let us know if you have other suggestions too.
APPROACH #1: DONE / NOT DONE
This approach would work by marking activities only as ‘Done’, like in a to-do app.
At this moment, we’re not fans of this approach. Although it would be simple to use, it doesn’t allow to check whether an activity has been accomplished in time or not. It’s not really a good way to track the efficiency of your routine.
On the other hand, it would allow the app to track habits. We could easily measure streaks for your activities, for example (although this could be done with other approaches as well).
- Simple to use.
- Good for habits.
- Doesn’t really track the efficiency of the routine.
- Doesn’t really meet the purpose of the app.
APPROACH #2: TRACK ACTUAL TIME
A second possibility would be measuring the actual time each activity takes, like in a typical time tracking app.
Although this approach would produce detailed measurements, it wouldn’t be simple to use. As in a time tracking app, you would need to remember to start and stop a timer every time you change activities.
We’re not too keen on this approach either. There are a lot of good time trackers in the market and we don’t really need to fill that void.
- Detailed data.
- Uncomfortable to use.
- Doesn’t automate the tracking process.
APPROACH #3: DONE IN TIME / IN ADVANCE / WITH DELAY
This approach would be a compromise between the first two. It would work by marking an activity as ‘Done in time’, ‘Done in advance’ or ‘Done with delay’.
This is the approach that we like the most so far. It’s as simple to use as the first one. And it provides similar insights to the second one. Besides, we can track habits too.
To make things simpler, we could add some buttons to our ordinary notifications so you could mark the activity from there without opening the app.
- Simple to use.
- Tracks the efficiency of the routine.
- Allows to track habits.
- Data is not as detailed as in the second approach.
ONE DOUBT: MARK ACTIVITIES BY DEFAULT?
Taking into account that a routine is usually composed of many activities that happen every day, we think that forcing you to mark them all as ‘Done’ each and every day can get cumbersome too fast.
We thought of some alternatives to alleviate this. To sum up, these are the possibilities:
- Marking activities as ‘Done in time’ automatically by default. In fact, this should be the usual case. You would only need to mark an activity manually when done in advance, done with delay or when not done, the less common cases.
- Not marking activities by default, but enable tracking only for specific activities. Although this would reduce the amount of marks you would need to make, it doesn’t really track the efficiency of your routine as a whole.
- Not doing anything by default. As explained before, this would imply a lot of manual tracking.
We’d really love to know your opinion. All ideas are welcome! 😃
- Which approach would you like to use when tracking your routine?
- How would you like the app to mark an activity by default?
- Do you have other suggestions for tracking?
Remember, we’re looking for an approach that is simple and easy, which can produce useful insights about the accomplishment of your routine.
You can send your feedback:
- By leaving a comment in this post
- By email at email@example.com
- On Facebook
- On Twitter
- From the TimeTune app: Main menu / Help / Send feedback
Thank you very much! 🧡
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