Sunday, February 19, 2017

Intuitive ToDo Project Calendar

This application innovates on the typical calendar, todo, and project manager applications to have a feature centralized around adaptive time block allocation in addition to the hard event scheduling.

Key Audience and Benefits

More Natural Meaning

  • This set of features naturally makes the user feel more connected to a larger sense of goals and daily meaning in the arrangement and completion of smaller tasks, because they are naturally framed in terms of being a connected span of smaller chunks that effect each other adaptively.

Adaptable Time Blocks

  • This feature is for people who want their focus to be around total time allocated to a task over a span of multiple days on a macro level, so that time allocation can adapt when more or less hours are spent on any given day.
  • The scheduling allows for daily adaptation of work type motivation. Users can focus more or less on any type of task according to realtime limitations and immediate frame of mind. Time allocations adapt to spent time, due dates, task priority, and available time.
  • The calendar becomes interactive and adaptive in the moment that it is being used. Users can focus on the day's tasks, and as tasks are adapted personally, the rest of the week or month adapts the remaining scheduled tasks accordingly.

Features Amount to Calendar Automation

  • When considering the alternative software required to accommodate these types of adaptations and events, there is less data entry time required in the long run, and a similar amount of data entry required in a short term. It's is a win-win system that merely requires some more intelligent interface design on the part of developers.

Feature Breakdown

I. Task Creation

  1. The creation of this type of task requires several basic fields:
    • total time to completion
    • due date
    • minimum time block
  2. More data can be filled out to specify more detail
    • days possible
    • time of day possible
    • situational prerequisites such as location
    • condense-ability (whether the task can be rushed or not)
  3. Data relative to other tasks can be specified
    • relative priority
      • demand
      • money
      • value
    • procrastinate-ability
    • class of task
    • condense-ability ( This is absolute and relative )
    • exchange-ability

II. Task Adaptation

  1. The day's schedule can easily be maneuvered to fit immediate changes
    • Narrow or expand number of tasks for the day
    • Decrease day's time allotment per task
    • Increase time allotment per task
    • Change situational prerequisites such as location to filter for possible or impossible tasks
  2. Long term task attributes can be change quickly:
    • Quickly change Due Date
    • Quickly change Total Required Tim
    • Quickly change Completion Status
  3. Of course fine tuning options are available
    • Change all priorities
    • Change all 

III. Non-Adaptive Options 

Events can be denoted as stationary and immovable even though they are part of a larger task that is generally moveable and adaptable.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

"SharePlace" is a Temporary Name

The name "SharePlace" for my social network idea is like a placeholder. It's not a good name.

SharePlace is a cross between a social network and a personal website or personal database.

Personal Space

An alternative idea is instead of a social network, this is an idea to personally access and organize information about yourself.

It could be thought of as a guide to yourself, by yourself - like people might have a box with personal special keepsakes.

You could call it keepsake,

It could be that sharing the stuff on keepsake is a secondary function, but that first and foremost, it is a personal for individuals to author ideas that are private, but that can transition easily into publishable ideas.

The thing that keeps people coming back to it is that the information is persistently organized in a meaningful way.

Meaningful organization of the material slowly builds over time, and so the value of your access builds over time. You do not grow board with it.

We are accustomed to having websites guide us through information about businesses and shopping. Why not have that kind of organization for ourselves?

Most of all, I find that I want a place I can go where I can access information for my use in more than a file manager. I also find that a PIM like Tiddlywiki or OneNote is too broad.  I want my information to have a visual guidance to it. I want there to be presentation to the information, such that it reflects who I am, and also reflects the way I value that information. A PIM is good for organizing a ton of information according to date or entry or very general topic.

The idea poses a great difficulty in trying to generalize something that might require every bit as much skill as properly organizing a company website. Addressing this problem seems to create other problems, either in too much control over the user - as to prevent personal touch - or too much open-endedness resulting in too much clutter.

What you want is something that provides a lot of guidance, but that allows just enough freedom at the right times to make the software special, and to make the user's account special. Accomplishing this would mean probably designing overly stringent methods of creating personal sites, and then adding in options where they provide the most important value.