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How To Increase Productivity and Concentration While Working from Home Through the Use of An App

Written by Helena Kaiser

Paper category

Term Paper

Subject

Psychology

Year

2020

Abstract

Term Paper: In recent years, the home office has become more and more important. During the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home has become a necessity. But staying at home also has a lot of interference. Some people have family members at home, some people may have noisy neighbors, and some people think that staying at home is generally distracting. So how can you stay focused and increase productivity? Through the app "focus.bird", we hope to help people who work from home stay focused, focused and efficient. "Focus.bird" helps you choose a time period when you are most efficient and close all distractions. Users can write to-do lists and/or weekly plans to focus their thoughts and mark what they have done. Through the reward system, users can consistently understand their achievements and sense of accomplishment. Users can interact with other people through the community network, not only have the opportunity to win in-game rewards, but also have the opportunity to win real-life rewards. The application "focus.bird" is designed to help those who have difficulty collecting ideas and those who are already writing a to-do list to increase productivity and focus on the task at hand. "Focus.bird" does this in an interesting way. This semester paper will discuss the work that must be done before designing the application, so the testing requirements, as well as the goals and further ideas of "focus.bird" will be discussed. In addition, the reward structure will be described in detail. 2. Testing requirements In order to understand what we need to provide consumers and gain a deeper understanding of how people are currently trying to increase productivity and increase attention, we must test requirements. Through a survey, we covered people of different ages and wanted to understand how people stay focused and what we can do to improve their work efficiency. This semester paper will not discuss all survey questions, only those that are considered the most important for understanding this point. Our survey contains 13 questions and a total of 25 participants. We first asked the participants about their age and gender. Most of the participants were between 20 and 25 years old, with the second most participants over 50 years old. The ratio of female to male participants is almost 50/50, with a little more male participants. The first question that focuses on productivity is "How long can you focus on work?" We have given options of 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours, and more than 4 hours. 36% of the answers were more than 4 hours, and 28% of the answers were 4 hours, so it can be assumed that many people stay focused and efficient for a long time. Another question is "Did you set a daily goal?" It was a bit more than halfway, so to be precise, 14 people answered yes. Related to this question, we also asked "Will you write a to-do list?". 3. Goals Our goal or the primary goal we want to achieve through the application "focus.bird" is to increase productivity. This will be achieved through a personalized plan. We want to help users organize their ideas and write down what they need to do. "Focus.bird" will keep users focused and efficient. We also want to eliminate any interference. As mentioned in "Test Requirements", phone calls, emails, and text messages are often distracting. This is why we want to help people focus more on the task at hand. This is similar to the "Do Not Disturb" feature of the iPhone. You can get rid of buzzing calls and any unimportant emails by selecting only a list of favorites or certain emails and calls that are allowed to pass through. In addition, we hope to achieve the goal of increasing productivity by using interesting methods to ensure firm behavior and loyalty. Through the reward system, we hope to increase customer loyalty and ensure that their work efficiency is improved, and provide them with a reason to continue using the application. Finally, we need to increase personal attention and arouse the desire for efficiency. Not only do we want to help consumers who have compiled a to-do list to improve their work efficiency and attention, but we also want to help consumers who may have difficulty concentrating and unable to concentrate for a long time. We hope to help them by improving efficiency. 4. Further thoughts From a long-term perspective, the following thoughts are what the application stores. First, we want to give users the opportunity to design their own plans. They will be able to set up to-do lists and even weekly schedules. If they are in their time period, their avatar will appear and guide them, the most efficient in this time period. This means that the user's bird will appear and send a notification saying that they are currently in the most efficient time period for the user, which will be the best time to continue their to-do list and complete tasks. This will also automatically activate the "Do Not Disturb" feature. Team challenges are launched every month to encourage the use of the application. For example, users who complete the most tasks will receive personalized rewards. Through team challenges, users are able to interact with other users of the application. In addition, "focus.bird" has a 2-level reward system. After completing a certain number of to-do lists, users will be rewarded. The reward structure will also be personalized at a certain point in time when the app is used. This is in ‘5. Reward structure.’ Finally, it will cooperate with NABU (Naturschutzbund Deutschland). NABU is an organization that helps endangered birds in Germany and throughout Europe (nabu.de). Read Less