There are some obvious challenges that this app needs to overcome to fulfill its goal. Deciding the health activities, understanding the user's daily schedule through an interactive and simple onboarding process, making sure there is a limit to the number of interventions in a day — to name a few. Additionally, there were some crucial points evaluated during the process.
What type of technology is the most suitable? A software? A web platform? A mobile app or a chrome extension? Envisioning the initial setup that is required everyday was extremely important. I decided that I want to make something that is accessible and accurate. For now, I felt that a software would be too inconvenient and a mobile application alone could not account for a lot of the screen time. Ultimately, I decided a web app supported by a mobile version would be suitable.
Designing subtle notifications
An important consideration besides promoting ergonomic activities is to understand the cues necessary to instruct the person to do an activity. It is also important that these notifications were subtle and were not intrusive or offensive in any manner. They should be instructive enough to help the person understand what to do, and flexible enough to understand the person's priorities.
Keeping the users motivated
It is crucial that the users are motivated to open the app and do these activities. Since productivity apps lack dynamics or instant rewards that motivates users to check these apps, I tried to incorporate some elements of gamification. Users are rewarded by maintaining an everyday streak score along with weekly notifications and graphs to help them realise the efficacy of the application. Additionally, each activity that the user completes gets added to the health tab.
Combining productivity and health
A health application that promotes users to take breaks from their screens must ensure that the user's productivity is not just unaffected, but increased.