#PMChallenge - restrict app usage to certain time-of-day (productivity aid)

  1. vvnjo
    Cupcake Feb 8, 2019

    vvnjo , Feb 8, 2019 :
    Hi everyone,

    Here is my entry to the OxygenOS feature challenge.
    My idea is about helping people become more effective managers of their precious time!

    Who are the users?
    This feature will mainly benefit two groups of users
    - People who want to control their time spent on non-productive apps (e.g. social media, games, etc)
    - People who want better work-life-balance by keeping work at work

    What is the proposed function?
    This new feature will
    - allow users to customize which time of the day each application is able to be used (e.g. set 8pm-9pm for Facebook)
    - block notifications and disable the app outside of that time range
    - allow users to put apps into groups and set time ranges for each group (e.g. work, play, home)
    - offer the ability to set different restrictions for different days of the week/month (e.g. different settings for workday versus weekday)
    - have the option to "hard lock" the apps by not allowing the user to access them no matter what when outside of the set time for use
    - essential apps will never be locked (e.g. Phone for calling 911)

    What is the user value?
    Users will be able to make better use of their time when they are forced out of apps that do not add much value to their lives. By setting a dedicated time period where they can catch up with messages, the newsfeed, new videos, etc., users will be focused on the critical tasks at hand for the rest of the day.
    Also, by enabling certain apps only during specific times, it will become easier to plan-out each day and allow organization of time into manageable chunks.
    For workers who have work-related apps on their personal device, it may be difficult to separate work life from home life. This new feature will enable these users to shut-out work apps when they are away from the office, and thus provide better work-life-balance.

    If there are existing comparable functions in the smartphone industry, how is your proposed feature superior?
    Stock Android and iOS do offer the function to set time limits on apps and tracks app usage, but they do not block out a time when an app cannot be used.

    Similar functionality can be achieved by downloading apps. For example, the ones found at https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/apps-to-reduce-screen-time-iphone-android/
    However, these apps often costs money, and also does not allow as much customizability to suit the user's specific needs.

    Logic behind this product and diagram sketches coming soon!

  2. vvnjo
    Cupcake Feb 10, 2019

    vvnjo , Feb 10, 2019 :
    Logic behind this product and how it should be implemented
    This feature will become part of the Settings options.
    It will be under Settings -> Apps & notifications
    In App info, users will be able to choose the group(s) that each app belongs to. An app can belong to one, multiple, or no groups.
    Back in the Apps & notifications page, there will be a new menu item called Time Control.
    Within Time Control, users have options to customize
    - The allowed time range(s) for each app, or a group of apps
    - Different settings for depending on the day of the week
    - Behavior of the apps when not within their allowed time (e.g. no notifications, disappear from app tray, etc)

    Directions and details via diagram sketches. Draw each screen and show the flow from screen to screen.
    Time Control.JPG

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