"An optimal solution is comprised solely of optimal steps"
A great deal of effort has been expended on solving the issue of time management, and all of the methods which have been tried share the common idea of looking at a size-varying 'big picture'. Existing solutions look at years, months, and weeks and try to plan things in discrete and large time steps by setting deadlines and goals. Chrono:Logic does none of the above. Chrono:Logic takes a continuous time approach, organizing passively in hours, minutes, even seconds each day. It does not require setup nor planning nor any schedule adjustment. It fits in with existing plans and other strategies of time organization - it sets no goals or deadlines.
Chrono:Logic operates in an unorthodox way - rather than trying to help the user do more work, it tries to help the user take more effective breaks.
Chrono:Logic our brainchild. It was born out of a particular prompt which was taken much farther than was initially intended for the class it was a part of. As it happened, surveys were conducted on a small sample of people in the high school and college age ranges, and a few people were selected from the working age population. It seemed a reasonable conclusion that there was a desire for more time, not only for things that must be done, but for things that are more fun and relaxing as well. Chrono:Logic solves this problem by more effectively separating the two.
The following guidlines were collected:
- Small, single-purpose device
- Extremely high durability
- Elegant and simple design
- Easy-to-use UI
- Minimal interface
- Multiple form-factors
- Long battery life
In a survey, it was determined that a form-factor of a small disc was second to a fidget spinner which contained the same functionality. The poularity of spinners being at their height, this may not be practical to pursue.
Chrono:Logic is a single-purpose device. It does not integrate with a phone or a computer, nor does it connect to the internet in any way. The only reason for the micro USB-B connector on it is to charge its batteries. Even that may be removed in the case that wireless charging is a viable and reasonably efficient option.
Chrono:Logic should be easy to use. Upon starting the device for the first time, it asks the user to tell it when work is started, and it begins by advising the user to take breaks after a default time, and the user can opt to take the break, or to inform Chrono:Logic that a break is not yet needed. The user may request a break at any time and Chrono:Logic will from this information begin to learn how the user operates best. It learns not only how long the user needs before a break, but how long the breaks should be, and it learns those with respect to the time of day. It adapts to changes slowly in the user's behavior, allowing it to continue to work with the user through changes.