- Design interventions
- Explorative research
- AssignmentEnable people with full-time jobs who are alone at home after work to savor the free time they have for themselves.
- Involved parties
- IntroductionMany of us would enjoy the time we have at home more fully if we were able to stop thinking about our work in the back of our minds and could switch our mindset from work to actually being at home. We have the tendency to just go through the motions while being in a distracted state of mind,.
The interaction that was designed in this project attempts to help you make that switch in your head when you arrive home so you can savor your precious me time for the rest of the evening.
The goal of this project was to enable people with full-time jobs who are alone at home after work to experience a moment of conscious realization that they are home and therefore savor the free time they have for themselves.
I think a lot of people could enjoy their me-time more fully if they were able to stop thinking about their work in the back of their minds and could switch their mindset from work to actually being home. I myself, and with me many others I have noticed, have the tendency to just go through the motions while being in a distracted state of mind.
I wanted to create something that helps people make that switch in their head when they arrive home so that they can savour their me-time for the rest of the evening.
‘After Work Me time’ Booklet
Sensitizing booklets are one of the research tools used to explore the context. The booklets contained questions and exercises to make people reflect on their experiences with transitioning from a work mindset to a me time mindset.
The completed booklets were used as a guideline for interviewing the participants. Asking follow-up questions about their answers to the exercises led to unexpected insights and inspirations.
A simple trigger can already change the way you perceive the time you spend at home and also your mental state during this time.
Instead of clocking in at work like they used to do with a traditional punch clock, I want people to sort of ‘clock in’ for their me-time as a moment of conscious realization that they are home. It was important that the interaction would not require the user to step out of their usual coming-home routine too much, instead, I wanted it to compliment the ritual as a new addition.
The small punch clock is hung in the vicinity of the door, preferably in a way that it immediately falls into one’s line of sight when entering the home. A key card attached to the keys can be inserted into the key card slot.
As the card is inserted into the clock, a clamp closes on the card to hold it in place and the clock stops ticking. The sound of the clamp followed by the stopping of the ticking act as triggers in switching one’s mindset. Stopping the clock is symbolic for taking time off for yourself. All in all, the purpose is to create a small moment of awareness that one is now home.
When the keys are taken out the next morning to leave for work, the clock speeds up to the right time through GPS synchronization and continues ticking normally. This is also a mindful moment, as it illustrates the time that has passed as an ending to the me time.