meTime: an Application to Improve Focus

Steve Whittaker – swhittak@ucsc.edu – people.ucsc.edu/~swhittak

Maintaining work focus when on a computer is a challenge, and people often feel that they use their time ineffectively. We designed meTime, a simple real-time desktop awareness application that shows users how they allocate their time across applications. In two real world deployments we found that meTime helped participants reduce the amount of time they spend in non-work activities and overall time on their computer. However it didn’t lead participants to spend more time in work-related activities.