Understanding your time should easy and enjoyable. The two main ways people interact with RescueTime today are through the weekly summary emails and the dashboard. We recently put in a lot of work on improving the overall design and experience with our weekly emails, and now we’re turning our attention to the dashboard. The current dashboard is ok. It gives a decent overview of how you’re spending your time across several dimensions, and it’s certainly served us well for quite a while.
But we feel like it could be so much more. So, we’re thinking through some ways we could improve it, and we’d like your feedback.
Here are a few of the specific things we’d like to address:
Today the dashboard gives you a lot of facts – We’d like it to tell a story
The dashboard is pretty good at giving you a lot of trivia about yourself, but it falls down when it comes to providing context around those data points. We’d like to include more ways to highlight interesting changes, answer questions, and do a better job of pointing out interesting insights.
It doesn’t mobilize well
The overall presentation doesn’t lend itself to a small screen. We’re investigating some responsive design options that will allow the information to be more accessible across a range of screen sizes. Also, those Flash graphs that drive pretty much 90% of the content on the dashboard aren’t going to work on many mobile devices, so we’ll need to address that as well.
It isn’t a very satisfying experience for brand new users
One of the most troubling points of the overall user experience is the moment when someone first signs up, but hasn’t logged much time yet. We want the dashboard to do a better job of leading new users into the app and educating them about how to get the most from RescueTime.
It just feels a bit dated
The whole UI is in need of a dust-off. We want to give it a refresh and make the whole thing feel a bit more contemporary. Your data is telling you a pretty interesting story, and it deserves a beautiful presentation.
So, we’re exploring several new ways we could present your data to you. We’re not rushing it, and we want to be careful, as it’s the page on our site that you are likely to interact with the most. To make sure we cover all the right bases, we’d love to get some feedback from you during this process. We’d love it if you could answer some of the following questions in the comments:
- When you go to RescueTime.com, what’s the main thing you’re hoping to learn?
- Is there anything you find yourself digging for that you wish you didn’t have to?
- Are there things on the current dashboard that you find yourself just not caring about? If so, what are they?
- Do you have any other thoughts that you think might be helpful to us as we think through this process?
Thanks for your feedback! We plan on keeping everyone in the loop as we work through it.