This week i carried out a quick experience prototype with some of the guys from CIID. On a map of Copenhagen i got them to plot their weekends activities, after giving them step by step instructions to follow. These were:
Step 1: Write a list of priorities you like to do on (i) a daily basis (ii) a weekly basis.
Step 2: On different coloured post-its categorize these priorities, how do you divide up your time.
Step 3: On the map of Copenhagen mark out where you live and work.
Step 4: Plot out your weekend activities by writing individual activities you did, at what time and with who. Write these activities on coloured post-its corresponding to one of the categories you already defined. (use the color code you set)
Step 5: Place the post-it on the map at the location of where the activity took place
Step 6: Give the activity a rating out of 5, of how satisfying it was (writing on the post it as well)
Alie’s List of priorities
Ujjval starting to map his activities
Patterns starting to show….
Ujjval drawing a path to show the order of his activities
Nunzia’s Map, she has categorized her time into ‘shared’ and ‘private’
Comparing peoples maps on the Wall!
The rest of the photos can be seen here.
Some of my key findings so far for the exercise were:
-People are unaware of how much they actually do, and how busy they are until they actually sit down and think about it.
-People have very different views about how they categorize their time.
-Using colour to show different categories, very quickly enables you to see patterns in behaviour especially related to the home and workplace.
-Putting priorities into categories allows you to what areas you spend most time on in your life, and then you can go to a deeper layer of data to find out specific activities. etc.
-The people who you are with often has a huge influence on the satisfaction of the activity your doing.
To learn more about these patterns and behaviours i am testing this experience prototype on myself as well. But instead of putting a few days on a map, I am recording everything i do each day on a new map. This way i can compare each day individually, see if any patterns or routines appear, and look back easily on which day was my ‘happiest/satisfied’ and then see what activities i was doing that day and who with.
At the end of this week i’l post my maps and findings!