We were inspired to create BALANCED as a result of our shared experiences during these almost 9 months of working from home. We found that our own work-life balance had been drastically changed since we changed our modality of work and school. To alleviate the stress that an improper work-life balance could bring, we created BALANCED, a website that has resources to improve productivity and lessen the stress from the new work-life balance. We named it "BALANCED" to represent what it could do to help users from all different backgrounds after they used it.
What it does
BALANCED is a resource for users can access to use a Pomodoro timer, learn about procrastination, or write notes to themselves.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
While developing BALANCED, we did come across multiple bumps in the road. One of the challenges we ran into was implementing our Google Calendar API that would have required users to log into Google to view their own Google Calendars. We also had some difficulty getting the data visualization chart on the home page to work and implementing the timer to countdown, but we were able to fix it after working together through debugging.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
What we learned
What's next for BALANCED
The next step for BALANCED is to implement the Google Calendar API functionality into the website and add more data to fully drive home our point that no user is alone in wanting to be more productive. In the future, the team hopes to include customizable times, stop the time with the button instead of taking us to the home page, debug the CSS of the timer, and save a record of the time. With that improvement, BALANCED could become more useful as a tool to improve users' work-life balance. Team Authentech hopes to improve and adapt the BALANCED website as time goes on, so that it can be more useful to its users in the future.