In today’s world, social media websites, streaming platforms, and online games are carefully designed to produce as much dopamine as possible in users and create addictions easily. Everyone knows the feeling of opening a laptop to get some work done and ending up on YouTube for six hours, so our team wanted to create a tool to help people avoid these distractions while also working towards their goals and remaining productive. That’s how we came up with Progresso.
What it does
Progresso is a web extension that allows users to create a work timer as well as a to-do list of different tasks. While they have not completed their desired work time or still have tasks left on their to-do list, Progresso blocks out select websites of the user’s choice. So, if the user is easily distracted by social media websites such as twitter or instagram, these websites can be added to Progresso’s block list, and the user will not be able to access them until all of their work is complete. As a result, the user can remain on-task and productive while browsing the internet.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
As an overall concept, we are extremely happy with the unique purpose that Progresso offers. We believe that no other application has served as both a productivity tracker and a distraction blocker in a way that is as useful as Progresso. Progresso’s to-do list work timer, and insights page allow users to stay on task and have a good idea of the work they are getting done. At the same time, the website blocking feature helps them avoid distractions, serving two key purposes of productivity in one web extension.
What we learned
What's next for Progresso
Being a web extension, we feel as though Progresso is an extremely useful tool for computer users. However, one failure of Progresso is that a user could still access distracting websites by using a mobile device instead. Therefore, the next step for Progresso is to also create a mobile app front-end, such that the web-extension and app can co-exist to also block apps on mobile while the user has not completed their work. This would help Progresso be a more practically useful and holistic idea, as it would ensure that users cannot cheat themselves and get distracted through other devices.