Date of Award

Spring 12-2022

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Computer Science

Advisor/Committee Chair

Shaghayegh Sahebi

Abstract

In the academic context, success is dependent on the individual’s ability to keep track of what needs to be done in a timely manner. But, for most students, procrastination often stands in their way. The time management application, Proccoli, is a tool that the Sahebi/Feyzi lab has developed to study individual and group procrastination behavior and help improve students’ ability to track and manage their tasks and time. Drawing foundations from Human Computer Interaction literature, the application provided features and functionalities to help promote selfregulatory behaviors such as self-observation, self-judgement, and self-reflection. An evaluation survey was sent to previous Proccoli users to investigate 1) how much the application helps users complete their tasks, 2) how much the application helps users plan and manage their time and 3) how much the users like using the application. In general, respondents expressed that the application made them feel more accountable and motivated to complete their goals. They found support throughout each phase of the goal setting process including goal creation, planning, managing, and execution. Whether or not goals were completed, users felt prompted to learn from their successes and failures by observing and reflecting on the progression of goals and the outcome of goals. Respondents felt many positive feelings while using the application such as “Productive”, “Proud”, “Rewarded” and “Aware”, but some hesitated whether they would continue using the application in the future because of the aesthetic of the user-interface, and the time required to create goals. As one user stated, “The mission and vision for Proccoli is great. It just wasn’t as user-friendly as I hoped”.

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