My Learning Journal

Assignment One: For Class 1, Identify a problem that you would like to solve as part of this UX course. Over the course of this week, find a time to conduct some observations or chat through some questions with people who would be users of this.

Problem: Not enough hours in the days to do all of my projects.

I have spoken to my daughter to see if she has the same problem as me, specifically, not enough time to get all the things done that we would like to have done. She does so we talked about some possible solutions:

  • Chose to do fewer projects - a possibility, but I really enjoy most of them
  • Lower my standards for project completion - not really my style, I'm a bit of a perfectionist
  • Retire from work - can't afford it
  • Find a part-time job rather that my full-time job - maybe, if I could draw my pension while working part-time
  • Sleep less - I only sleep six hours a night now; six hours might be pushing it
  • Better manage my time - probably the most viable solution

Let's explore the possibilities. It seems to me that a logical approach would be to outline a typical day and then try to find some places to save a few minutes.

February 22nd, 2017 - A Typical Day

  • 5:00 am - Tired hit the snooze
  • 5:10 am - Again
  • 5:20 am - OK, I'm up. Take my medicine
  • 5:21 am - Read the daily readings from my Spanish missal
  • 5:27 am - Turn on shower, lay out clothes
  • 5:29 am - Shower, dress
  • 5:45 am - Pack breakfast, lunch
  • 5:52 am - Leave the house for Mass
  • 6:10 am - Arrive at the church, park at the far end of the parking lot to get in a few steps
  • 6:13 am - Read the gospel for the day in the other languages that I study
  • 6:20 am - Mass
  • 6:40 am - Drive to work
  • 6:50 am - Arrive at work, park at the far end of the parking lot to get in a few more steps
  • 6:52 am - Eat breakfast
  • 7:00 am - 10:00 am - Work
  • 10:00 am - Walk for fifteen minutes (more steps)
  • 10:15 am - 12 noon - Work
  • Noon - Walk to Walmart (next door to workplace) to buy milk, juice, etc. (more steps)
  • 12:40 pm - Eat lunch
  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Work
  • 2:30 pm - Use app to study Portuguese for five minutes, walk for ten minutes (more steps, close to daily step goal)
  • 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm - Work
  • 3:30 pm - Walk to my car
  • 3:35 pm - Drive home
  • 3:50 pm - Pick up mail from box across the street, fill the fountain (routinely, water splashes out), bring in groceries, put them away, have a water and a snack
  • 4:15 pm - Log into the Adobe Edex to work on assignment(s)
  • 5:15 pm - It's Wednesday, so drive to church for the Mass in Tagalog
  • 5:40 pm - Park at the far end of the parking lot, do a couple of laps around the church (10,000 step goal usually reached)
  • 6:00 pm - Mass in Tagalog
  • 6:35 pm - Drive home
  • 7:00 pm - Log into Edex for live class (usually late on Wednesdays)
  • 8:00 pm - Heat chili for dinner, eat, put dishes in the dishwasher
  • 8:40 pm - Work some more on the day's assignment (taking two Edex classes and I'm behind)
  • 10:00 pm - Play Civilization VI (I always allow the game to select the leader, right now, I'm Catherine de Medici)
  • 10:45 pm - Get ready for bed
  • 11:00 pm - Sleep (unless I just have to have one more turn in Civ VI)

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