I've wanted a personal dashboard to track everything in my life at a quick glance, like weight/health metrics, financials, to-do, schedule, emails, twitter replies, etc; something that'll give me a quick and comprehensive view of everything going on personally, socially, financially, professionally. Basically a Mint meets Ducksboard for my life, or even better, a universal life platform that services can hook into.
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A while ago I built a similar tracking tool for my kid and then introduced to his friend's parents in our neighbourhood and they love the concept. We still use but haven't checked if his friend's parent still use.
Basically it is a google form, so we trained my son to go in and add the time and note down the activity
And here is the sample google spreadsheet
It allows you to record and create beautiful charts from any arbitrary data you want to send it. It gets the data by you tweeting direct messages to it, so it's really easy to do from just about any device.
One big problem with a unified dashboard is that not everything in your life should be monitored on the same frequency.
Here's one example: You probably need to check your email several times a day (if not, god bless you!) but checking your 401k balance several times a day is almost certainly harmful to your well-being. It probably doesn't make you happier; contemplating your money rarely does. Instead it will alternately make you worry (as every dip in the stock market causes nightmarish visions of a retirement spent in a cardboard box), or make you irrationally exuberant (as every good trading day makes you dream of buying a second home). The net effect is that it will subtly encourage you to trade, because if you don't trade your 401k is the most boring thing imaginable, and you feel the subconscious urge to tinker with it to make it do something. But trading is a disaster, because churning your investments makes other people rich at your expense, and because timing the market doesn't work, and telling yourself not to time the market usually doesn't work, either.
For much more on this topic see the work of e.g. William Bernstein (The Four Pillars of Investing, The Investor's Manifesto) or any of the so-called Bogleheads, or try Ramit Sethi:
Here's another example: The ideal amount of time to spend monitoring your weight is none, unless your weight is unhealthily large or is increasing significantly. (If you're prone to anorexia, a continuously updated dashboard showing your weight is potentially dangerous. You need to avoid playing that game.) And unless you're some sort of edge-case athlete, by no means should you monitor your weight daily: You should either weigh-in weekly, or weigh yourself daily but compute a running average (and have a deep understanding of what a running average is and why you're computing it). Otherwise day-to-day fluctuations are likely to destroy your confidence in your diet. (I'm told that, for this reason, Weight Watchers explicitly trains members to weigh-in weekly, not daily.)
Perhaps your 401k widget only shows up the first time you log in each quarter. Your weight tracking widget only shows up Monday morning. Your banking and monthly budgeting widget shows up daily. Your Amazon order shipping widget shows up only when you have an open order. Your meal plan widget shows up all the time.
You can choose which widgets you want. If you're poor and don't have a 401k, don't turn on the 401k widget. If you're rich and skinny and don't have problems maintaining either of those, don't turn on the budgeting and weight loss widgets. But a shared dashboard doesn't imply everything on the same frequency.
The point of a dashboard is that no navigation is required beyond turning your head and glancing. Dashboards are for things that you want to see by accident, or while waiting for a phone call. A widget that usually isn't there when you turn your head might as well not be on the dashboard at all. If you have to click to see it, it can be in a separate app or site. If you have to wait for a specific date and time to see it, it might just as well arrive in your mail, Twitter stream, or SMS.
A couple dangers with "track everything" apps: (A) the app may track nothing well, and (B) it may be exceedingly hard to communicate its benefits to people. On the other hand, there may be some significant benefits to a having a data hub for personal metrics: easy cross-referenced reporting, etc.
The stuff that you are able to put into neat little folders _should_ go into neat little folders.
A continuously-updated Mint dashboard? If I needed to micromanage my money that closely it would be a sign of trouble. And it would certainly be stressful.
Most of the money-management advice I trust emphasizes the role of automation. If your budgeting system requires constant mindfulness it's not working well.
EDIT: I saw your above comment and you make a good point about different check-in times.
Whereas you are mr. Joe Adventure, middle name "Unpredictable" now?
The same thing could be said for all "todo", "time management", "GTD", etc solutions. Why the snark for this particular idea, which sounds a lot more involved and useful than 90% of the GTD apps out there?
Actually reminds me of the "personal customized web portal pages" of old, which could be even more interesting in this day and age, showing latest tweets, mails, bank balance, upcoming events, RSS feeds you follow, etc, on top of basic stuff like todos etc.
I think the OP's idea is great and can go further. The distinction is between what I am doing/need to do and who I am.
The point is it's all updated in real-time. We've got the services and biosensors to do it. Now it's just a matter of integrating it all together.
Seriously, this is one of the most interesting software ideas I've heard in a long time, and I don't usually get excited about productivity software. Do it.
Integration is the hard part but it's the next step in the evolution away from widget based dashboards to better designed experiences that display that info. I think the experience should be multi-tiered - from quick glances to deeper functionality for repetitive actions. You might just want to track some things but you should also be able to do X or Y without going to another destination.
tl;dr: no thanks. Daytum is infinitely better, and cheaper.
Basically a Mint meets Ducksboard for my life, or even better, a universal life platform that services can hook into.
I sincerely never would have guessed that from your landing page.
I've spent about 2 hours buying the domain, setting up email, Twitter, Launchrock, etc. So yes the pitch and landing page are very rough right now.
My goal is to do just enough marketing to get 100 good BETA testers. Ship to Testflight. Refine the App and the pitch. Rinse, repeat.
It'll get better every week but pardon the rough edges at the moment.
I'm just one person of many, but when I see neat little apps like this I would always much rather pay for it outright than pay for it each month. I don't know why more people don't sell cool services like this. Chances are I am going to just cancel it after a month anyway.
That's not so say that a hosted, subscription service wouldn't be useful for some, but self-hosing would allow users to solve problems for themselves that would otherwise be feature requests, and hard to design well for everyone.
I know OP doesn't want to be another LinkedIn, but there's no reason why he or someone else couldn't create an opt-in browsable database of these for better discoverability. How awesome would it be if you could click a link next to your hackathon entry and see the status page of other attendees?
I would rather drive a shitty used car at a one time $5k purchase price over a brand new car at $300/month. For the same reason, I also don't get into cell phone contracts and cable subscriptions. I don't know what subset of the population is like me, but I think it would surprise you.
You also make a good point about renewals. Because the cost of annual plans is out of mind for most of the year, it's important they allow users to disable auto-renew. I use Pandora, RescueTime and Forrst and they all have this option.
When you put such an option to people, they will not tell you how much it's worth to them. They will only tell you how much they are willing to pay... if at all they had to. Expect the numbers to skew heavily towards free.
Actually, I'd say, once you get the data you should generously double the price.
Example here: http://www.quirky.com/products/327-The-Milkmaid-smart-milk-j... (though that product might be out of price survey mode by the time you click through)
And I really like the concept, but I believe that the value of a "status dashboard" is that it's a concise view of what's happening right now. I really don't think that this sort of concept is a good resume replacement it's not a good format for 20+ items.
I'd suggest making it a status dashboard for what you're working on right now, and once things are "completed" they drop off into a bulleted list at the bottom which becomes your "work log" rather than "dashboard" at that point. Make it less overwhelming and I could really see a recruiter or business partner getting some good info from it.
They share inverted palette and a grid layout, but other than that if you set out to design a "cool" looking and functional 2 column table, it'll end up looking as posted project. There are just too few convergence points for this sort of design pattern.
The consistency of the boring resume format is a plus. If you want to distinguish yourself, I would suggest you work within that format: better typography, a nice header, a striking layout (that still follows the format.)
Chances are, if I like someone's resume, it's time to talk to them on the phone, not read a secondary resume that's in a weird format.
Kind of like the new Visual Studio Achievements but for everything else.
When I found out it was another resume/CV/job board thing I just rolled my eyes and closed it. If I wanted that I would just use LinkedIn or Google+ (public) to talk about my bits and pieces.
Is this simply a vague way of saying that you were hoping for something you could run locally, not a hosted service?
If not, I'm not sure what would stop you from doing exactly as you describe.
Eh, people will use anything, I've also seen 8-23. 8.23 certainly isn't a stretch.
> My point is that it is more or less insane to start inventing new date format with zero regard to formats in other countries.
You haven't been dealing with the U.S. much, have you? To be fair, most of the fun comes from their use of ancient standards rather than new ones, but they aren't exactly known for consulting with other countries. Then again, at 300 million people it's a little difficult to blame them.
A/B test the price points with a pre-registration, and do not take payment information yet.
... of those who didn't leave because they didn't like any of them. And even that is not true. It's more of an urban legend popular between "UX designers." In reality, people will go with the cheapest option that fits their needs.
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I'm in the process of trying to summarize my real work and "value" to someone in reference to what could be a dream job. A job that my traditional resume doesn't quite fit.
It would be wonderful to be able to provide a recruiter or similar with a link to a not necessarily public status chart to demonstrate myself.
That is terribly against your interests, because your future employers do not burn with the need for more status charts. The contents of your existing work are not all that relevant to them. The results are much more interesting. How you are going to apply those experiences to their problems is most interesting of all.
Figure out a way to credibly claim that you increased sales or decreased costs at a past employer and that, by consequence, you could do it at a new employer -- most employers perk up at that sort of thing. Show them your plan for doing it. It's so effective it is practically cheating.
If I'm hiring a graphic designer, a resume full of monetary claims is going to look like vague fluff to me. Instead I want to see a portfolio, because the result I am looking for is really great graphic design. It is my job as a manager to understand how that might fit into our product cycle and business model. But it has to start with demonstrated talent at the skill I need to fill.
I'd been theorizing that some of the baffling responses here are the result of folks are seeing the world purely through the lens of a specific type of company.
I'm thinking of it as a simple tool for providing context and references to what I've done. The first step in making those claims of results credible.
I'm not talking about shipping a link in lieu of a CV or proper introduction to a job I'm pursuing, rather when someone reaches out to me and would like to know what I'm up to - I can show them.
Obviously, once you get to the point of sitting face to face with someone it's a totally different type conversation, but for the first exchange I see nothing wrong with this.
They don't want to babysit you, or live your life alongside you. They don't want to understand every little thing you do. That is the very opposite of what they want. They want you to deliver something valuable with as little fanfare as necessary, to the point that they might pay extra to be able to download your work product without even speaking to you.
And they really don't want to hire someone who seems to be expecting to be micromanaged, and who is therefore more obsessed with presenting the process than presenting the results. Your todo list should not look more polished than your products.
If someone asks to know what you're up to… you tell them? Using sentences? Probably as few of them as possible, unless you're having the conversation over beer? If they don't find your claims credible… you offer them references?
 Okay, there is a (considerably smaller) market for artisanal products where part of the deliverable is a lovingly detailed description of how the product was made. But those who buy artisanal products won't settle for a mere checklist. They want personality. They want lovingly described blog-style updates with coffee-table-quality photos. Or they want a minute-by-minute first-person account on Twitter.
Still, abstract from what I actually said or meant it's an educational perspective and I genuinely thank you for it.
The mentality that carefully-documented work is a substitute for results is the bane of almost all professional managers. It's crazymaking when you set out to achieve a result and receive instead a detailed log of steps that failed to produce it. That happens often enough that I might not want to signal that particular "survival skill" to a prospective manager.
I feel like your angle here is frustratingly assumptive in the same way as the other response below.
Having seen it twice now, maybe what I'm saying looks just like the symptoms of some "process not results" types you two have seen before, but it couldn't be further from my intent or work in practice.
I don't see how you managed to fantasize all that from my suggestion about the potential utility of an easy, concise way to share what I'm working on and how with someone.
"That's bad idea." - Fine.
"No one cares." - Cool.
"Don't try to hide your failure to produce results behind a pretty status chart." - What the fuck are you talking about?
That's where the topic of intent came from, you keep baking it into your judgments.
By this point in the tangent I thought the interesting topic was why you seem to think that the work or method behind a specific result is irrelevant?
I guarantee you the first sentence will get a lot more interest. It's also much more relevant-the specific technologies you used aren't really that important. Your ability to identify business problems and come up with solutions is.
I love the design, though. It's a way to reinforce the idea that there is more to a desirable applicant than their diploma and grade average. Basically why LinkedIn is fundamentally broken.
EDIT: Another way to include speaking gigs would be to provide links to your Lanyrd and Speaker Deck profiles.
I mentioned it on the form but I'll say it again here. I think for prices around what you're talking about it makes sense to make them per month $25/year is about $2/month, if you ask me to spend $25 up front for something I might think about it but $2 just seems like nothing.
Optimizing a successful business around people who think $25 is a lot of money to spend at one time is a tough road (I'm happy to talk offline about personal experiences here). No offense to @almost, I'm not saying he's being cheap, only that he may not value this niche as other people (similarly, I would be a horrible customer for Pokemon anything). The bottom line is $25/year is about what paper refills cost for cheap day planners; not a lot of money in any objective sense.
I'd try to capture people who perceive more than $2/month of value in what you offer, and tune the product to offer them even more.
To really stand out write a cover letter that sells what you've done and makes the case for your benefit to the company.
If you want to go further, create a personal website and reference it from your resume/cover letter.
e.g. mine is http://stephenballnc.com
Additionally the widget doesn't seem to be current (my scores are all out of date). Aw, I sure hope it's still online, but I sure can't find it.
If you're like me and didn't notice, here's the full demo: http://kennedysgarage.com/status
Nice to have a place to keep all that stuff though.
Here's my profile: http://foliospace.me/scosman