For my prototype, I created a before bed checklist in an effort to change my attitude towards quarantine. For the following week after creating this list, I reviewed the list nightly and asked myself the questions. Some nights I would go through the list and become a bit frustrated, as some of the questions have to do with communication, something very difficult to maintain during these times. I noticed I was only really talking to my family and a couple friends, which is fine but not my usual routine. I was becoming frustrated with my nightly questions as I wasn’t always happy with my answers. After reanalyzing the questions, I realized the questions weren’t the problem, the reflection was. I decided to add a part two to my prototype. I would add a plan for tomorrow in order to make each day a little better. This plan could be anything from a schedule to a to do list to list of goals. No matter the format, I would stick to this plan in order to have a positive attitude in our crazy new way of living.I look forward to continuing use with my product in the future as I am beginning to see a positive turn in my mental state.
I found the way we went through the design process to be very organized and systematic. It was refreshing considering I usually come up with crazy ideas that don’t accomplish anything. I am inspired and come up with a single solution that may or may not be functional. In this process, we came up with multiple solutions to a single problem, then continued to develop our favorite solution. I feel that this way is more efficient as it forced me to realize there is always more than one solution to a single problem. I am excited that our professors encouraged us to find a solution to a real world problem we were struggling with; it definitely gave us more motivation. In the future, I hope to continue the use of my prototype nightly reflection. I hope that maybe I can turn it into a nightly reflection/mediation so that I can be more at peace in my hectic new environment. I can make my product better by posting the reflection questions in a corner of my room and dedicating that space to my reflection corner. I could possibly sit by the questions once a night and mediate after my reflection. I believe that if I make my product a part of my room, I will want to make it a part of my life and thus be more enticed to do it. Overall, I had a lot of fun creating this product as again, it found a solution to a real world problem I was having. I was able to understand and identify what I was struggling with the most and create a plan to alleviate my problems. The way I used to think has been modified so that I think about multiple solutions instead of just one. As I move forward in my major and then career path, I hope to keep this in mind as I believe it causes me to be more open minded and creative.