TOYL – Task Tracker

Don’t you just hate it when you’re planning to work or worse, are in the middle of a work session and a notification comes in on your phone—a “quick check” becomes hours later. 

Also, do you know how much time you work on certain tasks in relation to the time you have allocated for work per week? 
Enter the TOYL Task Tracker. It enables you to switch off your phone and focus on work, while simultaneously enabling you to set up the amount of time you’d like to work per week—say 60 hours—and the tasks that you’d like to get done. When you sit down for a session, you get an idea of how much time you have left for your overall work. The Tracker has two modes: Timer, where you’ve preset how much time you’d like to spend per task per week, and Stopwatch, where you can simply start-stop the timer after selecting a task.  

Materials

  • Feather Huzzah
  • FeatherWing
  • Male header pins 
  • Female header pins 
  • 500mAh battery 
  • Stranded wire 
  • Pliers 
  • Breadboard 
  • Opaque acrylic sheet 24”x18”
  • Access to a laser cutter 
  • Vector software

Instructable

Link to instructable

Process

Laser cutting process

Sketches

Reflections

Initially, I wanted to make the enclosure using foam core. I’m glad I managed to get out of my comfort zone and learned how to use the laser cutter. My reason for this project was to create something that I could use to better manage and track my workflow in my graduate studies while minimizing distractions. In the future, I would like to put more time into completing it.