Virtual coworking for getting anything done



Additionally, none of the information, deliverables, or design decisions presented in this case study represent the views or opinions of Focusmate.

Product introduction


Focusmatechanges the way you work by connecting you to other professionals who have committed to being accountable for finishing their most important work. You choose a time to work, and Focusmate pairs you with an accountability partner for a live, virtual coworking session that will keep you on task.

As part of my application for a product designer position at Focusmate which was submitted on March 22, 2022, I was tasked with proposing changes to their platform. According to a heuristic evaluation study I conducted, I found zero P0 issues, nine P1 issues, and sixteen P2 issues. I selected three issues to address. It should be noted that all of these issues existed as of March 22, 2022, but some or all may have since been resolved by the Focusmate team. Kudos to them!

Change: Report Video


When a user clicks the Report Video Issue button, without any other prompt, she gets the screen below:

There are several reasons why this results in a poor user experience:

Clicking the Yes button directs the user to a Typeform survey, which can be confusing as the user does not know if their initial report was sufficient.


Change: Leave Session


Clicking the "Leave" button during a session directs the user to the dashboard without confirmation, which can be distracting for them and their session partner.


When the user clicks the "Leave" button, a modal should appear to confirm their intention to leave the current session before directing them to the dashboard.

Change: Session Sync


When a user schedules a study session, they can specify the task they plan to accomplish and a "Focusmate Session" task is added to their external calendar. However, since the task input is not synchronized with the external calendar, this feature has limited usefulness.

It is assumed that most Focusmate power users follow strict time management systems and maintain their daily plans and calendars, including entering their tasks into their preferred digital calendar such as Google Calendar.


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