A Planning App With a Plan of It's Own

Created by Ryan Vanderbilt.

I'm a Designer in San Diego, CA. I work at Plus Pieces Holdings, LLC. Previously, I've worked at Google, Eight Bit Studios, Table & Tennis, Anomaly, Landor. I earned a B.A. from Syracuse University.

Project Description

A scheduling/planning app with an emphasis on healthy & realistic ways of working and scheduling.

Taking into account things like mindfulness, focus, being present, knowing the ‘why’ behind the things you are doing, how our natural energy cycles work, etc.

In reality, we can't multitask effectively, or schedule two meetings at the same time, or work effectively for more than 90 minutes without a break, or go from a meeting about one thing, and instantly into another meeting about something else, so why should our scheduling tools allow us to do that?

I'm thinking some ‘healthy wisdom’ can come from interjecting it into the types of things we already do, such as planning our day. For example, after a 90 minute block it will force a 15 minute break into your schedule because 90 minutes has been shown to be the amount of time you can really focus and be productive before a break. As well as making you enter ‘why’ whatever you are scheduling is important, rather than just what, when, and where.

Maybe healthy habits and related wisdom needs to be embedded in tools we need to use everyday, rather than a solely health related product that may get lost in the sea of apps growing on our phones.

Why shouldn't everything made have an element of health/wisdom built into it, even a daily planner.

Specifically development, but this is the beginning of an idea, so who knows, probably a bit of everything, especially thinking and feedback.

Project Goals

  • Continue to explore the design of the app.

  • I'm interested in discussing the possibilities from the technical side, and then re-shape product as needed.

  • Working prototype to experience the idea and modify concept as needed.

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Kevin MacNeel

My idea for an app is to create a motivational mobile(phone or smart watch) app that would inspire and track things that you need to do on a daily basis to stay healthy. It would integrate with fitness trackers like the fitbit to motivate you to get enough sleep. The idea of the app would be to go behind just physical fitness, but it would also try to encourage behavoirs like be in bed at a certain time. i also would like there to be some incentive system in there as well. I don't really know what I would do, but maybe there is a way to give someone some type of credit or reward for meeting their health goals. Does this app sound interesting to you? Do you think it is something that can be merged with your app?


Ryan Vanderbilt  PROJECT CREATOR

Hey Kevin! Sorry I'm always slow to respond on this platform, I forget to check it :) Do you want to email me at -- Maybe we can meet for a coffee since we are both in San Diego.


Kevin MacNeel

I've thought of creating an application along the same lines as this one, and I'm excited about the idea. Do you have any ideas of what technologies you want to use to create the application?


Ryan Vanderbilt  PROJECT CREATOR

Hey Kevin! Sorry for my slow response :) I put this idea together a couple of years ago, so I'd probably want to rethink and redesign a bit. I'd love to hear more about your idea and would definitely prefer you to suggest technologies; I'm sure I'm not as well versed as you.


Josh Landquest

This project looks great!


Ryan Vanderbilt  PROJECT CREATOR

Thanks so much Josh, that means a lot!


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