How-To: Quantify Productivity with Twine
Our friends over at Handsome held FinishUp Weekend last week to inspire people to get things done! Supermechanical set up some Twines around the workspace to track just what goes into finishing projects up. You can check out the results here.
To keep track of coffee breaks, we set up a magnetic switch on the coffee urn so each time someone pressed the lever to up their caffeine levels, a rule would trigger.
Since the magnetic switch is normally closed, we set up a rule that looked like this:
To keep track of how many snack breaks participants took throughout the weekend, we set a Twine on top of the fridge, and monitored via vibration how often the doors were opened and closed (a magnetic switch would work well too, if your fridge is unusually stable).
Our vibration rule was set up like this, but you should adjust the vibration needed to trigger the rule based on your fridge:
You can read more detail about using the vibration sensor here.
With all that sustenance coming in, of course we had to measure it on its way out. Twine tracked bathroom breaks via magnetic switch.
We set up the magnetic switch on the handle so when the toilet was flushed it would come in range of the magnetic switch and trigger the rule (this also keeps Twine and the sensor safe from toilet water). This rule was just opposite of the coffee urn rule, because the magnetic switch on the toilet is set up as usually open.
And after all the coffee, snacks, bathroom breaks, and hard work, the reward was pressing a big red button at the finish line. You can read about how we hacked the Easy button here.
With the results graphed, it’s easy to track trends. How many times a day are you opening the fridge? Notice your toilet is getting more use than you thought? Maybe it’s time to look into ways to save water… Notice your employees are drinking a lot of coffee at certain times of day? Keep the pot full during those hours to maintain productivity levels.