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Recentering through OBODO


Challenges brought on during the COVID-19 crisis have produced a need for an all-encompassing wellness app to allow users to recenter and learn more about themselves.

This project was unique as it had so many different sections and moving parts; we wanted this to be a truly all-encompassing app including daily journaling, breathing exercises, nutrition, and daily goal setting. While I was the UX lead on the project as a whole, my main section responsibility was the daily journal.


The Problem

A journaling aspect of the application was one of the first solutions we came up with for an all-encompassing wellness app. Most journaling apps that were looked into lacked a level of customization, helpful prompts, and a clean modern interface. The main problem we were faced with was finding a way to make everything seamlessly flow together, and provide users of all journaling experience levels with a straightforward platform. 


Providing users with a collapsed pullout tab containing useful prompts allows for those who have limited journaling experience to have a starting point.


  • Provide a clear and unique organization system for entries

  • Offer more than one option for reflection of journal entries


Instead of using a folder system, notebooks were used to organize entries. How they are organized is up to the user - either by mood, month, year, etc. The individual entries below the notebooks are color-coded to the spine of the journal they belong to.


Book views 1 and 2 provide the option for the user to swipe through as they would while reading an e-book, whereas the index view is a more straightforward reflection experience. Here the user can reassign the entry, the mood, and edit the actual entry.


I conducted interviews with five separate potential users - two of whom were experienced in journaling daily while the other three had all journaled in the past but stopped. I gleaned that those who used to journal but stopped did so because they didn't have a good idea of how to get the most out of the experience of journaling and did not know what to write about while journaling. 

From here, the idea of the pullout prompt bank was conceived. Originally, the prompts were presented in a drop-down menu style along with the other aspects of the journal entry formatting. Feedback showed that it was frustrating for the other two users, (the experience journalers) because it was taking up space and they didn't feel that they needed it. I then changed it to be a collapsable tab on the side of the screen, available to those who needed it. 

The third iteration of the entry input screen was made due to feedback from all 5 users saying that they wanted to assign a mood to the entries. This was a fantastic insight as it led to other features like an analytics screen showing a graph of the users' moods over a period of time. 


How It Works


When the user first enters into the journaling section, it is clearly broken down into sub-sections: Notebooks and Individual Entries. The individual entries are color-coded matching the spine of the notebook which clearly demonstrates which one it belongs to. They can also compose a new entry from here, view all their notebooks, or read a specific entry. 



The New Entry screen provides the users with the ability to shift to day or night mode, reassign the notebook the entry belongs to (by tapping the colored spine by the entry name), a prompt bank and options to customize the format of the entry. 

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By going into an individual notebook, all the entries within that notebook are clearly displayed along with the ability to quickly switch to a different notebook.

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