We had the opportunity to present a total of four papers at the British HCI Conference, three of as part of the Habits workshop.
Bradley, Brumby, Cox and Bird (2013) presented the paper ” How to manage your inbox: Is a once a day strategy best?”. Seven academics spent one week trialing e-mail strategies that involved either frequent checking or checking only once a day. The latter strategy resulted in less time spent reading and responding to e-mail than the former, suggesting that this may be a useful tactic when attempting to improve productivity.
E-mail habits were also addressed in Brumby, Cox and Bird’s (2013) position paper, also arguing for a once-a-day approach to e-mail.
Cox, Bird and Fleck (2013) presented their work on how digital epiphanies can be encouraged through more accurate self perceptions of technology use. The paper discusses a number of examples of digital epiphanies and how personal informatics encouraged self reflection and ultimately, self knowledge.
Finally, Shabajee and Priest’s (2013) paper, “Digitally Assisted Life-(Im)Balance?” argues for the complexity of work-life balance, discussing the need for the devlopment of methods intended to identify factors both positive and negative digital behaviours.