The Felicity App: Enhancing Productivity With Psychological Interventions

The Felicity App: Enhancing Productivity With Psychological Interventions

A clean & minimalistic interface shown in the Felicity App’s current prototype, brandishing productivity management tools, integrations, and progressive psychological interventions

By: Veronica Xia, Honours Math and Computer Science at McGill University, Class of 2024 & Harshdeep Dhaliwal, Honours Biology, Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour student at McMaster University, Class of 2023

The Felicity App is an upcoming productivity mobile and web application integrating research-based psychological interventions founded by Joy Xu BHSc (Honours), Class of 2023 alongside a team of 70+ undergraduate students across the world. With an anticipated launch date in late August, Joy hopes to support the productivity of the student community with this virtual resource.

Improving productivity has become an increasingly prevalent challenge for students and workers alike, particularly given the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. With schools and offices transitioned online, it has become the responsibility of individuals to uphold their duties without in-person interaction, support, or resources. Even so, productivity has always been a prominent challenge– its barriers were merely amplified in light of the social changes implicated by the pandemic. But beyond the pandemic, increasing digitization and modernization of workspaces will make it all the more crucial for students and workers to maintain productivity, even when working from home offices.

With the anticipated resolution of this pandemic, productivity will likely persist as a struggle for young adults. Thereby, the Felicity App aims to target these challenges with an innovative approach of integrating personal management tools with psychological interventions. The app uses an evidence-based approach to identify the most effective and relevant psychological techniques to address common productivity barriers within the five research fields of procrastination, motivation, learning strategies, well-being, and psychological capital. These interventions will be seamlessly integrated with utilities in the app. The instilled psychological interventions will also be critically appraised by experts across the world to optimize its effectiveness to young adults across the world.

Psychological interventions combined with personal management tools (such as calendars and to-do lists seen above) provide seamless integration for optimizing user experience.

The idea behind the Felicity App began during the summer of 2020 as Joy Xu (BHSc (Honours), Class of 2023) was inspired to take initiative in improving the increasing need for support in student productivity by the community. Since then, she has founded Felicity and spearheaded its operations while involving over 70 post-secondary students across the world to contribute their skills in elevating the student community during the unprecedented pandemic. 

Unlike the conventional app-development process, Joy prioritizes a strong foundation in research validity and effectiveness beyond setting a product on the market. “I truly believe that an interdisciplinary approach can alleviate student challenges and optimize efficacy, particularly when an emphasis is placed on research-grounded interventions” she states. “I look forward to providing publicly accessible productivity interventions, and I’m incredibly grateful to have such a dedicated and diversely skilled team”. 

Left: Joy Xu, founder of the Felicity App

Right: The Felicity App development team, where students contribute towards UII/UX, frontend/backend development, research, and/or business & administration. 

With three major departments, ten teams, and two advisory boards, the Felicity App discerns its deliverables through in-depth analyses of interventions in research fields of motivation, procrastination, learning strategies, psychological capital, and well-being.  

These features aim to promote the completion of tasks, increase organization, and improve psychological well-being to ultimately enhance productivity. Almen Ng, a co-director of frontend/backend development, shares her perspective on Felicity’s progress, “I envision Felicity to be a part of not just my life, but others, who feel burnt out, overworked, and/or stressed develop a productive yet healthy lifestyle while still having fun!”.

Upon its highly-anticipated launch in late August, Felicity plans to revolve its operations around the expansion of its usage across several populations for both academic and daily tasks. With these plans, Joy states, “We hope to continue appraising the efficacy of Felicity’s interventions following its launch to ensure optimal support of student productivity across the world!”. 

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