I have a drawer full of gadgets that I bought at one point in time with hopes and dreams of magnificent projects and never even touched!
Some time ago I started a simple spreadsheet to help myself with the impulse buys. The idea was before I bought something I had to put it to that spreadsheet and it had to wait at least 7 days before I allowed myself to buy it.
After 7 days strange things started to happen: In most cases I realised I had lost appetite for that shiny new thing that I once thought was a definite must-have!
I kept at listing all the stuff but quickly it started to become hard to wield by just a spreadsheet.
Sleep On It
The idea behind the app is to automate and “beautify” that process a little bit. It has one Shopping Cart in which the items have waiting periods.
It seemed wasteful to me doing nothing during the waiting period. After all it’s not just about dissuading myself from buying new items. I should use that time to make informed decisions about the stuff I’m planning to buy. That’s why I added the product comparison feature.
The shopping cart has a limited size. Otherwise you would be able to add anything whenever you think of something to game the system so their waiting period would start (well, at least that’s how my mind works!) if your cart is full you can still add items to the wish list and start reviewing products. It’s basically a backlog of items. This way at least you wouldn’t forget about that thing you saw in your favourite online marketplace. Once you clear up some space in your cart either by waiting to buy or deleting them permanently, you can transfer items from wish list to the cart and officially kick off the waiting period.
I have a lot of ideas to improve it but you gotta release at some point and I think it has enough to get me started. Hope anyone else finds it useful too.
If you’re interested in the app please contact me. I might be able to hook you up with a promo code.