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Boost Productivity by Hiring Someone to Slap Your Face If You Go Off Task

Like many of us, Maneesh Sethi gets distracted by the Interweb at work
and his productivity suffers because of it (ahem, and yes, I realize you’re
probably doing the same thing by reading Neatorama right now – mea culpa!).
But the man has got a pretty unique solution to this problem: he hired
someone via Craigslist to slap him in the face if he went off task.

Nothing makes me more embarassed than seeing the amount of hours I
spend wasted on Reddit and Facebook chat.

38% productive. That means that almost 19 hours of my time last week
were wasted—disappeared, never to be seen again.

I figured, “This is stupid, why am I wasting this time doing
nothing? When I have a boss, or someone of authority watching me, I
always get my work done. How can I simulate the authority figure?”

Naturally, I believe that an authority figure should have real authority.
And I am a big fan of Slap Bets. Put those together — and I realized
I needed someone to make me work, with permission to slap me in the
whenever I cheated.

So I went on Craigslist, put up an advertisement, and waited to see
if anyone would bite.

See if Maneesh’s experiment worked over at his blog Hack The System:
– via TNW

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October 18th, 2012

Stranger to the World


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