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

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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: Link - via TNW


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