Maneesh Sethi is a blogger that lives in San Francisco. He wastes a lot of time on Reddit, Facebook, and YouTube so he decided to pay someone $8 an hour to slap him every time he looks like he is wasting time. Below is what his Craigslist looked like:
I?m looking for someone who can work next to me at a defined location (my house or a mission cafe) and will make sure to watch what is happening on my screen. When I am wasting time, you?ll have to yell at me or if need be, slap me.
You can do your own work at the same time. Looking for help asap, in mission, near 16th mission BART.
Compensation: $8 / hour, and you can do your own work from your computer at the same time.
The ad received 20 responses in the first 60 minutes. Mr. Sethi hired a woman named Kara. He runs a website called Hack the System and used an app called RescueTime to calculate his productivity levels. He noticed that his productivity level went from 38% to 98%.
?If you add a social element to the work that you do, you will become more productive. Honestly, the fear of the slap wasn?t the productivity driver. That just made it fun. The real reason why Kara made me more productive is because she added a social element to writing. When I was drafting the outline, I asked for her feedback. When I couldn?t think of the right way to phrase a sentence, she was there to help,? said Mr. Sethi.