A San Francisco man went to extremes to keep himself on task in the office.
Maneesh Sethi wrote on his blog that he hired a "slapper" to smack him in the face whenever he logged onto Facebook while working and boasted that it increased his productivity by four times, Yahoo! reported.
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Using an app called RescueTime, which measures how much time you spend on websites, Sethi found that he spent approximately 29 hours on Reddit and Facebook chat during the week.
He posted an ad on Craigslist for a slapper, offering to pay $8 an hour.
According to The Telegraph, his ad was titled: '(Domestic gigs) Slap me if I get off task'.
He wrote, "I'm looking for someone who can work next to me at a defined location (my house or a café) and will make sure to watch what is happening on my screen.
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"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.
"Compensation: $8 / hour, and you can do your own work from your computer at the same time."
In less than an hour, Sethi's inbox was flooded with 20 emails. He eventually settled on a woman named Kara, and the two met at a local cafe the next morning.
She did slap him occasionally, but Sethi wrote that it wasn't "the fear of the slap" that drove his productivity, but the fact that someone was there to encourage him to focus and help him brainstorm, The Huffington Post reported.
"Kara became my makeshift boss, knowing what I needed to get done, and forcing me to do it," he wrote.