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Man Hires Someone To Slap Him For Procrastinating

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Maneesh Sethi works in the digital world, and often it's just him, alone in front of a computer — a working day primed for procrastination. For the past year, he has been using a novel solution: He hires someone to slap him in the face each time he checks Facebook or deviates from actually working.


And today's last word in business is...



Plenty of people procrastinate at work, especially when you can so easily drift off course, on the Internet. But Maneesh Sethi came up with a solution. He runs a website called Hack the System; and often works alone, in front of his computer. He tended to drift from his work, checking Facebook or looking at blogs. So he did this...

MANEESH SETHI: And so I used my slapper, in this case, just basically to keep me on track. I gave her a list of what I should do and anytime I started to diverge, she would just prevent me from doing so.

INSKEEP: "I used my slapper," he says. Mr. Sethi hired a person to sit with him while he works, and slap him when he starts to drift. Now, you may think this is a joke or he's doing it for kicks, but it's not.

SETHI: I think it's funny, and fun; and I don't think it hurts. It's all about like, experimenting in different ways to monitor and improve your productivity - because you have to create a system, or an environment around you, that supports you in your like, productive efforts.

INSKEEP: Now, Mr. Sethi's first slapper was a woman he found on Craigslist. Later, he employed a 6-foot-3 Swedish man who hits a little harder, we're told. Sethi does use a computer program to monitor his activity, and he says his slappers have boosted his productivity by 98 percent - which must be worth a high-five.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.


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