Man Hires Woman on Craigslist to Slap Him in the Face for Wasting Time on Facebook (VIDEO)

Have you ever wondered how much more you could accomplish in a day if you weren't constantly distracted with things like Twitter, Facebook, and photos of adorable animals being anthropomorphized in various demeaning ways? I mean, just think how many more Stir articles you could be reading! Probably at least, like, five.

That's exactly what Maneesh Sethi of Hack the System decided to research recently in an experiment on precommitment. Precommitment, as he describes it, is an irrevocable promise to complete an action, and figure out a way to bind yourself to that decision.

How do you avoid tempting sidetracks like chatting, texting, checking in with friends via social media, and surfing the web in order to remain fully committed to a task? Well, if you're Maneesh, you hire a woman to help you stay on track. By SLAPPING you whenever you get distracted.

The results? Shockingly effective. And the video of his discipline in action? PRICELESS.


In order to carry out the experiment, Maneesh decided to find his slapper via Craigslist:

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.

Personally, I'd have been a little worried about who might volunteer for such a job (would they be wearing assless leather chaps?), but it seems like Maneesh found a respectable young lady who was willing to administer his requested punishment as needed.

As you can see, Maneesh didn't always stay completely focused, and he paid the price:

The productivity payoff was fairly astounding. While Maneesh's average productivity ran at around 35-40 percent most days, during the time Kara sat next to him with her slappin' hand at the ready, his productivity shot to 98 percent.

He says the quality of his work improved drastically as well, not necessarily because of the potential whack to the face, but because of what he calls the social element. Kara didn't just punish him, she was there to keep him focused, act as a sounding board, and help motivate him to complete his work.

As entertaining as Maneesh's experiment was, I'm not hugely surprised at the results. Anyone who works in an isolated environment can attest to how difficult it is to stay on task, and ... hang on, just gotta check my email for a sec ... haaaa, German guy frozen pond jump FAIL ... what was I saying? Oh yeah: accountability and social interactions = good.

I'm not sure hiring a slapper is a good long term solution, but working on finding an "accountabilibuddy" might not be a bad thing.

What do you think of Maneesh's results? Do you use any tricks to help you stay focused when you're trying to get your work done?

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