Finding focus while working from home
Adjusting to the "new normal" of working from home during the coronavirus pandemic hasn't been easy for everyone. Fortunately, one online service can help.
todo doing well yourself. Like many of us, PhD candidate Renee Bradford has a million things on her plate, and when she sits down toe work, she needs to get stuff done. But being productive is something many of us struggle with when we're alone. There's a need to just focus in zero in on the work and make the most of your time. She found an online service called Focus Mates. I think I've had over 200 sessions. Maybe Taylor Jacobson came up with the idea for Focus mate when he started working from home a decade ago and, like, kind of find myself noon or one o'clock like really feeling ashamed that hadn't got anything done yet. Users book an appointment and get paired with someone else who wants to accomplish something. During the session, they meet on a video call and, after exchanging pleasantries, simply tell the other person what they intend to accomplish and then get toe work leaving the video call act of the whole time. And that's it. It's been really, really helpful. I've done loads of expenses. When time's up, the participants check to see how far their partners got in their tasks. You know, you'll say something like, Okay, Was that productive? Would you get done? And so, um, it's just very interesting to see. Ah ha moments. You almost feel like you're part of their journey. Users say just having another person present, even over video and holding each other accountable makes them more productive than going it alone. Feel like you're extra productive because you don't want to move? I think it's just it's okay. It's a get a little bit of extra support to get some stuff done. Working on a grant report, getting stuff done with strangers who become co workers for 50 minutes at a time. Chris Pallone, NBC News.