Focusmate Gives People Free Virtual Coworking Partners

Focusmate Gives People Free Virtual Coworking Partners
Technology

The online coworking service sets users up with accountability partners for uninterrupted video sessions to increase productivity

Ivanha Paz
  • 29 march 2018

Procrastination is productivity’s number one enemy but is also very easy to fall into, especially for those who freelance or work from home. Focusmate, a virtual coworking service, offers users a way to stay on task while working on a computer, for free. By setting up users with “partners” for 50-minute video sessions, the program makes people accountable to someone other than themselves. Workers are encouraged to talk about what they plan to get done at the beginning of the session and then work silently until the end.

Reminders of scheduled sessions are sent via email and those who don’t make it or goof off during the allotted time gets reported by their partner. “Research in psychology and behavioral science shows that regular human connection reduces the likelihood that a worker will procrastinate or become distracted,” reads the website.

With plans to offer a Premium paid version of the service in the future, it looks like Focusmate is addressing a current need: Remote working is now more common than ever, but access to physical coworking spaces can be costly for those who are just starting or are trying to make a career switch, so a virtual work session focused on increasing productivity is definitely a welcome tool.

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Procrastination is productivity’s number one enemy but is also very easy to fall into, especially for those who freelance or work from home. Focusmate, a virtual coworking service, offers users a way to stay on task while working on a computer, for free. By setting up users with “partners” for 50-minute video sessions, the program makes people accountable to someone other than themselves. Workers are encouraged to talk about what they plan to get done at the beginning of the session and then work silently until the end.

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