Maneesh Sethi, a blogger from San Francisco, realized his productivity had fallen off a cliff and decided to shake things up.
A man has gone viral for hiring a woman to slap him every time he's on Facebook. The pandemic has radically changed our work dynamic with many working out of their home or other remote locations, and often found working alone. There's no end to distractions when we're working from home and Maneesh Sethi, a blogger from San Francisco, knows that better than anyone. He watched his productivity fall off a cliff and wanted to do something about it, reported CNET. He decided to get innovative and hired a woman to give him company, watch over him and slap him every time he went on Facebook or Reddit. Video of a woman slapping Maneesh Sethi has gone viral with Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, reacting to it.
In the video, Sethi can be seen working, when a woman sitting beside him, interrupts him. "Maneesh, what are you doing?" asks Kara. Maneesh replies, "nothing" but his screen has already given him away. He knows what's coming next. He literally hired her to slap him at $8/hour. Kara gives him a cheeky smile before slapping him. Elon Musk reacted with two fire emojis, lauding the blogger's efforts to increase his productivity. For Maneesh Sethi, it worked. His productivity shot up.
🔥🔥— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 10, 2021
In his blog, Hack The System, Sethi explains that he was spending almost 6 hours a day on Reddit and Facebook and wanted to break from the habit. He monitored his productivity using an app and found that he was only 38% productive. "I figured, “This is stupid, why am I wasting this time doing nothing? When I have a boss, or someone of authority watching me, I always get my work done. How can I simulate the authority figure?” he wrote, before zeroing in on the innovative technique. "I realized I needed someone to make me work, with permission to slap me in the whenever I cheated. So I went on Craigslist, put up an advertisement, and waited to see if anyone would bite," he wrote.
I’m looking for someone who can work next to me at a defined location (my house or a mission cafe). When I am wasting time, you’ll have to yell at me or if need be, slap me.
Compensation: $8 / hour, and you can do your own work from your computer at the same time.
He was flooded with applications and he zeroed in on Kara, who joined him the very next day. He appraised her on his targets for the day and gave her the authority to keep him on track if he ever wandered, and it was inevitable that she slapped him. "Yep — a few times, she definitely had to slap me. Sethi claims the experimental method worked. "My average productivity runs around 35-40% on most days. When Kara sat next to me, my productivity skyrocketed to 98%," he wrote.
"Not only did my productivity skyrocket — the quality of the work I did skyrocketed as well. Kara forced me to complete my first guest post. She also helped me push through an application for a secret project that I applied to — an application that won, out of hundreds of applicants," he wrote. Sethi is also the founder of Pavlok, a habit-changing wristband.
And in the off chance anyone sees this, I founded a wearable device company to change habits based on this experiment. @pavlok . Wearable device that delivers an electric zap and positive sensations to reward good habits and break bad ones.— Maneesh Sethi (@maneesh) November 10, 2021
You can watch Sethi get slapped repeatedly from 4:00 in the video embedded below:
One person joked on his blog. "I've hired one to two slappers off craigslist. Who hasn't?" Sethi was asked if it was a "suppressed sexual fetish" but he insists it isn't. "Not my fetish, no matter how hard I try," he replied. However, getting slapped is certainly a thing with Sethi. He has also uploaded another video of him getting repeatedly slapped by people in Colombia. "You know, I can be slapped by women all night long. It doesn't really hurt at all," he says in the video. At a time when the work culture is constantly changing in the wake of the pandemic, workers are adapting to working remotely and Sethi's unconventional idea is not a bad one to try out.