Are you distracted often while at work by social networks and viral videos on YouTube? Improve your concentration the way San Francisco-based blogger Maneesh Sethi did: By hiring a woman to smack him anytime he visited Facebook, YouTube, or Reddit.

Sethi's Craiglist ad sought out a "personal slapper," and received 20 responses in an hour: 


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.

You can do your own work at the same time. Looking for help asap, in mission, near 16th mission BART.

Compensation: $8 / hour, and you can do your own work from your computer at the same time.

Sethi ended up hiring a lady named Kara to assist with his productivity issues. He tracked his productivity with the app, ResuceTime, and found that after hiring Kara, his average productivity went from 38% to 98%. The blogger only had good things to say about his new productivity method: 

“If you add a social element to the work that you do, you will become more productive. Honestly, the fear of the slap wasn’t the productivity driver. That just made it fun. The real reason why Kara made me more productive is because she added a social element to writing. When I was drafting the outline, I asked for her feedback. When I couldn’t think of the right way to phrase a sentence, she was there to help.”

Would you endure a little abuse to increase your productivity?

[via Mashable]