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Computer programmer pays to get slapped for looking at Facebook

Maneesh Sethi gets a physical reminder to finish his work

We've all suffered from periods of serious non-productivity, whether it is at work trying to drum up the enthusiasm to complete a dull project, or at home surrounded by paperwork that needs doing. But one computer programmer has taken a novel move to tackle his procrastination: hiring someone to slap him every time he looks at Facebook.

Maneesh Sethi now pays a woman named Kara eight dollars an hour to make sure he stays on track, having worked out he wastes a full two days a week chatting on social networking sites and not getting on with his work.

He calculated that around 19 hours of his week are taken up by socialising with online friends and reading non-work sites, so decided to take drastic measures by advertising for someone to supervise his work.

"I received 20 emails in less than an hour from people who loved the idea. I read through them, found one that stood out, and hired her to meet me at a cafe the day after," he explained.

"I gave her a list of action items that I needed to accomplish, and made her promise to force me to stay on task."

Now, he claims, the threat of a physical reminder to make him get on with his tasks is enough to keep him on track.

"The Slap Challenge added a playful, silly element to working," Mr Sethi added.

"It gave me a non-conventional reminder of what I was supposed to be doing - and it ended up being something I didn't want to happen again."

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