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Focusmate

Distraction-free productivity via virtual coworking

5.0/5
About

Focusmate virtual coworking provides accountability exactly when and how you need it to get things done—live, "in person" from another human being.

Users to work side-by-side, remotely over video, in structured 50 minute sessions.

Let a Focusmate hold your feet to the fire, just like your coworkers might in a real office.

Would you recommend this product?

Similar to working out with a trainer, the hardest part is showing up – once you're there, you don't waste time and you always work harder than you would have if you were on your own.

Pros:

Forget every other accountability habit / hack / app, this one straight up works.

Cons:

I'd love to be able to do Pomodoro sprints within Focusmate and set daily / weekly goals for myself.

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Clean Energy Investor

I was one of the earliest users of Focusmate and have been passionately sharing it with friends and colleagues since. It helps you get immediately into the zone of productivity via the incredibly simple solution of having a partner, live and present, working alongside you. Try it once. If you don’t like it, fine. If it helps you, even better. Why not try something that potentially offers (free) massively improved productivity? Kudos to Taylor and team for building this.

Pros:

Works like magic. Bizarrely effective if you use it.

Cons:

You have to use it for it to work.

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Thank you @bakerjake !
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Founder, WorldCover

Focusmate is the way that the next generation of teams will get stuff done, especially when they're remote!

Pros:

Easy and fun to use

Cons:

Growing network

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high praise, thank you @evolsb
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Self employed

One of my favorite productivity tools of the last few years!

Pros:

Easy and super effective way of committing to get stuff done for remote work, side projects, and anything else that could use a nudge.

Cons:

Have to adjust to get in the habit of incorporating it as part of your project planning.

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@erikleejohnson thanks for the love ❤️
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VP of Product at Daily Harvest

I use focus mate to tackle personal project that I just never seem to make progress on. The Focusmate team nails the psychology behind accountability and productivity.

Pros:

Best way to get forced accountability

Cons:

I’ve only integrated it into my life for my personal projects, haven’t been able to adopt it in the m work setting yet (but I should try).

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Honored 🙇
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Focusmate is awesome! Some weeks I spend most of my working time using the service. I see three main benefits of using Focusmate:

1) Picking the most important tasks

Using the Focusmate forces you to pick the 1 to 3 most important things you can complete in 50 minutes.

2) On-demand Accountability

Just having another person there holds you accountable in a way that doesn't happen when you work by yourself

3) Timeboxing

Blocks out intervals of 50 minutes to focus. You know you need to power through the time with as much focus as possible.

Pros:

- Helps you focus on most important tasks

- On-demand Accountability

- Timeboxing

Cons:

- Sometimes you can forget to use the service, but Focusmte sends out email reminders if you're inactive for an extended period.

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thanks for sharing all of this @jamie_shiller . Honored to have your support!
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Focusmate is awesome, weird (at first), and it totally works.

Once you get that first session under your belt things just click and you really feel the power of social accountability in action. Sharing my tasks with my partner compels me to stick to my plan and it is pleasantly surprising how well that small act works for me. That light social pressure really helps avoid the unlimited distractions my brain can sometimes try to throw my way.

My wife is also a user and logged over 100 sessions studying for and passing her nurse practitioner boards. Focusmate was the reason she was able to show up and study well ahead of time when she didn't really HAVE to do it yet.

Anti-procrastination at its finest.

Pros:

Truly effective way to combat distraction and stay on task

Intuitive calendar interface for booking sessions

Best use of my webcam yet

Cons:

No option for spur of the moment sessions

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CEO and Co-founder Daily Haloha

I work mainly solo and from my home office, and can easily stray from my goals when tasks are tedious or challenging (which is many of them!). I can see using Focusmate as a way to make sure I don't avoid the unpleasant stuff!

Pros:

I can see this helping me get over the hurdles.

Cons:

I plan to try this soon!

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GP at CapitalX.vc, seeded 10 unicorns
@amy_giddon1 Have you tried it yet after one year, Amy? Haha I got your joke with your punchline :D

Shockingly effective for how simple it is. Knowing that a real human is waiting for you to show up, work, and help them avoid procrastination is the most powerful incentive to get work done from home I've encountered (outside of last minute deadlines). Using focusmate I feel like I'm making real, measurable progress where before I might goof off or do nothing with my time, leading to shame and depression.

Pros:

Most effective productivity service I've ever used.

Cons:

Jitsi video framework is decent but has similar issues to many video conference providers.

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Digital Marketer

some people don't show up

Pros:

Live buddy that'll help you get your stuff done 50 minute sessions free

Cons:

Early stages, can use more features

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It allows you to work with someone even when you work alone
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I'm a sound healer, musician, & writer
I love focusmate. It has helped keep me motivated and get tasks done I would otherwise avoid. Also great to help with time keeping and time management. What I love most about it is that I am connecting with real people and there is a great sense of support and community. Just try it and see for yourself!
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Easy to use. Has changed my life. Every one is very professional.
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GP at CapitalX.vc, seeded 10 unicorns
Loving the transparency and informative Q&A by founder @taylor_jacobson!
Focusmate is one of the best tools I have ever used. It has been a few days since I have started actively using it and have never been so productive. IT WORKS! ❤️ I am someone who hardly reviews or comments about things online, but this is one of those products that makes you come and write a comment just to express how much you enjoy it.
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