Focusmate is a tool to eliminate procrastination and get productive instantly. It allows you to block out the times you want to be productive and then, by matching you with a partner, holds you accountable to keep those times available to get work done, and show up at your desk at those times. Because every Focusmate session begins with you setting a specific goal, it also improves your ability to be intentional about the work you’re doing.
Make sure you are using Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Safari does not support video or microphone.
From your dashboard, in the Manage your sessions area, click the camera icon to open your video hangout in a new window -OR- if you are a Google Calendar user, your calendar invitation includes the link to a video hangout. Click on it and it will open in a new tab.
To join from your dashboard: click the camera icon for your session:
To join from Google Calendar: click on the appointment > Click “map”:
If you see a Redirect Notice: Right click on the link:
You can also find the same link in the details of your appointment:
Troubleshoot your mic and camera in advance to ensure they are working.
Keep your video on – we are here to provide accountability!
Work quietly. If you need to watch a video, make a phone call or listen to music, mute yourself.
Make note of every task you are doing via the chat function.
If at any time you are stepping away from the video, let your partner know via the chat function, e.g. “water break” or “bio break”.
While it is not required, we strongly recommend that you specify your tasks in detail, e.g. “draft a high level blog post outline” rather than “blog post”. Research shows this will improve your effectiveness.
Productivity scientist, reformed procrastinator and creator of Focusmate. Featured in Forbes, CNN, GQ, Huffington Post. I believe that most global problems would get solved if everyone could do their best work. My mission is to make that happen.