An antiprocrastination hyperproductivity app:
[Focusmate is] very simple. It pairs you with a random person via webcam and you work together for 50 minutes at a time. […] I click start and it brings up a typical webcam, video-chat-kind-of window, and the other person’s there sitting at a desk and I’ll say “Hi, what are you working on?” They’ll say, “Oh I’m grading something because I’m a teacher.” And I’ll say, “Okay great. I’m doing some editing because I’m a book collaborator,” and that’s it. […] Nobody really watches each other. […] But something about that psychological awareness that someone else is also working at the same time keeps me pinned to my work and in a state of flow like nothing else I’ve ever done.