When typing up an essay on a word processor or conducting Internet research, working on a computer can be a distracting task—but Focusmate aims to provide a "distraction-free productivity" solution through "virtual co-working."
Focusmate is a free-to-use service and pairs people with a virtual partner, who fulfils the role of an accountability buddy. To begin, one must set and confirm a time, then get started with a 50-minute session by announcing one's goal to a partner. Throughout the focused work session, there is no conversation or collaboration to be done, as each partner will be working on their own respective projects.
The way that Focusmate works is said to leverage psychology to boost productivity between anywhere from 200 to 300 percent.