Public meeting / talk / Focus and goals / Personal observations about Focusmate and aspects helping with productivity


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  • Participants: Marcio S Galli

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  • Tags: OKR, Goals, Communication, Feedback, Planning, Reviews, Peer Alignment, 1:1, Objectives and key results, Willpower, focus, productivity.
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Explaining Focusmate to a professor that works with goal theories

This startup idea made me think of you, your work. I think you will love it, in case you don't know them yet:

Here is my summary of what they do, described with a few statements in my view:

They use a videoconferencing method to help a user, that is alone and working in front of a computer, to produce more and avoid procrastination, to focus and commit to their own goals.

How it works: Two collaborators that don't know each other, at distant locations, will meet through this platform. They will schedule a videoconferencing session to create a mutual commitment zone.

Each individual will work on their goals. As the session begins, they will share their plan to the 50 min session — usually takes 1-2 min. Then they commit to share what happened after 48 minutes have passed.

I am using their solution for 3 months already, and I wanted to let you know since I have started. By now, however, I have a better understanding of the aspects that seems to be helping me:

The act of sharing goals — as we verbally share our goals for the session, we seem to enter a zone that we make ourselves more accountable.

The sessions are small - the 50 min session works great because it's like we have 10 minutes to reflect, to share, to prepare to the next.

Mutual support oriented to the performance — the two participants engage in sharing and limited conversation about key deliverables, not in judging. There is also an element of compassion.

You are not alone — not being alone, and being next to another person that also needs to work, seems to help to create a distraction-free environment. In other words, it's a connection element that brings us back to the topic.

You are on record — with the camera there, and a real person on the other side, we put ourselves into a mindset of being organized, centered.

The commitment and the meeting — once you schedule a session with the other person, they will also commit to you. This mutually scheduled meeting creates a good reason for you to explain to others (and to yourself) that you have to work.

Apologies if these points are not making correlations with theories. By the way, I wrote this e-mail in a Focusmate(.com) session.

As far as I know, they are a company startup from New York.



Marcio é um empreendedor com interesse em inovação, empreendedorismo, cultura e gestão. Formado em ciências da computação, Marcio fez seu estágio de graduação no Vale do Silício em uma das empresas que marcaram a história da Internet (Netscape Communications). Posteriormente mudou-se para o Vale do Silício trabalhando para Netscape / America Online, Yahoo! e posteriormente ao voltar ao Brasil, para a Mozilla Corporation (criadores do navegador Firefox). Antes de se tornar empreendedor e consultor, Marcio pôde colaborar com vários departamentos como marketing, inovação, engenharia e em times de documentação e evangelismo. Se tornou autor de patentes internacionais e gosta de estudar e escrever para os futuros empreendedores e gestores. Marcio é apaixonado por comunicação, negócios, tecnologia e cultura. Alguns dos seus livros preferidos são High Output Management, Conscious Business, The Hard Things about Hard Things, Maslow on Management, The Startup of You, The Alliance, Zero to One, dentre outros.

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