Frequently Asked Questions

Does it work?

Oh yeah! It works so well it's freaky. I thought I was focused, but boy was I wrong. When I co-work I get a huge boost in productivity.

Got any scientific Evidence?

Yes, take a look at these resources: here.

How do I use Focus 101?

Internet access, a camera, and a microphone are all you need. Any modern browser which can use your camera and microphone should work.

Can I use Focus 101 on my phone?

Yes, you can use it on a smartphone. Just use any modern browser. We’ll probably add a mobile app, if users request this feature.

What are the benefits of Focus 101?

With Focus 101, you will have a structured way to work and improve your productivity, find fulfillment at work and more time for yourself. Among the specific benefits you’ll receive are:

- Sharpened focus
- Minimized distractions
- Motivation on demand
- More time for deep work
- Increased confidence through a sense of agency
- More restorative rest
- Lower stress and anxiety
- More creativity But you know what? You don't have to believe us. Stay skeptical and try it out for yourself.

Can I still use Focus 101 if I don't have a camera?

You need a functional camera in order to use Focus 101.

What's it like working with a stranger?

Once the session started, most users report feeling comfortable with their partner. Remember that you're not "hanging out" with your partner; you say hello at the beginning, declare your tasks, and say goodbye at the end.

Should I keep the video on at all times?

Yes. Working with video is highly encouraged.

Is the audio required to be on all the time?

While it’s not required, we encourage you to keep your mic on during the appointment. Listening to your partner work is a great way to boost your productivity and increase your accountability. However, if you have background noises, you listen to youtube videos, music, or make a phone call, etc., please mute yourself.

How long is a coworking session?

While it’s not required, we encourage you to keep your A coworking session is 30, 45 or 60 minutes long. This allows you to take a break if you want to do multiple sessions in a row. Sessions can be scheduled in 15 minute increments (ie: on the hour, at 15, 30 and 45 passed)

Can I chat with my coworking partner?

Please don’t. You would normally speak with your partner at the beginning and end of your session. Start by saying hello to your partner and sharing what you plan to accomplish. At the end of the session, you should check in with your partner and ask how it went. When your session ends, you can suggest or offer to talk more with your partner. The sessions are not for selling, chatting etc.

What kind of work can I do on Focus 101?

As long as you stay on camera, Focus 101 can be used for most kinds of work: computer work, cleaning, cooking, art, music, writing, reading, even exercise at home! It's important to set up your camera so you can see each other with your partner while you work.

What does Focus 101 cost?

Focus 101 is free. A premium version will be available in the future, with extra features. At the moment, we're in beta testing, but if you register now you'll get free lifetime premium access. We plan to have a “pay what you think is worth” kind of model in the future.

Can I listen to music?

Yes. Make sure to mute your microphone if you plan to listen to music or watch videos. You can also listen to the white sounds playlist in the app.

Can I suggest a new feature?

We'd love to hear your ideas. Please submit a feature request here.

I'm already productive working solo. How will Focus 101 challenge me?

In Focus 101, you continue to work solo. It just adds structure and external accountability to help you push yourself harder. It's like joining a workout class rather than heading to the gym by yourself. Your productivity will soar when you join Focus 101 and meet lots of high performers like yourself.

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