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Body Doubling and Co-working

Apr 17, 2024 | Daily Trek, Unleash

Body Doubling and Virtual Coworking - radical Trekking - Ayelet Baron

Body doubling underscores a broader truth about human productivity and focus. The presence of others is a profound motivator. This practice does not require active participation. But simply the presence of another person, helps people. It’s particularly effective, demonstrating that support need not always be active. Sometimes, just being there is enough.

Sometimes people refer to body doubling as having an accountability partner.

In the virtual realms of Flow Club and Focusmate, this concept of presence is expanded into structured, communal working sessions. People with ADHD, for example, find these structured video calls with colleagues crucial for focus. They share goals and work quietly together, embodying the modern digital version of body doubling.

This practice is part of a broader trend in virtual co-working spaces. They not only address maintaining focus but also cater to the need for a sense of community. Members find a significant change in their work habits through Flow Club. The daily sessions provide a community of individuals who understand and share similar realities.

Focusmate takes this a step further by pairing individuals for sessions, creating a one-on-one connection that simulates a virtual co-working space. It hosted over five million sessions, with users in over 150 countries.

Taylor Jacobson, the founder, recognized the dual benefits of productivity and reduced isolation through these personal interactions. He was facing similar realities and created a platform he himself needed.

For many, especially those who are neurodivergent, the platform has been transformative, increasing emotional wellbeing.

These platforms bring to life the importance of community and shared experiences in addressing the feelings of isolation that often accompany ADHD and other neurodivergent conditions. Something shifts when there is someone cheering us on and being present with us.

By participating in virtual co-working sessions,people not only gain the motivation to get stuff done but also become part of a supportive community. Validating their experiences and also struggles in a way that fosters wellbeing.

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