How #Foursquare Motivates Me to Get to Work Earlier...and Earlier

Posted on September 23, 2010 / Thoughts

I don't have a real work schedule and worse I don't have a boss man to tell me that I'm late. I can stroll into the office at anytime without any consequences, which makes it increasingly difficult to regiment myself.  

Every morning I wake up, drive one whole block to Starbucks and enjoy my first sip of coffee as I'm defending my mayorship on Foursquare. I check in, get my coffee, check on my friends and head to the office. I usually check into the office around 7:45 - 8:15 AM. It hasn't always been like that, in fact, it's watching my friends on Foursquare that compelled me to start my day earlier, and consequently, be more productive.

For those who don't know, Foursquare is the check in app that allows you to share your location with friends and even had tips and to-do's to locations. It's really a great app and actually brings me closer to people. 

I don't have a real schedule since I'm always working. I can walk in the office any time I want without the boss man saying a word to me, primarily because I am the boss man. And when people are in this situation it becomes increasingly difficult to regiment your schedule. I've 

While sitting at starbucks I find myself semi-stalking my Foursquare friends and what're they're up to (that's what the app is for, right?). 

While I sit and sip on my coffee I see my friends checking into work and I feel this overwhelming sensation that I'm slacking. Consequently, over the past few months I've discovered that Foursquare has ignited a competitive urge to wake up and get to work earlier than everyone else.

For those who don't know, Foursquare is the check in app that allows you to share your location with friends and even had tips and to-do's to locations. It's really a great app and actually brings me closer to people. 

I used to get to work around 8:45 - 9 AM and start my day off strong. But over the past year, as my Foursquare friends have grown I've realized that people my age (sometimes younger) are checking into work around 8:20 - 8:30 and it pisses me off. Well it's not that I get angry, I just get this feeling that I should be at work even earlier than them.

As I sip on my coffee and check out my friends on Foursquare I've become increasingly competitive about Starbucks and Office checkins. 

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