Diana Calvo Martínez spends most of her days studying microbes in a laboratory or analyzing graphs from her living room while she works on completing her PhD in environmental biotechnology.
While this seems pretty standard for today’s workforce, Calvo Martínez does all of this using Ultraworking, where she gets her work done in front of an audience. The online “work gym” brings people together on a Zoom call with everyone’s cameras on, so they can work together in 30-minute cycles.
Calvo Martínez logs into Ultraworking after putting her three-year-old daughter to bed between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. She said that the company keeps her motivated when working throughout the night.
“I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression, and a big reason was not being able to work or be productive,” said Calvo Martínez. “Ultraworking has been one of the key ingredients to making my mental health a little better.”
This form of virtual coworking has started becoming more common as people settle into working from home for the foreseeable future.
Working from home has its own perks, but its biggest downfall admis the pandemic has been loneliness and isolation. So having other workers holding you accountable has helped professionals focus better, while providing a sense of community.
“You say you’ll go to the gym, and then you don’t,” said Sebastian Marshall, CEO of Ultraworking. “But if you’ve got a gym buddy or a personal trainer, you’re not going to blow them off.”