Mark Manuel

Mark Manuel

Mark Manuel can be heard in the Quad Cities on 101-3 KISS-FM and BIG 106.5, as well as in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids on 100.7 The Fox. Thanks for...Full Bio


Looking For A New Career? How About "Human Alarm Clock?"

Xiao Zhu, a young “online supervisor” from Xinyang, China, specializes in helping people combat procrastination by texting and calling them to make sure they fulfill their daily tasks.

Whether it be fulfilling work-related tasks, sticking to a weight-loss routine, or studying for a fast-approaching exam, we always find excuses to put them off and do something more fun instead. That’s where online supervisors like Xiao Zhu come in. They spend most of their day keeping track of their customers’ schedule, constantly reminding them that they have things to do.

Xiao Zhu estimates that he has worked with over 20,000 clients over the past six years, helping them battle the monster that is procrastination. He spends about 15 hours of his day texting and calling clients, reminding them about the things they have planned for the day, encouraging them to get them done.

“It’s time to go for a run,” Zhu may text a client. “The morning task has not been completed, get to it,” he may tell another.

While he can’t brag about a 100% success ratio, Xiao Zhu has thousands of positive ratings on his online profile, as well as many testimonials from satisfied clients. Although Zhu hasn’t revealed any details about the financial side of his job, one would assume that it pays well enough, since he has been doing it for six years now.

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