Suppose someone has developed a technique that will cause someone to become incredibly focused on specific tasks. Let's call this process "Focusing" someone (for no particular reason. ;) Once you're Focused you will obsess about your job to the exclusion of all else, it becomes the only thing of any interest to you. You don't care about friends or family or entertainment or anything else anymore. Needless to say while in this state you become highly productive. Also needless to say, most companies would love to have most of their employees Focused. (You do need some unFocused people for management, to direct the Focused people to Focus on the _right_ task, so it's not like you could have an entire company of Focused people.)
Let's further suppose that at least some companies are willing to hire people to be focused full time on a contract basis. They get a great salary, and the company provides room and board as well. After all, if you're Focused you don't care if you sleep in a barracks and eat cafeteria food every day, you're just interested in getting back to work. Also suppose that there are sufficient legal safeguards in place that you don't need to worry about abuse or perpetual slavery.
And finally let's assume the process is easily reversible, but let's not for the moment make any assumptions one way or the other about how quickly it can be turned on and off. (In part the poll is to see how quickly you'd have to be able to toggle it in order to make a "reasonable" number of people interested in the idea.)
Under what circumstances would you consider using that treatment?
How long would you be willing to use it (per session)
Would you be willing to enter into such a contract for at least a year or more if it would reasonably guarantee that, given proper investment, you'd be pretty much set for life after the contract expired?
How long a contract would you be willing to consider?
When would you want to enter into such a contract, obviously presuming you had the chance to do your life over
Edit: If you guys _really_ want to delve into the technical details of how the process works or doesn't work, go read Vernor Vinge's "A Deepness in the Sky," because i suspect that trying to explain it all in comments is doomed to failure (though i may try that anyways =)