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7 Tips for Working Effectively in a Co-working Space

If you haven’t heard of the co-working space phenomenon that’s revolutionising modern-day business, you must be living under a rock. Working in a shared office has a multitude of benefits, and it’s one of the most efficient environments conducive to a high-achieving workplace. However, working in such a vibrant, buzzing environment can have its downsides. To avoid slipping into a static state of complacency and unproductivity, here’s how to work effectively in a co-working space.

Look for the right space

Not all co-working spaces are the same. It’s important that you take a look around at different offices and join one that best suits your personal style and business goals. There are a number of things you should definitely look for in a shared office space, but ultimately it’s about finding the right fit for you. You’ll have more opportunities for collaboration if you surround yourself with people in relevant industries to your own.

Be approachable

The effectiveness of a co-working space relies heavily on how engaged the workers are with each other. Turning up to work, plugging in your headphones and remaining at your desk for the entire day prevents networking opportunities. It’s the ‘distractions’ that lead to new business leads and collaborations. So to reap the benefits of a shared office, you need to be approachable and presentable.

Create a co-working pack

The phrase ‘time is money’ could not be truer, especially for a business owner. For this reason, assembling a backpack or tote bag specifically for your co-working space is ideal. To reduce unnecessary trips around the office and surrounding buildings, pack your lunch, snacks, water bottle, chargers, batteries, access swipe cards, loose change for vending machines, or any other items you may need. Being highly organised means you don’t unnecessarily burn precious minutes, and can focus on your work instead.

Keep yourself accountable

One of the most important parts of working in a shared office is learning to hold yourself accountable. Accountability is the fundamental aspect of productivity, and without it, you can’t expect the achieve much, if anything, at all. To improve your self-discipline, break your tasks down into smaller goals, then tick them off as you go. If you struggle with procrastination, check out our tips for increasing productivity.

Take regular breaks

Despite how we may feel sometimes, we’re humans, not robots. According to research, our brains cease to operate at optimal levels after about 52 minutes of focusing on the one thing. Experts recommend taking a 17-minute break after this time to ‘reset’ your ability to think and work most productively. And the benefit of a co-working space is that there’s plenty of ways to take a time out and chill.

Keep your space tidy

Not only is clutter extremely demotivating, it’s also an added distraction and just plain unprofessional (not to mention unsightly). It should go without saying, but working in a co-working space means being respectful to others using the area as well. Nobody wants to see mess and clutter, so keep your office neat and tidy, and any public space you use, be sure to clean up after yourself. Organisation is key to working effectively.

Plan ahead

There’s a saying that goes ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail’, and shared offices are no exception. While it’s important to have flexibility in your routine, you should at least still have a planned routine. A little bit of daily structure can mean the difference between achieving your weekly goals, or not. Make sure you’re using the high-energy and socialisation of a co-working space to your advantage, not as a distraction. So write down everything you plan to achieve the day and/or week, and stay on track with your goals.

Running your own business is a very liberating and rewarding experience. But you do need to ensure that you maximise your time spent at the office, so you spend less time bringing the work home and more time enjoying days off. A co-working space is a highly effective means of achieving business success, just as long as you’re wiling to actually put in the work.

 

 

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