Coworking has changed the business landscape dramatically over the last number of years. More business owners, entrepreneurs and freelancers are opting for shared coworking office space as it gives them access to space that is conducive to networking, sharing ideas and working with a group of positive, like-minded people who want to succeed. However, being around other motivated individuals in an energetic, vibrant space can come with its own distractions and it’s important that you overcome these to stay on track with your business plans.
With people moving around the space, collaborating and sharing ideas, it can sometimes be distracting when you’re trying to get your work done. With that said, the positives of being in a positive, creative environment far outweigh any perceived negatives. Compared with a traditional office space or working from cafes or home, a coworking space is seen by professionals as the best choice. In fact, 74% of coworkers are more productive than what they would be in a traditional office setup. To succeed in these spaces, you just need to be smart in how you use the space and make it work for you.
Let’s take a look at a few simple ways you can ensure that you remain hyper-efficient in a shared office space.
Make Sure You Are Accountable
When you are working for yourself or by yourself, it can be easy to find distractions to take you away from your work. Whether it’s a YouTube binge or a long chat with someone else in the coworking space, you can lose a lot of time to these distractions, which will ultimately have a negative impact on your business. You need to take charge and envoke some rules on yourself to help maintain your self-discipline. At the beginning of the day, write down a prioritised list of tasks you need to complete that day, starting with the most difficult task. Start working through your list, ticking each one off as you go and don’t let anyone distract you until the list is complete.
Focus On What’s Important
Checking your Facebook account to see how many likes yesterday’s post got is not going to benefit your business in the long-term. Save these tasks for the walk home or check them during your break times. When you sit down to your desk in the coworking space, you need to focus on the important tasks that are at the core of your business. By completing these tasks and working on what is important, you will see results quicker. For example, if you are a web designer, finish designing the website you are working on, rather than getting side-tracked with reading up on the latest web design trends. While the latter might help your business in the long term, the former will help you accomplish something today.
Take Regular Breaks
It might sound counter-productive to take breaks when you are trying to be as productive as possible but it’s important to work them into your schedule. In a social study, it was found that working intensely for 52 minutes and then taking a 17-minute break was the optimal ratio between work and rest. However, it’s important to remember that we are all different and you need to find out what works best for you. A quick walk around the block and cup of coffee might help you to unwind and stretch your legs to prepare you for the next round of work. On the other hand, you might just need a 5-minute breather to reset your brain. Find what works best for you and include those breaks in your schedule.
Be Hyper-productive And Move Forward
Coworking spaces offer a productive, positive, energized space for you to get your work done. However, it’s important for you to remain focused on the tasks at hand to ensure that you remain as productive as possible. With the right approach, you can increase your productivity and more your business forward with confidence.