So you swapped your home office for a coworking space to boost your productivity.
We get you. There are certainly plenty of perks to staying in a coworking space even if it will cost you something. Now, how do you stay productive in this setup?
To help you, here are 5 effective ways that’ll help you maintain your productivity.
If you’ve been working at the same coworking space for quite some time, chances are you’ve already formed friendships with several of the people you’re with. While we believe relationships like these boost productivity, they can also hinder it.
If you’re starting to notice that you’re spending more and more time just socialising rather than actually working, it’s time to do something about it.
We encourage you to be mindful of how you interact with other people in the room you share with. Is that interaction helping you learn, giving you fresh ideas, and taking you a step towards your work goals?
Or, is more time spent chatting about other things that are not that relevant to why you’re even spending money to work in this type of space?
Put on headphones
You’re in a coworking space after all, so a bit of noise is to be expected. One remedy for this is to use headphones, especially the noise-cancelling kind.
Listening to music can also boost productivity. In fact, Inc lists down five types of music that can benefit people who work. These are:
- Classical music
- Nature music
- Epic music
- Video game music
- Ambient music
Give these genres a try, and see what works for you!
Practise the Pomodoro Technique
If you like to read articles on productivity, there’s a huge chance you’ve come upon the Pomodoro Technique. It’s the brainchild of Francesco Cirillo, an Italian university student (at the time he developed the Pomodoro Technique).
Practising this technique can help you to focus, fight distractions, lessen stress, and so on.
To do this, you just need a timer. Select a task and set your timer for 25 minutes. During that 25 minutes, you do nothing but focus on your task.
Once the timer goes off, take a break for 5 minutes, and then repeat. After four pomodoros (each 25 minutes is called a pomodoro), you will take longer breaks—15 to 30 minutes.
Click here if you want to know more about how the Pomodoro Technique can help you!
Maximise commute time
Nevertheless, you can use some of that time for self-improvement. You can learn a variety of things by listening to an audiobook. Or, listen to a podcast related to your business, work, etc.
Explore other coworking spaces
If your productivity is dwindling, or you’re productive but want to level up your productivity, maybe it’s time to move to other coworking spaces.
Not all coworking spaces are created equal. Some may be more beneficial for artists; others for tech startups, and so on.
Some may also offer amenities (e.g. office chairs) that are more suited to your needs.
On the other hand, perhaps it might be more advantageous for you if you switch to a space that’s nearer to your home.
In other words, try to explore and widen your options on coworking spaces!
And that’s a wrap for our list of effective ways to stay productive at a coworking space.
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