Guest post by Cassandra "Caz" Gaddis | Video + Personal Brand Mktg.
Chances are that if you are reading this, you are either considering exploring the benefits of a coworking space for your business, freelance, or remote work needs, or you already are a coworking member and want to learn how to make the most of it.
There has been a significant shift in how work is being completed; world-wide there are more people working from open offices and coworking spaces. And while there are tons of benefits to this, there are a few challenges that you may experience in such a transition. Below is a list of some ways to boost your productivity needs.
Continue reading for my top 17 ways to maximize your coworking space in 2017!
1. Create your who’s who in the space.
There are so many types of startups, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote workers across many industries all under the same coworking roof. Take time to see who’s there and how you can create a connection with them to refer business to one another, form junior ventures together, or just be a sounding board for each other. Our TreeHouse members can be seen on our members area and communicate together through a chat forum.
2. Check out the monthly events in the calendar.
I totally understand having your head down in the flow of your laptop projects, however these events are put on for your benefit. Not all of them may relate directly to what you need or what you do, however many will. What you might learn or who you might connect to is valuable! Not to mention the free snacks are a plus!
3. Two heads are better than one. What if there were over a dozen?
Did you know that the TreeHouse has dozens of mentors from various walks of business and life experiences? TreeHouse mentors specialize in things like finance & accounting, legal, product development, communications/PR, social media/marketing, sales, funding, and business planning.
The TreeHouse recently added a new mentorship pass for the local community to be able to take advantage of the laser-focused knowledge and experience that can be learned from our mentors. To find out more about the TreeHouse membership levels you can email Shelley@addisontreehouse.com.
4. Take time to chill by the watering hole.
Some great, spontaneous, and even serendipitous, conversations and connections happen in our community kitchen. Take a break and head over there during your week for a moment to disconnect, eat your lunch, there or refill your coffee mug.
5. You ever wish you knew where “all that time” went?
To help you become aware of your “time well spent” check out RescueTime https://www.rescuetime.com/ It will help you see where you are spending your time online so you can do more or less of those things as you see fit.
6. What if you could laser-focus and have breaks along the way?
Use an app like the Pomodoro. Learn more about the Pomodoro technique here : http://lifehacker.com/productivity-101-a-primer-to-the-pomodoro-technique-1598992730
7. It’s always good to see what and who’s around.
In this case, what other benefits and connections your coworking space has with the greater area. The TreeHouse has some great things for us in this regard. First, the TreeHouse is part of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (the DEC) Affiliate Network which gives you access to networks and events all across North Texas. The TreeHouse is a partner of the Town of Addison’s Economic Development & Tourism Department. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is also located at the TreeHouse. Both are here to serve us members with great insight, resources and structures. You can schedule an appointment with SBDC’s Steve Sweeney here.
8. Additional opportunities to connect.
The DFW startup community also has it’s own events and more for people like us. Some of them are member-only opportunities, others have a small cost or are open to the community. You can check out the line-up and see what to add to your calendar. Startup Week is fast approaching- check out what this week-long program is all about and how it can help you build your business.
9. Give your office manager feedback.
It’s hard to make office culture better if you don’t know what people like and don’t like. You can contact Shelley (who is an awesome listener and a go-getter action-taker) via Shelley@addisontreehouse.com.
10. Develop themes for each day.
Sometimes we have so much going on that dedicating a theme for certain days or part of your day will make all the difference. A few examples of themes you can dedicate to different days of the week are: bookkeeping, marketing, sales, processes, ideation and content creation.
11. It’s time to power up.
Always have your chargers with you or have a spare that you keep at your desk. Personally, I adore having a 3-in-1 USB charging cable with me for my various device charging needs.
12. Music makes the world go round, and your work get done.
Carry earbuds with you for music and maybe calls you might need to take throughout the day. Also, Spotify and Pandora have some great stations for you to get in the productive rhythm.
13. The power of focus.
This was an interesting article by Muse on how you can incorporate a “focus card” into your coworking space so that colleagues know when you are available to connect or when you have your focus on.
14. Community food and fun.
Mark your food when you store it in the community fridge for safekeeping. If an event or meeting wrapped up, there might be snacks, meals, and drinks available to coworking members. Look out for those. At the TreeHouse, these are usually displayed on our long community kitchen table.
15. Caffeine. It’s all-inclusive.
Some coworking spaces offer free beverages or snacks. The TreeHouse offers bottomless coffee and filtered water. They also host beer tap gatherings from time-to-time to celebrate a special occasion or just to celebrate their members. Take note of what’s offered so you can stay energized throughout your work day.
16. Sharing is caring!
Share your business wins and perspectives across your social platforms and remember to “check-in” to your coworking space. It helps share coworking opportunities with others in your social networks, and makes you look super legit with your office space!
A few ways to pay-it-forward with social currency is to like the TreeHouse on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin. You can also tag them in as a location on your next Facebook or Instagram post for your business.
17. “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar
I think this is a great quote as we conclude the 17 ways to maximize your coworking space. Amidst your business hustle and grind, take time to connect in the collaborative space that is your coworking space. Sometimes we need a break and other times we need someone else’s perspective on a project or challenge we are working on. There are dozens of people around us daily that you can help and vise versa. Start with those in your coworking space and know that it will come back to you in the best of ways.
The TreeHouse also has a few good reasons to cowork from this location. If you aren’t yet a member, check out the Addison TreeHouse membership levels and book a tour. I look forward to meeting you here!
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