Coworking spaces have an extraordinary power that helps increase productivity. Research suggests that people working in a coworking space are one point higher in productivity on a 7-point scale compared to those stuck in a regular office environment.
But even if research says that coworking spaces help boost productivity, productivity can dwindle on bad days. If this happens to you often, then don’t sweat it—we’re only human after all. In this article, we’ve listed some of our best hacks to increase productivity while working in a coworking space.
1. Practice accountability
A coworking space environment is different from a traditional office, with the number one difference being the noise level. In coworking spaces, it’s common to hear all sorts of discussions among the other members in the space.
Don’t let all that noise distract you and cause you to let your mind wander. Always be mindful of where your attention is going and make that extra effort to stay focused. It helps to be accountable for how you spend your time, so if you catch yourself getting distracted because of someone else’s discussion—don’t blame the other person. Hold yourself responsible for your own distraction.
2. Make your work more meaningful
While it’s always a dreaded chore to perform dull, repetitive tasks, once you realize the intent behind the work, you’ll be surprised to find yourself completing the work in record time. Your productivity skyrockets when you know exactly why you’re performing the tasks that you’re doing. Knowing the “why” behind your work makes the process of completing it much less boring or stressful. Once you envision the meaning behind your work, it’ll be easier to motivate yourself to work harder and achieve your desired results.
At CoCoTiv we strive to give our members a space where they can set their intentions and produce their best work.
3. Boost productivity by taking regular breaks
Your brain—just like every other organ in your body—has its limits. According to one scientific study, the optimal threshold for challenging and constructive brain activity is fifty-two minutes. After that period, you need seventeen minutes to refresh your brain before you do another deep focus work session.
Pro tip: Utilize some tried-and-tested productivity hacks that’ll help optimize your brain function. Some people swear by 15-minute power naps. Others prefer doing full body stretches, taking a walk outside, or having short, lighthearted conversations with coworkers to keep stress levels below the danger zone. Our coworking space at CoCoTiv is spatially designed to help our members reduce stress.
4. Manage your time wisely
Since coworking spaces are shared spaces bustling with high energy, it’s all too easy to find yourself caught up in the excitement, causing you to waste time and sacrifice productivity. A worker with poor time management skills welcomes distractions with open arms.
While your interaction with other people in coworking spaces should yield beneficial results in terms of network building, unnecessary chit chat outside of your break time not only wastes your valuable time, but it could be wasting other people’s time as well.
To increase your productivity at a coworking space, it’s best to create and follow a schedule for accomplishing daily tasks. This will give you an idea of what you have to complete in terms of day-to-day tasks. Of course, you don’t need to beat yourself up if you can’t follow your plan down to the letter. Remember, the plan only serves as a guideline to help you produce the output you should be completing.
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