For a business owner or a freelancer, productivity is one of the most important aspects of work that can lead to success in the workplace. If you’re like many business owners, you have an ever-growing list of tasks you’d like to accomplish and distractions in a coworking space can derail you from checking off your to-do list.
To ensure that you’re getting all the benefits of a coworking space and remaining productive, here are four productivity and time management tips to help you succeed in a coworking space.
Stick to a Schedule
Finding the right schedule for your optimal working style can be a key to your success. Experiment with working at different hours in different spaces to find the best schedule for your working style and stick to it. Finding the right schedule can help you work when you’re in the right frame of mind and there are fewer distractions. A schedule can also send a subtle signal to your fellow coworking members as to what hours are considered your ‘working hours’ which can help cut down on socializing until the time is right.
Have a Routine
Coworking spaces can be full of distractions – other people to talk to, game rooms, schedule networking events, happy hour – that can provide an easy excuse to avoid work. To make sure that you aren’t skimping on work but still getting the most from your experience, make sure you have a routine. This could be hours you set aside in the day for working, or hours set aside for networking. Whatever your routine, it will help you manage your time and work when you’re most productive.
Setting priorities is one of the most important time management skills you can master. It is also one that will help you navigate both your work schedule and the programmed activities offered at your coworking space. Organize your work priorities by importance and once you’ve completed the must-do things on your list, allow yourself some time to indulge in community activities. This way, you won’t feel guilty about partaking in happy hour if you still have things on your to-do list.
Assess Your Time
Think about Parkinson’s Law, a theory that states “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” If you give yourself an hour for a meeting, the meeting will take an hour. While some things take a fixed amount of time, many things can be adjusted. Assess your timed tasks and determine where you can be more efficient by simply giving yourself less time to do those tasks.
To ensure that you’re getting the most out of your coworking space and still being productive, reassess your work habits and goals and follow these tips to ensure you’re on track for business success.
CEO Centers FLEX is a modern, collaborative workspace in Duluth, Georgia curated around a community of entrepreneurs and creative early-stage companies. We offer a variety of coworking spaces – from hot desks to private, executive offices – all at an affordable price.
If you are looking for a coworking space, contact CEO Centers FLEX. We offer several membership levels that all include high-speed internet, access to the kitchen and lounge with a free coffee and tea bar, use of our business center and concierge services. Contact us today to learn more about the FLEX community.