You developed your graphic design skills at home, you have a great client list, but you’ve faced reality and realized that there are just too many potential distractions at home.
Whether you work out of a Eugene, Oregon apartment in the ABODO Apartments or a New York City micro-apartment, you’ve decided it’s time to get out of the house during work hours.
The TV, your pet, deliveries, neighbors, friends and just have the tendency to stare out of the window for a while have convinced you that you need to do your work at work, and not at home. Since you don’t have an office, a co-working space sounds like a great alternative.
Now you want to know exactly what to look for in a coworking space, and you are a bit concerned about how to make sure this move will result in greater productivity for you.
1. Check It Out
First, don’t only rely on online reviews or tips from your friends. Sure, that’s a good place to start, but you need to see a potential ABODO Apartments in operation at its busiest times.
So, don’t go visit the space on a Sunday morning or a Friday night as you need to check out the vibe when the place is busy and full.
- Is there enough space for you to spread out?
- Is the IT sufficient?
- Is the area noisy and distracting?
- Is there a place to make private phone calls?
- Are the other tenants considerate of those around them?
- Does space offer the amenities you need?
- Are you going to be able to handle a weekly Friday happy hour and still get stuff done?
- Are there nice people at the front desk?
If you have decided that you have found the best coworking space for you then you have to discipline yourself to make the arrangement work.
2. Be Consistent
No, you don’t have to get to work exactly at 9:00 a.m. every day, but consistency will help you be more productive. If you show up at 1:00 p.m. each day and watch lots of co-tenants leave around 5:00 p.m. you may be very tempted to go with them.
Set daily goals for yourself and meet them.
3. Avoid Too Much Socializing
You have work to do and so does everyone else, so try not to bother anyone and maybe they will leave you alone also. There are times for interaction and there are times for concentration so make sure you know the difference.
4. Smelly Food
You’ve been addicted to brussels sprouts—yes, that’s how to spell it—for more than a year, but if you bring them to work and put them in the microwave, you may make a lot of quick enemies. Same goes for that two-day-old tuna melt that you want to bring back to life. Be sensible about the foods you eat in public, and the impact that their aromas may have on others.
Finally, if you have made a mistake and your coworking arrangement is just not successful, don’t be afraid to find a new location, or even go back to working at home. Just because everyone is doing it doesn’t mean it has to work for you.