“I can’t believe how much work I got through today!” This is by far and away the most common feedback that I get from people who use The Hive for the first time.
And it got me thinking about why it is that we are much more productive when other people are around.
I’m not sure about you but when I’m at home I manage to find anything to do other than sit down at my laptop for long periods and focus on the task in hand. Be it laundry, seeing what the postman has brought or online shopping, I can be very easily distracted!
However, when I’m in an environment where other people are being productive around me it’s a different story. I find it so much easier to sit down and concentrate on what I need to do for the day and get through my to-do list.
So why is this…?
Nothing motivates hard work and focus like seeing other highly motivated individuals passionately working on their own projects. While you’d be forgiven for thinking that coworking enables procrastination, in my experience it actually helps keep us accountable. Do you really want to waste your day surfing the web for new shoes or your next holiday when the people around you are beavering away, smashing through their to-do lists and growing their businesses? Didn’t think so.
As a solopreneur where else would you get the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals while you work? It’s difficult to approach strangers in coffee shops and ask them what they do but it’s totally natural to say hello to your coworking buddies and build relationships as you stop to make coffee in the shared areas. You might just form your next partnership or find the perfect collaboration. Take advantage of the fact that coworking spaces are the ideal location for forming connections at all levels.
Don’t you just hate it when you’re stuck with something and have no one to call on and ask for an opinion or advice? Whether it’s on phrasing a difficult email, wording content or something more technical – with such a diverse community you are likely to find someone that can answer your questions. Even if it’s just to have a vent about something that has annoyed you that day – nothing beats a bit of human interaction and having someone to talk to.
Which leads nicely onto the importance of human interaction and feeling part of a community. When you are at home working alone do you ever find it too quiet? Even when the quietest of our members are here working in silence with their headphones on, I find something very reassuring about someone else being present and hearing them tapping on their keyboard or getting up to make the odd coffee. As humans we thrive on community and interaction. Coworking is perfect for fulfilling those needs if you work alone.
Work Life Balance
When you spend most of your time working from home, it can be extremely difficult to step away from your desk / kitchen table / laptop on your knee. It is difficult to shut off for the day when you are only moving to the next room. When you have had a truly productive day at a coworking space however, it is much easier to wind down for the evening and keep your home for all things relaxation. We all know that allowing ourselves to switch off from work for the evening helps us sleep better and recharge our batteries so that we can be just as productive the following day.
For me, as a freelancer, coworking is a no brainer. I have always been someone who is very comfortable being on my own, I am pretty independent and I don’t need to be talking all the time… but even for me working on my own all day, every day was a real struggle. My productivity levels have soared since I opened The Hive and I know that being around other people has been the biggest, most positive factor.
I would love to hear your thoughts on what makes you more productive when coworking and if you think I have missed anything.
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