Coworking presents so many opportunities to engage with dynamic, energetic professionals in a space primed for collaboration. In so many ways and so many places, professionals can find themselves immersed in the coworking culture that really places emphasis in talking up your ideas in the office. These interactions among professionals are the foundation from which businesses can reach out to the community and raise their visibility.
In The Philippines, the coworking concept works similarly in providing businesses with a platform to connect with other professionals and promote their ideas. However, at the same time, it is so easy to lose sight of the work that makes your business a business that the social part of building your business negates any productivity. The coworking space, while a very social space, presents businesses with ample opportunity to work, but professionals can find ways to fit work into the more social aspects of coworking.
Keep reading to learn more about how to keep your productivity levels up in the coworking space.
Check Out The Layout
Learning about the office plan is very important in creating a routine that promotes productivity. Many coworking spaces in The Philippines, Manila especially, have created areas where professionals can take care of a number of tasks. While there is the workspace, there also tends to be areas where people can collaborate, and if there is no designated area for this, meeting and conference rooms are usually available for use. Then, there are also areas designated for hanging out with others in the workspace. Servcorp’s coworking space in Manila is an example of the way in which some coworking spaces are designed.
Before setting up shop in the space, consider touring the space again and making note of all the areas in the space. The reason is that you want to be in a place that promotes productivity, regardless of the task, and trying to work in a space that is not appropriate can interfere with work. Furthermore, by paying attention to how the space is organised you can actually set up your workday.
Alternate Your Schedule
You are living and working in one of the most beautiful countries in the region, and the temptation is to ditch work and hang out at any one of the local beaches and hangout. Everyone has these moments, but what sets productive people apart from the unproductive is that the former understands the need to break up the monotony with breaks while the latter focuses on getting the work done regardless of the quality.
The point is you need a break from working full throttle. To combat this, consider alternating your schedule so that some days your work focuses on the tasks that define your business. Then, designate a few days for lighter tasks, including networking within the space. Days like this can be devoted to attending conferences and events where the focus is more about building the business than anything else. By alternating your schedule, you give your mind and body a rest.
The coworking space is a very fluid physical space where people mill about and come and go freely throughout the day. Because of this, it is easy to get off task and find yourself late in the day trying to make up work that should have been completed earlier. A good way to avoid getting off task is to set limits to conversations, to visits, to breaks, and to anything that gets in the way of work.
Focusing On Productivity
There are a million strategies for maintaining productivity within the space, and these are a few. By surveying the place for appropriate spaces to work, you prep your workspace for the tasks that need completing. Alternating your schedule breaks up the monotony, and by setting boundaries you establish a way to make work fun while also establishing a way to get more work done.