We’ve extolled the virtues of the co-working space many a time on these pages already. We know we don’t have to sell the idea to you. It’s a great one that will benefit your working life whether it’s a one off visit or a regular thing.
Now you’ve decided to utilise a co-working space, how should you look after yourself and ensure you’re making the most of the situation?
Always go Prepared
Sounds simple doesn’t it, but you’d be surprised how many times you see an individual sit down at their desk, in a co-working space and suddenly realise they’ve left their notepad and pens at home. Or after an hour of work a person will start scrambling around in their bag to discover they’ve left their charger at home. It’s these simple things that you take for granted at your everyday desk but that might catch you out in a shared space. If you’re someone who often misplaces things or are quite forgetful, take away that potential for mishap and always carry spares in your laptop bag, it could be invaluable at an important time.
Prepare to Drown out the Sound
One of the benefits of a co-working experience is that your fellow business owners, self employed individuals and start-up entrepreneurs are there to share a story with you and to listen to your story. Of course this is true, but the main aim is for everyone to have a place where they can get on with their work. The chatting does happen in periods of rest and short breaks, but you’re there to work, as you would be in a normal office environment. In this case, when you’ve got someone you barely know sat next to you working, an effective way to zone out of the room and focus on your own task at hand is to bring some headphones with you. Everyone is different, some people require total silence, others can handle talk radio or music of their choice, but everyone needs the time to focus and this is a great way that almost all users of co-working spaces use.
Be Respectful of Shared Spaces
To finish the previous point, to show respect to others always ensure any music you are listening to is at a volume that doesn’t reach your next door neighbour’s ears. In other shared areas, such as kitchen and bathroom spaces don’t treat the area as you would your home, or even how some people treat full time office spaces. Be respectful of others, always tidy up after yourself and leave a positive lasting impression.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help
If you have found yourself in a position where you need something because your brain has gone missing for the afternoon, don’t be afraid to ask someone for help. Co-Working spaces are about community and the people working there are in this game to ensure you have the tools and the space at your disposal to fulfil your working ambitions for the day. Whether you’re in need of some paper and a pencil, a quiet space away from the main hub of desks, or even need a phone charger, you might be in luck. But you’ll never know unless you ask for help.