7 Easy Ways to Maximize Your Workspace and Productivity

“Being busy means doing stuff, but being productive means getting stuff done.” Wiser words may never have been spoken, despite the anonymous origins of that inspirational quote. As a leader, I believe it more than ever—although I did not fully understand it early in my career. In fact, I spent years trying different strategies aimed at maximizing my productivity. And I continue to learn more; it’s been a lifelong experiment.

 

I’ve looked high and low for answers, but a key solution was literally right in front of me: My desk was a mess. That matters because not only do you lose time sorting through clutter, but an unorganized space creates negative energy. Sure, I got things done, and I continued to learn and grow in my career, but it wasn’t until I was in my 40s that I finally figured out what works in regard to maximizing my workspace.
Now that I’ve fully implemented the formula, I’m much happier and infinitely more productive. My desk is now my oasis. Adopting these seven habits made all the difference:

1. Clean up your space.

Simplifying often means cleaning up. Some people are naturally more orderly, but research makes it clear that a tidy, simplified workspace promotes productivity for everyone. It also impacts your relationship with co-workers, as many people assume co-workers with cluttered or dirty work areas are lazy or unorganized.

 

Think about first impressions you’ve had. When you walk into a clean restaurant, hotel, restroom or store, you notice. And, consciously or not, you believe that the establishment cares about the details and takes pride in the work. I’ve always felt that taking a few minutes to make sure your workspace is neat and tidy will allow you to focus on the bigger things and will make you look more competent in the process.

 

2. Create the right energy.

Your workspace reflects who you are, so make it welcoming, calming and focused. The formula is fluid, but incorporating a few personal touches—a picture or two, a small potted plant, a Rubik’s cube—with a lot of open desk space will do wonders for your mental focus. Quality lighting that’s not too glaring and not too dim is also vital for optimum productivity.

 

I prefer minimalism when I organize my workspace—free from distraction. And I believe positive energy makes you more productive. It’s hard to describe, but you know it when you feel it; it’s definitely not the same for everyone. But it’s important that you surround yourself with the pieces, furniture and people that create positive energy for you. For me, that means neutral colors, great lighting, plants, access to natural light and (of course) amazing co-workers in my coworking space.

 

3. Turn off your notifications.

You’re watching someone give a presentation, and alerts keep popping up on their screen. They act like it’s not a distraction, but they have to pause and close the notification before moving on. We’ve all seen it; it happens all the time. Chances are, it’s happening at your desk, too.

 

One of the best things I’ve done for my productivity was to shut off my notifications. Absolutely nothing pops up on my computer screen, and no one buzzes through on my phone except my family. The idea that being constantly available makes you a better worker is a myth. Shut off your alerts, establish time blocks for checking messages, and watch your productivity surge.

 

4. Cut down on paper.

Clutter on your desk and in your workspace slows you down, distracts you and increases your stress. You probably don’t need most of the stuff on your desk, and any papers you may need later can be filed away. Overall, though, searching through electronically stored documents is far more efficient than digging through mounds of paperwork.

 

5. Make a stack.

I admit it—I’m a stacker. As clear as I keep my work area, I always have a single stack of papers on one corner of my desk, ready for my attention. I make my stack throughout the day and clear it before the end of the day or first thing in the morning. I also cover my stack so I am not distracted by what’s on top. This way, I know what needs my immediate attention and can stay focused on more timely tasks.

 

6. Keep a notebook.

It may seem archaic, but research has shown that writing notes by hand creates better retention. Scribbling down a list or agenda each day allows you to sort and prioritize activities in your head, so that you enter your day with more clarity and focus. I always keep a notebook open on my desk, beside my paper stack, and take it to all my meetings.

 

The idea was validated when I read that Sir Richard Branson has years’ worth of notebooks filled with countless ideas and thoughts. I’ve tried lots of notebooks over the years. For me, it’s blank white pages without lines. This simple, clean layout allows me to sketch an idea, write some words, make a list, etc. It’s free flowing, which works for me.

 

7. Plan people time.

Every job requires face time with colleagues and vendors. Whether it’s checking on employees you supervise, answering customer emails or listening to calls about your product, people take time. I used to overlook this, back when I scheduled tasks to fill every minute of my workday.

 

Now, I try to save roughly 30 percent of my time at the office for people-related tasks. Knowing that I have that time set aside allows me to be present with them. I’m not supposed to be doing anything else with those minutes—and knowing that makes a huge difference.

 

In school, it was taught as MBWA: management by walking around. As a kid working in my mom’s hair salon, it was watching her take care of her personal clients, but also watching her mentor fellow cosmetologists and talk with their clients. As a waiter in college, it was observing all the moving parts. Here at VARIDESK, it allows me to fly at 30,000 feet while also experiencing what’s going on with my team on the battlefield of business.

 

Credit: Jason McCann
Website: www.success.com

Tony Robbins’ Ultimate Guide to Your Best Year Ever

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The 5-Step Plan to an Extraordinary Year

Transforming into the person you want to be in 2019 is not difficult so long as you have the dedication, focus and correct tools at your disposal, Robbins says. But you should always remember to set your sights on something within reason.

“Most people overestimate what they’re going to do in a year, and they underestimate what they can do in a decade, or two or three or four,” he says.

Follow this roadmap to begin crafting the best year of your life.

1. Feed your mind

Born in North Hollywood, California, Robbins had a tumultuous, abusive childhood. On Christmas during his senior year of high school, his substance-dependent mother kicked his latest father out, and then chased the young Robbins out of the house with a carving knife.

Robbins got a job as a janitor and stayed in the laundry room for a couple of weeks until he could get his own place. “What changed me was that I realized I was so depressed,” he says. “I was so sad, and I was so uncertain—so fearful. And nothing was working. That’s when I realized I had to feed my mind.”

Feeding your mind, Robbins says, is all about perspective. “You’ve got to bring something new to it,” he says. “Otherwise, you’re going to keep operating off the same old beliefs, the same old thoughts, the same old emotions that have not gotten you to the level you want.”

Step 1? Don’t just hope things will go the way you want. Condition yourself to believe that they will. Robbins read The Magic of Believing by Claude Bristol when he first left the house, and from there, he strengthened his mind by doing incantations while running, writing positive messages on the mirror, reading autobiographies of people he admired and selectively choosing what information and news permeated his world.

“Every day, you’ve gotta guard your mind,” he says.

Feeding your mind is all about perspective. “You’ve got to bring something new to it.”

2. Strengthen your body.

Strengthening one’s mind is crucial. But equally important is strengthening one’s body.

“Go on a sprint,” Robbins says. “Go lift some really heavy weights. Go on a really long walk.” Every single day, for example, Robbins begins his morning by plunging into a pool of 56-degree water. And if he’s not home, he’ll jump into a nearby river or walk through snow.

“I don’t do that because it’s fun,” he says, laughing. “I don’t do that because I want to do it. I do it because I’m training my body that when I say go, we go.”

Priming your physical self can set the stage for the change you want to see mentally or emotionally.

“You’re going to get depressed if you drop your shoulders, drop your head, speak slowly and think about what you’re afraid of,” he says. But if you go for a really intense run, music blaring and heart pumping, your body and mind will both be energized and clear, and you’ll be able to better focus on what you want.

3. Find a great role model.

“If you want the best year of your life, you need to decide to find a great role model,” Robbins says. “Who is already getting the results you want?”

Robbins recalls seeing his parents fight one Thanksgiving about not having enough money for food. He thought to himself that he never wanted to have that stress as an adult, and he vowed to find a role model to learn from as he pursued a different path.

“You don’t want to just try to do it yourself,” Robbins says. “You want to model someone who’s already getting results.”

Related: Who Inspires Tony Robbins?

Robbins selected the late Sir John Templeton—once called arguably the greatest stock picker of the 20th century by Money magazine—as his role model. “I said, ‘Here’s a man who started with nothing just like me. Now, he’s the first billionaire investor.’ ”

4. Take massive action.

This step is simple: Make a huge step forward. Build your company’s website. Reach out to a prospective investor. Talk with your spouse about couples counseling. Plan that grand vacation for your family you think will bring everyone together.

But, Robbins says, you must remember to be flexible and alter your course if necessary. To really demonstrate the importance of this point, Robbins often shares the same metaphor. Let’s say your goal was to see a sunset, and you began by running east.

“I don’t care how positive you are, I don’t care how enthusiastic you are, it’s not gonna happen—you have the wrong strategy,” he says.

5. Get outside of yourself.

Instead of focusing 100 percent on your goals and what you want to achieve, you must also find a way to add value to others.

“As corny as it sounds, the spirit of living is giving, and it’s what makes us alive,” Robbins says.

As a 21-year-old, Robbins volunteered at prisons in California. At one point he was matched with a man around his age who had been convicted of murder. Robbins was trying to help the man cope emotionally. Robbins says that helping others figure out their problems, as he did with this inmate, will have two primary impacts:

No. 1, your problems will lessen in intensity.

No. 2, your life will have more meaning.

“Life is not about me; life’s about we,” Robbins says. “So it’s not just growing, it’s growing and contributing beyond yourself that makes your life meaningful.”

Embrace Uncertainty

One of the most important things you can do to make 2019 your best year yet is become comfortable with uncertainty. Robbins says it’s that simple.

“I tell people, ‘The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with,’ ” he explains. “Because if you want to be certain about everything every moment, then you can’t do something new, you can’t grow.”

“Have you ever been skiing?” Robbins asks me.

“Just once,” I reply, wondering how this topic relates to uncertainty.

Robbins says most people who have learned to ski or snowboard are always locked into a basic skill level. “They’re eternally intermediate,” he says. “And the reason is because they do what they’re comfortable with.”

But if they’re on the slope and suddenly see a sharp turn or steep decline, what happens? In many cases, they commit to quickly learning how to carve and not fall flat on their faces. They learn that they’re actually able to conquer what they were so afraid of.

Robbins says most people give up when faced with uncertainty. But if you can force yourself to take action in the midst of it, you will become better and better at coping with not knowing what will happen.

I ask why humans are so bad at dealing with uncertainty. “Because of the nature of the mind,” he says. Our brains were designed to assess and combat risk, and fight or flight when necessary. “But we are more than our minds. We’re our heart, we’re our soul, we’re our spirit.”

And if everything in life were certain, life wouldn’t be worth living.

“We all want certainty so bad,” he says. “But if you’re totally certain every moment, what’s going to happen? You’d be bored. So we need uncertainty. We need a lot of it.”

Six Questions to Reinvention

As Robbins watched the financial crisis begin to play out in 2007 and 2008, he knew he wanted to get involved. But finance wasn’t his area of expertise. He decided to pivot, focusing his energy on this new realm he wanted to tap into.

“I didn’t so much reinvent myself by changing myself, [but rather] I connected to my deeper passions,” Robbins says. “I figured out what resources to get. I figured out why I’m doing this. I figured out what would be available, what skills I needed. And I went and got them.”

The word reinvention is tossed around a lot in society. A mother might want to reinvent herself to have a renewed emphasis on her career, an accountant might want to reinvent himself to have more vitality and passion in his life, a painter might want to reinvent herself to have a new vision. But reinvention isn’t about making a small tweak here or there.

“I think reinvention is not so much about changing the appearance of things,” Robbins says. “It’s about connecting with a deeper part of yourself. Who are you really? What are you made for? What are you here for?”

Robbins says to ask these six questions to successfully reinvent yourself in 2019.

1. What am I here to serve?

This question is not easy. But it’s crucial. Instead of thinking, I want to be richer, smarter or more successful, try to tap into your true internal drive.

2. What is my core passion?

Once you’ve identified what you’re here to serve, connect to your core passion. Ask yourself why you want to pursue it.

“The most successful people on earth know what they’re here to deliver and they know why,” Robbins says. “And then you figure out the how.”

3. What resources are available to me?

Before taking action, figure out what assets are at your disposal. What brilliant minds do you have access to? Who can you consult for advice? What can you read, absorb and take in that will help you on your path?

4. What do I need to change in myself?

Figure out what you need to do differently to achieve a renewed sense of self. What skills do you need to acquire? What do you need to retool in yourself? Is there anything you need to condition your mind to do?

Regardless of what you’re changing in your life, make sure it’s something truly meaningful to you, not just a quick fix or a Band-Aid on a deeper problem.

5. What is my how?

Remember: This step should not come before you’ve identified your why.

“Come up with a vision of something that you’re driven by, and then come up with strong enough reasons to figure out the how,” Robbins says. “But if you start with the how, it’ll be overwhelming.”

Only once you’ve truly identified your why—your core passion—can you begin to think about the how. How are you going to execute? How can you leverage your resources, passion and skills to make this happen?

6. How can I implement this?

It’s time to take action. And remember that it’s OK to change course if things aren’t working.

“As you’re implementing, you have to stay awake to what’s working and what’s not, and change your approach,” he says.

Regardless of what you’re changing in your life, make sure it’s something truly meaningful to you, not just a quick fix or a Band-Aid on a deeper problem.

“When you reinvent yourself, you’re going through a process of how do I become more so I can give more?” Robbins says. “If that’s your mindset, you’re probably going to prosper. If you’re saying, ‘I want to reinvent myself so I just feel a little better,’ you’re probably not going to pull it off.”

Master Resilience

“Have you ever shot a gun?” Robbins asks me.

“Uh, no I haven’t,” I reply, caught off guard.

Early in his career, Robbins tells me, he worked in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), a psychological approach to increasing one’s performance. Robbins quickly rose in the ranks as a trainer, but people were skeptical that a 22-year-old was becoming so successful despite having only worked in the field for a few months.

NLP founder John Grinder said that in order to prove to people that Robbins was the real deal, he would put him in situations he wasn’t prepared for and show that he could pull anything off. He connected Robbins with an Army general, and Robbins told him he believed he could compress the training time of anything they did in half.

The general tasked Robbins with teaching enlisted men how to effectively shoot a .45-caliber pistol.

Robbins’ partner on the project, who had experience shooting guns, had to cancel at the last minute. His stomach turned. So what did he do? He asked the general for his best shooters so he could study them and figure out what they were doing right.

“Because I had nowhere else to go—I had no net—I became resilient. Because I had to,” Robbins says. “I was like, OK. Some part of me knows the answers.”

Don’t Let This One Thing Get in Your Way

Walking between two buildings suspended only by a tightrope, Nik Wallenda might appear fearless. Jim Gaffigan, who cracks jokes on stage in front of thousands of people, or Jennifer Hudson, who belts her songs in front of millions, might also appear to have ice in their veins.

But in reality, no one lives without fear. It’s engrained into us as human beings.

“I don’t care who you are—I don’t care how smart you are, I don’t care how educated you are or how much passion you have,” Robbins says. “We all have a 200,000-year-old brain. And that brain is not designed to make you happy. It’s designed to make you survive. And that mind is always looking to try to protect you from some form of danger.”

The No. 1 thing that stops people from having the quality of life they want and deserve, Robbins says, is fear. But it has a simple solution.

“Courage,” he says. “It means you’re scared, but you train yourself to do it anyway. You push yourself.”

It’s Not All About Achievement

There are two primary skills people need to master to have an extraordinary life, Robbins says. The first, mastering the science of achievement, is pretty straightforward: Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.

The second skill, Robbins says, is where people struggle: mastering the science of fulfillment.

“If you go out and have this massive success but you’re not happy and you’re not fulfilled, you’re gonna be empty inside,” he says.

Instead of changing things in your outside world, you must focus on what makes you feel good inside—what makes you feel truly alive and what makes you feel like you’re growing and becoming the best version of yourself.

“When people ask me, ‘What does it take to be happy?’ I always say to them, ‘It’s simple. One word: progress. Progress equals happiness,’ ” Robbins says.

Watch Your Coffee
When Robbins was a young man, his mentor, Jim Rohn, instilled in him a lesson that has persisted for decades.

“Do you realize how powerful your mind is?” Rohn asked Robbins.

“I think so,” he said, hesitating.

“Well, tell me something,” Rohn said. “What if you let anybody put anything you want in your coffee? What if your worst enemy put sugar in your coffee? What’s going to happen?”

“I’ll have sweet coffee,” Robbins replied.

“What if a family member, a friend or somebody by accident dropped strychnine in your coffee?” Rohn then asked.

“I’m dead,” Robbins said.

“Well, guess what? Life is both sugar and strychnine. You better watch your coffee,” Rohn said.

Much like we must guard our metaphorical coffees, Robbins says, we must guard our minds. We must selectively choose what news and information we want to absorb, and filter out the noise.

“We’re drowning in information,” Robbins says.

“And we’re starving for wisdom.”

Life Is Growth

“When people come to me or come to your magazine, what do they want? I want more money. I want to be happy. I want to get more physically fit. I want a better relationship. I want love in my life. I want to grow my business. I want to make ‘x’ amount of money. What they’re really after is a greater quality of life. And if you really think about it, we all want that.

“Even if life is great, we usually want more. And that’s a healthy mindset, because life is growth.”

Thinking of CoWorking? Be Sure to Check These 8 Things First

Adapted from: Inc Magazine

Over the past decade, coworking has become a popular option for many startups and other small businesses.

Sharing a space with other companies offers young firms benefits – such as reduced costs, in-place technical infrastructure, and social opportunities. However, it also has its drawbacks, such as reduced privacy. While most folks considering coworking spaces for their ventures are aware that they need to consider the aforementioned and many other factors, there are some important aspects of coworking environments that often go overlooked during the decision-making process. Morris Levy, CEO of multi-city coworking space provider, The Yard, talks about some of the items one should ponder.

1. How long has the coworking space provider been in business, and what does its future appear to be?

Because of the popularity of coworking, there are now many firms offering coworking space. Understanding which firms have proven track records, and which are expanding versus contracting, can help you feel more secure that you will not need to find a new home for your business in the short term.

2. What times of day are you most productive?

Do you need a 24x7x365 workspace or one that is open only during business hours? What services will you need during non-standard hours – and will they be available then?

3. Will you be meeting with prospects and clients in your office?

Is the coworking space conducive to meetings? Are there sufficient conference rooms to ensure that you will always have adequate space? Will prospects and clients be impressed with the environment – or will they find it to be a turn off?

4. Do you need printing services – and, if so, what types and how much?

Be sure to ask about the amount of printing credits or discounts that the coworking space will provide you at local printers before signing a lease – you don’t want any nasty, expensive surprises.

5. Are the coworking space’s owners/managers actively involved? Are they available to tenants?

In general, the better access that you have to the folks in charge the more likely it is that any issues that may arise for you will be resolved quickly and satisfactorily.

6. Will you always be in one location, or do you need access to office space in multiple locations in other cities while traveling?

Be sure to understand to what remote arrangements your local rental entitles you – whether at locations under the same brand or at those offered via partnerships.

7. What kind of on-site resources does the coworking space provider offer?

What technologies are available to you? How many people are there to assist you if you have issues? Know the number of community managers, receptionists, and tech support personnel who are dedicated to helping you during the day and off hours. Understand how many other people work in the space – so you understand the ratio of helpers to people who may need assistance.

8. How well does the provider secure the technology infrastructure that you will be using?

Find out about the cybersecurity practices of the coworking provider. You want to make sure that using its infrastructure will not put you and your business at risk.

5 Cost-Saving Benefits of Coworking

Running a business costs money, but there’s an easy way to reduce costs: coworking.
Coworking is an ideal solution for entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses, and growing companies that want to save on overhead costs.
Renting or owning your own dedicated office space involves a massive investment of time, money, and resources. Costs may include:

  • Furniture and Decorations: This not only includes individual offices but conference rooms and public entryways.
  • Electricity: Electricity costs are not getting cheaper, and in the summertime can spike with air conditioning usage.
  • Internet: High-speed Internet service can run on a yearly average of $3,000 for a small business.
  • Network Manager: You will need a technical expert, either on staff or via contract, to manage and maintain your internal networks.
  • Janitor: You’ll need someone to clean up the offices, take out the trash, and keep the kitchen from growing mold and attracting roaches.
  • Security and Access: Especially if you have expensive equipment left on-site, you will need security technology and protocols in place for your workers.
  • Insurance: These costs can vary but can be prohibitively expensive if your office is in a flood zone or other area that is vulnerable.
  • Office Manager: Don’t forget the recurring costs of a manager to make all this work.

Managing your own office space simply costs money, and those costs can add up over time. In addition to the financial savings, coworking provides many additional benefits such as business networking and access to resources.

5 Great Financial Benefits of Coworking for the Small Business

With coworking, you not only save money, you can also join a vibrant community of other entrepreneurs and small businesses, increasing your exposure to leads and potential business partners. Of course, the bottom line comes first. Here are some of the cost benefits:

1. Coworking can be 60% to 75% cheaper if you have less than 30 people in your team.

This is where the numbers show that coworking is especially beneficial for smaller businesses. Why spend money on renovating an office space that you’ll just be renting out for a few years?

2. Approximately 35% to 55% of your workforce do not need their own workspace.

Many of your workers do not need their own offices to get their work completed. Many of today’s tech workers can easily complete projects sitting at a cramped table in the middle of a noisy Starbucks. Coworking gives your workers the camaraderie of a social working environment that provides the right balance of productivity and personal interaction.

3. Conference rooms can cost on average $75,000 over 5 years.

Conference rooms are critical components of office space, not just for internal meetings but for presentations and meetings with clients and potential customers.

4. The estimated cost to maintain common areas and pantries is $200 per person each month.

Maintaining an on-site kitchen is not only costly, it’s usually messy. You won’t have to bother with the dirty coffee cups, dishwasher maintenance, or refrigerator repairs with coworking. (That said, your employees should still clean up after themselves in a coworking kitchen!)

5. You can gain greater tax benefits with coworking.

You actually don’t get as much of a tax benefit with your own office space as you might think. After commercial standard loss ratios and common space, the technology and meeting space allowance is at 3,000 sq. ft., which in effect gives you 1,400 to 1,500 in working space. The true loss in self-managed space is between 40% to 50%.

Save Money Today by Choosing Coworking

As you can see, there are many cost-saving benefits of coworking. If you move to a coworking space, your occupancy costs drop by 70% or even more. Call us at WorkSocial to find out how.

The Problems of Working in Isolation and Coworking is Fixing it

To some, especially if you’re introverted, working in isolation may seem like a dream come true. Whether you finally have the chance to work remotely or you’re doing the freelance hustle, nothing’s better than staying in bed to do your work, right?
While it may seem ideal, this can lead to a lonely and unfulfilling life. Ever felt like every day repeated itself for weeks on end? Try feeling like that when you hardly get the chance to leave the house.
Isolating yourself isn’t a good idea, even while you’re working. You may think you’re focused, but loneliness can have a terrible effect on your work.

Consequences of Working in Isolation:

No process

One of the benefits of working in isolation is that you don’t have to adhere to a corporate process at every moment. This especially counts if you’re working freelance.
However, you can run into problems if you don’t develop your own process for dealing with problems. If it’s just you for yourself, you can easily get overwhelmed at the amount of work you have to do.
Especially if all of your work is on a tight deadline, you may experience fear or anxiety at what needs to be done, which is counterproductive to actually doing it.

Too much process

It’s obvious that you need some kind of process. The great thing about working in isolation is that you can approach a process however you’d like.
…Within reason.
When you’re working alone without anyone directing you, it’s very easy to throw too much of yourself into a process and start analyzing every little thing. After all, you want it to be perfect for your client, right?
This isn’t an effective way to approach your work because you’ll get bogged down. Overanalyzing every word, every line of code, or every brushstroke will just add more work for you to do.
Overanalyze and you’ll never get any work done.

How to fix it?

Coworking

The easiest way to avoid working in isolation is to work together – literally!
In a setup made for coworking, you’ll share an office space, whether owned by a member of the group or a community office space.
From there, whatever rules you’ve made for your own work process apply! You’re working in a group rather than in isolation. Since most of you will be working on individual projects, you’ll get to take advantage of the socialization benefits of an active work family. At the same time, you can disregard any corporate pressure and complaints that your office-worker friends have.
This can help motivate you to actually work, as well. If everyone around you is working, you might find that you’re more productive.

Get social

When you’re working in isolation, it’s difficult to meet new people. If you don’t have a working family, who can you turn to? Regardless of your hobbies or what you’re interested in, you’re almost certain to find a Meetup group focused toward that.
Regardless of your hobbies or what you’re interested in, you’re almost certain to find a Meetup group focused toward that.
It’s also possible that you’ll find a work-related meetup, either for networking or coworking.
Most of the time, it’s free to attend a group (apart from group dues, which may be waived for new members and aren’t any more than a couple of dollars), and it’s a great way to meet people who you connect with.

Schedule lunch

When you’re working in isolation or freelance, it’s easy to schedule a huge block of time as “work time.”
Still, it’s important to take a break from our daily tasks and step away from the computer to get some fresh air.
Schedule a solid block for lunchtime, and invite a friend to come with you! Maybe you’ll have the chance to get together with other freelancers to discuss your days.
This can give you a sense of camaraderie and work with a group, even as you’re typing away in PJs.

Go to the office

Let’s focus this one toward our friends working remotely for a company. Even though your position is remote, you’re still employed through a corporation or a business.
Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you can’t head into the office at all. You’re running your show, so you can pop into the office to get the social interaction you need.
If you work remotely, your coworkers will be happy to see their team member.
If you work freelance, all hope isn’t lost! There’s a possibility you can find a co-work space to meet other remote and freelance workers.

Head to the library

If you want something a little more grown up than your neighborhood Starbucks to work at, you may want to try taking a visit to your local library.
Libraries have the benefit of being quiet as well as being hubs of information for absolutely anything you need.
They may not seem like the most social environments at first, but who knows who you’ll meet? From other remote workers to students studying, you’ll be surprised at who you can find!
Additionally, libraries are awesome places to find out information about social events. Most libraries host groups devoted to particular hobbies.

Networking

Even when you’re working in isolation, the importance of freelancing doesn’t go away. Even though it’s more feasible than ever to work remotely, there’s a chance that could mean that networking is needed more than ever.
Networking can help you not only in the job department but socially. It’s more important than ever to unplug and work on honing our social skills, so don’t let industry events and mixers fall to the wayside.
You’ll get the chance to connect with other freelancers or remote workers as peers, and you may even find a new mentor who can help you up your dream job’s ladder.

WorkSocial

Just because you work remotely or freelance doesn’t mean that you have to spend your days in isolation. Interaction with other people is important, and sometimes it’s possible to forget that it isn’t just you against the world.
Humans are social creatures, and you won’t win any battles by fighting that. Luckily, there are a ton of great ways to make sure you get the social interaction you need.
Start with WorkSocial. Our coworking office can put you in contact with fellow freelancers, letting you kick isolation to the curb once and for all.
Questions regarding solutions for freelance work? Ready to beat your lonely workday? Feel free to reach out to WorkSocial today.

 

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Bringing Out the Best in Entrepreneurs: Curated CoWorking Hub CoWorking New Jersey

Some people think that being productive depends solely on a team’s ability to understand their field and work together effectively. However, the environment a team is in also has a great impact on their overall output.  Though most organizations look to work in a “professional environment,” the location needed can differ greatly from industry to industry. This is why curated co-working can have such a positive effect.
A well-prepared, custom-designed office space can help any organization save time, improve output, and save money. This is especially true if the organization opts to have their space designed by a team of specialists like WorkSocial.

Acquiring Ready Work Spaces Saves Time and Energy

While it’s true that any organization can benefit from conducting their business in a fitting location, this type of asset doesn’t always come easily. In most cases, it actually comes in multiple steps. These include:

  • Renting conference rooms or other necessary spaces
  • Renting and setting up all necessary equipment
  • Completing networking and other necessary activities

After building the space and completing any necessary networking, time and money may have already been lost from the project.
Because of these reasons, entrepreneurs are sometimes simply better off paying a premium for predesigned workspaces, provided those spaces are designed to meet the unique needs of the business.

Custom Designs to Facilitate Success

Curated coworking involves more than a predesigned workspace – it means an area designed to facilitate productivity in a given industry. By understanding the client’s need, designers can work with them to create the environment they need to succeed. Additional benefits include:

  • Saving money by consolidating costs
  • Saving time by streamlining the setup
  • Networking opportunities

Entrepreneurs need the right conditions to grow and thrive. WorkSocial can handle all aspects of the curated coworking experience and create the right solution for each client.

Technical Aspects and Featured Amenities

Every ambitious team needs a reliable workspace they can use to create. WorkSocial provides clean, reliable office spaces which users can access 24/7. Co-working spaces can be designed to facilitate relevant business activities.  In addition to helping clients acquire the necessary equipment, WorkSocial can also coordinate services like networking, IT, cyber security, and more. Everyone is to some degree a product of their environment, and business people are no different. This is why WorkSocial is more than just a curated co-working specialist – we’re a movement designed specifically for entrepreneurs.

Helping the Entrepreneurial Spirit Flourish

Creativity, leadership, and wellness are all characteristics which should be nurtured and cultivated. Not only does our organization provide the type of workspace a team needs to succeed in their industry, but we create an environment that allows positive change to occur.  Our clients have access to business resources, networking opportunities, and onsite amenities designed to help them live a lifestyle of creativity and success.
No one should have to work in a space that limits them. From high-quality equipment to seamless networking to a secure location, WorkSocial provides it all. Shoot us an email at hello@worksocial.works or give us a call at 201-293-7475.

Essential’s for CoWorking Spaces

CoWorking spaces not only work for lawyers they are a critical for a law practice’s success. Lets take the example of James Practice [name changed].  Jame is is a member of  WorkSocial and other shared office spaces.
sjr_0707-hdrBefore joining WorkSocial James worked from home. A home office was probably the cheapest option for a solo practitioner. Until one day James landed a client that was buying real estate like candy.
Nothing blows your image than a barking pet at a closing. And if the thought of seeing only your family and the person delivering your takeout food sounds isolating, you might want to reconsider if you want your clients in your “business.”
After a crazy a embarrassing event, James joined WorkSocial. Ever since his business tripled, his profitability sky rocked and productivity increased.
Here is why
James went to work everyday
Working from home meant that James had flexibility about when to start. Sometimes, the flexibility turned to procrastination. Since moving to a space James “got very organized.” One day the client service team at WorkSocial needed a contract reviewed. “I did it for free. They gave me a month off.” He never looked back. Now he works with WorkSocial all the time.
Inflow of clients
Instantly grew my business, the “10 WorkSocial members became my clients.” James had assumed that Coworking spaces usually have an open layout. WorkSocial had private offices, conference rooms and open spaces. They had other spaces with open areas and I used all of it as needed.
Amenities
A large part of what his law practice was printing, collating, filing and meeting preparation. Everyday James needed to make a choice. “Grow the business, sell my services, print my documents and talk to clients.” WorkSocial had an admin, Ally, on site, and, James tried to make a deal with her for work. “No James its my pleasure and its included” converted James to a fan.
Here is what WorkSocial Offers:
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  • Free Printing
  • Free Internet
  • Free 24 x 7 Access in a high security building
  • Free Coffee, tea, snacks and more
  • Discounts with airlines, car rental and more
  • Conference call facility
  • Video conference
  • Awesome views

Fun stuff designed for productivity
Work requires discipline. WorkSocial follows the principles of the corporate athlete. Frequent visits from local practitioners offering yoga, stretching, meditation and massages had a great impact on my productivity.
MileStone Funding
With a little extra time and energy James decided to grow his business. He wanted to develop a website. WorkSocial, funded the development with a $5,000 loan to develop a website. One of the community members did the work . Someone else did the SEO and now marketing is in full swing. With 5 real estate closings a week and 20 clients from WorkSocial, James has rented private offices and hired an associate.
Guess what, James still rents space at WorkSocial and has weekly office hours. Flexibility at a shared office space has advantages.
Full disclosure: WorkSocial | A happiness company is a company where I have a vested interest. The thoughts here in represent my opinions are not inserted to drive sales. My life is not a call for action instead it is a cause for action.