You don’t have to ‘share’ and ‘collaborate’ to reap the benefits of co-working space
The question of ‘what does coworking mean to you?’ has a different answer for each and every coworker. There is no right or wrong answer, as coworking space benefits business and individuals in many different ways. Take our iiNet innovation team – they cowork in our space to be creative, be a team that has a single base (rather than everyone working from home). Or Round Table Apps. These guys cowork to feed of others energy, be part of a bigger business community whom they can learn from. Or perhaps there are some weeks where our members just want to get down to business and get deals done.
An article published in The New Worker Magazine discussed some of the secondary benefits that business people can be exposed to, in being part of a coworking space. It’s not about having to constantly.
Here are a few simple ways you can be intentional about letting your coworking space help you support your dreams.
Craft your schedule to reflect your true goals.
You can work whenever you want. Fabulous. But are you working on the things you care about?
Even when we’re inspired, we often don’t do the very things we say that we love doing. Focus on creating enough structure to allow space for your inspired work—because it’s your job to create it.
And you know what? If the actual hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. work for you—freaking go for it.
Be strict then soft with yourself, and figure out the balance that works best. You get to decide how you make your living in this world, and that’s beautiful.
Join or create a group of intentional goal-reachers in your space.
In two of my most frequented coworking spaces, there are programs that help members set goals and motivate themselves when they’re their own boss.
There is a Work ‘n Wine, a Monday night gathering of entrepreneurial women who come to work on the things that truly move themselves and their businesses forward (not just tread water with emails and maintenance tasks). Cotivation is an accountability group that meets weekly for an hour to set goals and check in with each other on their progress.
At Gravity we would love to facilitate a group that you might be thinking of starting. We have some of our own in the pipeline, so come and talk to us about your thoughts. Being part of a group or forming a group is a great way to get to know your fellow coworkers—you never know what great things may come from it.
Networking? Forget about it.
Coworking spaces are designed to facilitate our creativity and our transition into doing the work that makes us thrive, and that’s what we should be focusing on. They’re a breeding ground for magical connection and serendipity.
The reason I prefer “magic” to “networking” is because when you open yourself up to connection and don’t try to force it is when we have the best collaborative experiences. Don’t worry about power networking in your coworking space’s kitchen in an aggressive attempt to friend every single member. Get cozy and contemplative with yourself, and try to vibe out which people make you feel truly expansive. When you can look at it from this soft space, you’re much more likely to make deep, vibrant connections.
Most importantly: Realize you are choosing this lifestyle and workstyle. Make it worth it.
As Howard Thurman said: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
We are firm believers in our coworking space being a place in which we can support and facilitate your business to be its best. We love feedback so please tell us your thoughts on how we can help your business be at its most productive.