Updated: Oct 18
Ready to ditch the office and commit to remote work? If it's still a struggle to work from home, read on for a little encouragement. Teleworking is on the rise and is more accessible and productive than you might imagine.
You’ve likely heard of coworking spaces, defined as working in a building where multiple people rent desks or offices with access to communal spaces and supplies. If you love the bustle and energy of working in a coworking space, as many creatives, freelancers, solopreneurs and even small business teams do, you might be feeling a bit lost as Covid has kept you home.
But you might not feel ready to return to a regular office or a coworking space just yet. No worries. We've got you covered.
A Desk is Just a State of Mind
By moving to a telework arrangement - which is a fancy way of saying 'work from home' - aka going digital - you have likely embraced the benefits of ditching the commute, the slacks, the agonizing heels, and lunch takeout bills. Hopefully, you are embracing the couch, kitchen table or home desk by the window – you can finally have an office with a window!
But the people...I miss the people!
For those of you pining for company and asking if it's possible to enjoy the benefits of your office cubicle, or even a physical coworking space without leaving your home.... Yes! Yes, you can sit in your sweats, with your coffee carafe nearby, an animal on your lap while working “next to” other professionals and gain other benefits and boost productivity.
In fact, with virtual coworking communities there are vast benefits gained that aren’t available in any other type of work setting.
1. Effectiveness: Breaking down your workload into manageable tasks and assigning focus blocks to those tasks is incredibly effective. Because as we all know, there is only one way to eat an elephant: one bite at a time.
2. Accessibility: All you need is wifi and a computer!
3. Balance: No matter if you have small kids at home, no way (or will) to commute, or you’ve created an alternate work setting - hello patio or beach desk - teleworking lets you balance what’s important while getting your work done.
4. Efficiency: With 60 min, 90 min or 3 hour Bubbles, you define your goal before, log in, and #GSD. By declaring your mission for that session, you subconsciously become accountable to the group for delivering on that, even if you’re not coworkers. Neat huh.
5. Happiness hacking: Dopamine, the reward and motivation chemical is released when we celebrate small wins (even the most mundane) which is done at the end of every Bubble. Even if you didn’t reach your goal, everyone celebrates together, and it just feels good.
6. Focus: With a defined amount of time to share at the beginning and end of a Bubble you don’t ever find yourself forcing chatter to break up the day. Instead, you gain applicable insight into what matters to those around you, what the group is working on, and their personalities.
7. No cubicle: ‘nuff said.
If you’re one of the many who used 2020 as a catalyst year to start a passion project, dive into solopreneurship, or save on rent and coworking costs, aim to incorporate Focus Bubbles into your routine to tap into high-functioning virtual spaces and hit the easy button on focus.
I have over 30 years of experience working with more than 10,000 clients in helping people unlock their productivity potential. Personal productivity is my passion! Every day I am curious and excited to learn what people are working on. I can’t wait to see you in a Bubble!