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The office: not a place we go to but a state of mind!

Use different places for different places of mind

We know that different locations will affect us, so why not use that to our advantage?

Our brains love habits, and if we can associate certain qualities with different places, it can help us get into a better working flow. This is called ‘task association’, where your brain knows that when you’re in a certain place, you’re taking a certain action.

 Writer Gregory Ciotti gives one great example of how he forces himself into a better working flow just by changing the device he’s using. In his example, he’s trained his brain to know that when he’s at his desktop it’s time for deep writing like articles. The laptop is for more shallow work like emails or informal posts. And lastly, the tablet is for reading only.

This technique is so powerful it’s even been used to help treat people with insomnia by telling them to only go into their bedroom if they’re actually tired. If sleep isn’t achieved in a reasonable amount of time, they were instructed to leave and move onto another task until they were tired again.

 

If you can set up multiple workspaces for different tasks you’ll also be able to force your mind into a certain flow, just by physically being somewhere.

 

The death of the traditional office?

 

New services emerge: hear Booking2work.com for ex:

People have been going to work in an office for years and over time this concept has been continuously changing. It used to be considered quite normal that people were placed in tiny cubicles and were expected to sit in that same place every single day from 9 – 5. There were no laptops or mobile phones so everything had to be conducted in the same place, otherwise people would not be able to reach you. 

Nowadays, the concept of having to sit in the same place seems unimaginable, some might even say cruel. Human beings are not meant to have the exact same schedule day in and day out. We get tired, frustrated, bored and are not able to stay motivated. People work best when they feel like they have the freedom to be flexible. Luckily, the workplace environment has started changing and is continuing to change at a rapid pace. 

Enter the concept of flexible working. What is flexible working and why has it become so popular? 

If you haven’t jumped on board the flexible working train yet, we are here to give you a few reasons why you should!

1. We are living in a shared economy. Think about all the things we consider normal today. Airbnb, Uber, Snappcar, etc. The people who use these concepts all have one thing in common: they want to share and benefit from things that other people have. Why should your workspace be any different? By making use of a flexible working space you are able to meet new people and share knowledge that you otherwise might not be exposed to. Who knows, you might even make some new friends in the process!

2. Flexibility and freedom. Gone are the days that you are expected to sit behind the same desk every day for 8 hours. Who cares when and where you get your work done? As long as you get it done, that should be enough! Flexible working allows you the freedom to choose where and when you work. Nice weather outside? Great! Book a workspace somewhere on the beach and enjoy those rays of sun while you are finishing up that project due tomorrow. 

3. Avoid those dreaded traffic jams. We have all been there. Sitting in your car on the highway and feeling useless. We waste so much time everyday commuting to and from work because we are expected to be at the office between 8:00 – 9:00 and leave the office at exactly the same time everyone else in the country does. Why do we do this to ourselves? You would be amazed how much faster your daily commute to work would go if you could choose what time you need to be somewhere. 

4. Save money. This point is especially important for the startups and small business owners among us. When looking for an office space, the costs and responsibilities of renting an “old school” office space can seem overwhelming. There are so many things that need to be taken into consideration like the costs of the rent itself, but it doesn’t stop there. You have to think about the facility bills, the cleaning costs, the coffee machine... As an entrepreneur, you have better things to do with your time. When you decide to work from a coworking space, all of these things are taken care of for you!

5. It’s fun! We spend a good chunk of our lives working. Someone once said to me, “they call it work for a reason.” While this is true, I don’t believe that work has to be boring and suck the life out of you. You should enjoy yourself while you work. So surround yourself with creative people in an inspiring environment and I believe you are already on a road to success!

So, what have we learned? Sitting at that same, old desk everyday just isn’t cutting it anymore. The next questions is, what are you going to do about? If you aren’t sure where to start, let us help you! Bookings2work.com offers many different options when it comes to flexible workspaces. Contact us and let us help you find that perfect spot. 

Or let us help you creating a corporate coworking atmosphere meeting the needs of collaborative networked organizations.