“Productivity is less about what you do with your time. And more about how you run your mind.”
– Robin S. Sharma
Stress and productivity do not go together. When we are stressed, we cannot do as much work. But when we are not stressed, we can expect ourselves to be highly productive. All of us who work are not immune to this cause-and-effect relationship. No matter where we work, our productivity is always threatened by how stressed we are.
If you are a freelancer or work for an organization in a coworking space, here are some tips to help you stay stress-free and productive.
1. Make a priority list.
Creating to-do lists can help you remember things, but it is important to only include the most important things. Otherwise, your list might be too long and hard to finish.
Get rid of things you don’t need and just do the things that are important. Do the things that need to be done. Do them one at a time. For example, if you’re more energetic in the morning, try to get big tasks done in the first half. After that, you can focus on other things in the second half.
2. Set working hours.
As a freelancer who work in flexible hours, the temptation to just “work when I feel like it” can be hard to resist. Some people have a tendency to put things off instead of doing them right away. This may make you work more hours than you want to and lose the time that you should spend on yourself.
Even if you only have a day or a week at a coworking space, it is still important to set a schedule and stick to it. This will help you focus on what needs to be done. This means that you can avoid being pulled away from your work, and you can have a healthy work-life balance.
3. Take a break.
When you have a plan for your day, make sure to also plan for breaks. It’s easy to forget what you’re supposed to do and work for a long time without taking a break. You might think that this is a good thing because you have accomplished a lot. However, it’s really unhealthy and disadvantageous as this can make you tired in a long run.
The Pomodoro Technique can help you focus on what you’re doing. You can take breaks to rest and then start working again. You can take a break from work by getting up, walking away from your laptop, making coffee, or getting some fresh air.
4. Chat with other people.
According to studies, working alone for a long time is not good because it makes you feel stressed and lonely. One reason people are not productive is poor mental health. It is important to connect with other people even if you prefer to work alone.
When you work at a coworking space, other people from different organizations will be around you. The person you are talking to may not have the same job as you, but they might work in the same industry. You can still be around people who have similar interests as you, and they can share ideas with you and offer support. You can do this by talking to someone new over coffee. Making new friends and expanding your professional network are both benefits of this activity.
These tips can help anyone, not just people who work at coworking spaces. This can be applicable for those who are working from office or even remotely from the comfort of their own home. Just tweak them a bit to suit you. If you are working at home by yourself, you can talk to your friends or family on video calls during your breaks. This way, you can still socialize even though you’re not around people in person.