When we relocated to the Northern Rivers two years ago, I thought that working from home would be the dream, and for the most part, it was. I turned our spare room into our home office and set-up the perfect morning routine, including coffee at a cafe or a dawn surf before returning home to work. I had all the flexibility I wanted and no longer had to worry about the dreaded morning and evening commute.
But soon my working from home dream began to crumble… the neighbours started renovating so my peaceful space was rattled by power tools all day long, my brother moved in, so my home office was shifted to a corner of the living room and I started to feel lonely. So when a studio space popped up, we jumped at the opportunity to create a new workspace not just for me, but for other people craving the opportunity to escape their living room offices.
Almost a year down the track, this is how coworking has made me more inspired, more productive, and more relaxed on weekends:
- THE MOTIVATION.
There’s nothing like being surrounded by other hustlers to motivate you – working at home it was easy to be distracted, suddenly dishes needed to be done or washing folded. At the studio, surrounded by the energy of everyone else ticking off their work goals, you suddenly don’t want to be the one procrastinating, and when you do need to get some creative juices flowing, there’s plenty of people to bounce ideas off.
- THE SKILL SHARING.
I have all the answers at my fingertips – if a challenge or question arose when I was working from home, I would either have to google the issue to death or phone a friend. In the studio, I can simply turn around and ask whoever is working near me. Every day there are new people in the space who work in different industries and with different skills — there’s always someone who knows the answer or they know someone else who will.
- THE POTENTIAL FOR A COLLAB.
You never know what collaborations will pop-up – working alongside other passionate people, it’s not long before you start to dream up ways to collaborate and work together. Just this week one of the photographers in our space teamed up with one of the stylists and the result was pure creative magic. Then there are the impromptu photoshoots that happen in the studio (yes, I have been asked to hand model in the middle of my workday #famous).
- THE TALENT POOL.
Inspiring people walk into my workspace every day – we’re constantly surprised by the talent and awesomeness that walks into our studio, so often people we have long admired (#stalked) on social media will just wander on in. These are the people that you want to be surrounded with when you work, the dream chasers and magic makers. I’m so grateful to now get to call so many of them my friends (and hope that their awesomeness rubs off on me).
- THE ROUTINE.
There is a distinct line drawn between ‘home’ and ‘work’ – when I was working from home I would often work late into the night, only stopping to eat dinner – there was no clear ‘home time’ because I was home all day. Now, I wake up, grab a coffee or go for a swim, and then head into work. At the end of the day when I leave the studio and head home, my work is done for the day (most of the time). Home returned to being a place for socialising with friends or relaxing with a cuppa.
So if you’re finding that working from home isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, find a coworking space and give it a go. And if you’re in Byron Bay, pop by The Corner Palm and book a week or an eight day coworking pass, using the code ‘SMACKBANG’ for 15% off.