Foray into Coworking
Updated: Jun 13, 2018
My last post was about managing the pitfalls about working from home. I still love the flexibility it offers, for example being able to take advantage of a beautiful Wednesday and cycle Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park because the upcoming weekend would be rainy.
Though the upsides are many, there are some downsides to working at home that are difficult to overcome alone. A big one is the lack of social interaction with peers. To combat this, I have decided to join a coworking space.
There are several great options here in Fort Collins, CO. I have joined Cohere for one day per week, and so far it has been a great experience. The space is comfortable and inviting, and decorated in the minimal, yet colorful, midcentury style that I love. Within minutes of sitting down, I had made several connections with very friendly Coherians, one of which even led to a graphic recording gig. I guess there ARE benefits to leaving the house!
The space includes drop in use of any free desk space, and the ability to reserve conference rooms for meetings and presentations. When I am in the space, I am surrounded by others who are also working. They are accomplishing their daily goals and inspiring me to do the same. Sometimes fun chatter breaks out, keeping the vibe from getting too stuffy.
I've always liked to work and study in places that have a certain amount of noise, like a coffee shop. The coworking environment so far gives that environment, along with reliable wifi, the ability to print, and both scheduled and impromptu social events. Unlike a coffee shop, everyone is there to get work done so the talking is not overly loud and there is no screeching espresso machine! I notice I get more done in shorter spans of time while I am at "the office" and I look forward to getting to know more of my co-coworkers.
Do you belong to a coworking space or any type of accountability network? What about it has been working for you? I'd love to hear more strategies!