Your Neighbors May Be More Important Than You Think

If you’ve ever watched the show Home Improvement, you’re probably familiar with the tool man, Tim Taylor, and his wise neighbor Wilson.  Tim always finds himself in a mess, and at the end of the day he stands outside by his fence, where Wilson imparts him with valuable advice.  With coworking, just like in Home Improvement, your neighbors may be more important than you think.

Working in a coworking space gives entrepreneurs access to some really great resources, such as the people that are working around them.  If you are an entrepreneur, you have most likely found yourself in need of somebody who possesses the skills you lack that are essential to growing your business.  Whether you need a web developer, a digital strategist, a graphic designer, or whatever other help you may need, a coworking community is sure to have that person.  That’s why it is so important to get to know the people who are working around you because you never know what sort of knowledge your neighbors have.  Give yourself the chance to meet people, and who knows? You may have found some new business partners, new friends, or both!

If you are looking for a great way to get to know your neighbors, consider attending any events held by your coworking community.  Many hold networking events, presentations, or meetups, which are great places to meet people with similar interests.  If your coworking space doesn’t offer these types of events, look into starting your own!

Ignoring Emails At Work Can Reduce Stress

Ignoring emails at work? That’s crazy talk! Why would I want to do that?

If you’re like most people, the first thing you do when you get to your desk in the morning is open up your email.  That makes sense.  You want to go through your inbox and see who has been trying to get in contact with you since the previous time you checked your email.  Well, I have found found that ignoring emails at work can reduce stress and make for a much more productive work day.

Here’s why:

Emails can be distracting

If you are receiving links from friends, Facebook notifications, or magazine articles, you are likely to fall into the trap of pointless web browsing.  If you are starting your workday off by doing the opposite of work, it will make the idea of working seem much more unappealing.  Ignoring emails at work, at least in the morning, will actually help avert you from distractions.

Reading your email can dictate your mood for the rest of the day

Think about it.  You open up your inbox, and you filter through all of the spam, chain letters from your friends, legitimate business related emails, and whatever else people may be trying to send you.  The contents of these emails can shape the mood you will be in for the rest of the day, and odds are, they are not going to put you in a super productive mood every day.

Figure Out What Needs to be Done First

Emails can get in the way of what really needs to be done at the moment.  Wait an hour or two to check your email and give yourself some time to figure out the course of your day based on what is important.  Don’t let that client complaint or proposal interrupt the flow of things.  Everything in your inbox can probably wait a couple hours, so start your day off right.

Give it a shot.  You may not like it at first, but it will get easier and it will increase productivity.  Once you get yourself into the work mindset, reading emails will be much less distracting and will no longer dictate how your workday will play out.  Emails will be coming in all day long, so checking them in the morning won’t help you ‘check’ checking emails off of your list of things to do.