My Savvy Move to a Co-working Space

If you've followed me for a while, then you know that I love all things Co-working related. Co-working is defined as the use of an office or work environment by people who are self-employed or work for different employers. The Charlotte area is home to several Co-working spaces, and they have been well received by small business owners who want to work in an innovative environment.

One of my goals for 2015 was to find a co-working space for me and my business. It took a while, but I did find an excellent space called Hygge (pronounced HYOOguh).  Hygge means cozy, and I can honestly say the Hygge Co-working space that I call home is a cozy, friendly, creative environment. It’s a beautiful open space that encourages creativity and ideas.

Have you visited a Co-working space? If not, I think you should. Many spaces have free days or day passes that you can try. Co-working is not for everyone, but I do think everyone should try it at least once. You never know, you may fall in love with it just like I did. :-)

The Organized VA - There is a Method to the Madness

I thought I would share the contents of my “ToolBox” with you. As a Virtual Assistant, we are always looking for tools to make our lives a whole lot easier.  The drawback to that is there are so many tools out there to choose from;  you can easily fall victim to  S.N.T.S. "Shiny New Thing Syndrome” (trying everything you can get your hands on).

Keep It Simple

I am a technology geek by nature, and I love testing out new software and apps. Over the years, I’ve used several different softwares and apps to help in manage my daily workflow.  The deal break for me is the software that I use has to cover multiple platforms like Windows OS, Chrome OS and Macbook OS as I have several operating systems in my workspace.

Browser

Chrome is my go-to browser because many of the apps I use are available in the Chrome Web Store, and Chrome can be used on multiple operating systems.

Calendar

Sunrise Calendar is one of the best calendar apps I have come across.  It works hand in hand with Google Calendar and several other apps. Sunrise Calendar can be used offline which is great for these times when you may be without internet connection. Some of the other perks are:

  • It integrates with many of the popular apps like Asana, Evernote, and ToDoist

  • It works on both Android and Apple

  • You can still receive your Google Calendar reminders and invites

Organizer

Evernote is my go-to app for organizing my thought, my business, and everything.   It’s available to use online, or you can download it to your computer. Other perks:

  • It’s can be used on all platforms via your browser

  • It’s free to use, but if you are a power user, you do have the option to upgrade to a premium account.

Brain Organizer

Workflowy is one the best tools to use when you need to make a list. I discovered it about 2 years ago, and I have used it since.  This is my go to app when I need to pen my thoughts process (brain dump).

Time Zones

Keeping up with the time in different time zones is so much easier when you use EveryTimeZone.com. I found it the other day and immediately added it to my toolbox.

So there you have it. The short list of apps that I use to keep organized.  I would love to hear about the tool you use. Tell me about them in the comments. Look forward to reading about them!

Productivity Noise Creativity

Are you in need of some creativity? How does  the  hum  of coffeehouse chatter in the background sound?   I recently found a site called Coffitivity and this site  streams the awesome sounds of a coffee house right to your computer. Studies say a little noise can bring out the creativity in you and make you more productive.

Venturing Out To be Productive

The other day, I just couldn't get my creative juices flowing. I had some tasks that I needed to complete and needed to get out of the office to clear my head.  I decided to have lunch at Zoe’s Kitchen and brought my Chromebook along for the ride. The atmosphere was very busy since it was a Friday afternoon.  The radio played great upbeat songs overhead and there was a steady hum of conversations in the air. There was a list of things I wanted to complete, including finishing up some notes for this article.

I found a table in a nice little corner of the restaurant and  sat down for lunch while working on my to-do list. It was very easy to let the words flow while sitting there.  I even took out my idea journal and jotted down a few new ideas that came along. Before long I had completed most of my to-do list and honestly I lost track of time. It’s easy to lose track of time when you are letting your creative juices flow.

I spent a total of three hours at Zoe’s and I can say they were  three very productive hours.  I wasn’t bothered by the conversations and activity in the restaurant. I simply got into my zone and the creativity flowed. While I was there I noticed the other patrons working. None of them seems to be distracted at all.

It is a good idea to get out the office from time to time.  Visit a local cafe or coffee house  and let those creative juices flow.  The atmosphere will do you good. You never know what you may come up with.