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How to find your ideal space for focus, collaboration or creativity.

Where should you go? That depends on what you are trying to accomplish.

If you want to promote collaboration, work at home.

If you and your team need to connect and collaborate, a home — or, if that’s logistically difficult, a warmer, cozier space that invites relaxation — might be your ideal setting for a brainstorming session. Conversations flow better when you’re lounging on sofas or grabbing slices of pizza over a kitchen counter.

If you need to focus, work in an isolated space.

Working in an environment that feels like home might relax you, but in some cases, what you really need is to persevere without distractions. That’s when an isolated space can set you up to succeed. If your workplace isn’t set up for that, make do with what you have — find a conference room for those stretches when you really need to put your head down, or ask if you can work from home to meet a pressing deadline.

If you need to spark creativity, hit the road.

While isolated spaces can help you generate output, they don’t always inspire new ideas. For that, try taking a field trip.

There’s evidence that “perceived spatial distance ” from a task can spark creativity, but you don’t necessarily need to travel a long distance to view a problem from a whole different lens. If you want chaos and excitement, you could spend a weekend in a bustling city, or you could just visit a bus terminal. If you want to learn about a different culture, you might start with a new cuisine, or visit a new neighborhood. As Scott Barry Kaufman, the director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Imagination Institute and author of Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind, once explained: “Unusual experiences are good for the brain.”

The next time you feel overwhelmed by a never-ending to-do list, or confused by the purpose of your project, or frustrated that your team is hitting a roadblock, consider the power of your environment. Sometimes, to unlock your best work, you simply need a change in scenery.

This article was originally published on Medium.com

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Marie Kondo’s tips for tidying your work space.

In a Q&A, Kondo shares tips for tidying your work space, the worst and best advice she ever received and her favorite app.

How do you apply the KonMari Method to workplaces?

The first step in the KonMari Method is to imagine your ideal lifestyle, and you can adapt the question to, “What is your ideal work style?”

There are five categories in the KonMari Method — clothing, books, papers, komono and sentimental items — and although clothing is not applicable in the workplace, you should still work through the rest of the categories in this order.

The important question to ask when going through your items is: Does this spark joy? If you feel like “joy” doesn’t resonate, adapt the question and ask yourself if this item will move you toward the direction you want to go in your career.

For people who consider themselves disorganized, what’s your advice for them to tidy their desks and keep it that way?

Designate a spot for each and every item on your desk — even tiny things like paper clips or memo pads need a home to return to! By doing this, you create a structure within your work space. One final tip: Include a file for pending documents that need to be attended to!

The full original article is here

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Hot Desk at The Office

What is a hot desk? The term “hot desking” is thought to derive from the naval practice of hot racking, where sailors on different shifts share the same bunks.

A spot on a hot desk in our coworking office is a great cost-effective way to get your job done while enjoying all the benefits: 24/7 access, super fast Wi-Fi, coffee & snacks, professional and friendly atmosphere. Choose between daily, five- or ten-day passes or a monthly subscription.

 

 

 

 

Make the most of today!

A beautiful quote by Marc Levy, a French novelist.

“Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to used during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course? Each of us has such a bank, it’s name is time. Every morning, it credits you 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off at a lost, whatever of this you failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow”. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and health. The clock is running. Make the most of today.”
― Marc Levy, If Only It Were True

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The Office turned one and we keep growing!

We are so fortunate and proud to have these amazing businesses at our coworking space, The Office! A warm welcome to MFILMS and Code Squid companies who recently joined us! Thank you to ALL of YOU for choosing The Office to be your working space! 

 

 

 

 

How to manage stress and practice mindfulness

Three small exercises which can make a big difference in your ability to concentrate and focus on your responsibilities: 3 step breathing exercise, habit anchor exercise and pomodoro technique.  Mindfulness exercises that make you a better manager.

Originally published on futurpreneur.ca

 

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Meet Michael Del Monte, an award winning director.

A documentary “Village of the Missing,” on the case of Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur and his victims is set to premiere on “CBC Docs POV” on March 22. Michael Del Monte directed the film, which will debut the same day on the CBC Gem streaming service. 

 

 

 

The Benefits of the Coworking

An informative article  on How Coworking Culture Benefits Entrepreneurs

Originally published on futurpreneur.ca

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Meet Gus Skarlatakis and Crescent Real Estate Team

 
Gus SkarlatakisCrescent Real Estate is a new type of brokerage. A digital-first, client-focused experience led by agents who legitimately care about the goals of their clients and the success of the team.
Gus Skarlatakis, Broker of Record and the Founder, brings years of experience not only in the residential and commercial markets but in real estate development and property management as well. 
 
Crescent Real Estate helps clients succeed. Period. Buying, selling, leasing, renting, or property development, we’re your trusted partner and we bring the vast experience of all of our agents to the table. When you work with one of our agents, you’re working with the entire Crescent team.  
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Meet The Office manager, Kristina.

Hi! I am Kristina. I greet The Office members and their guests and take care of all sorts of tasks to ensure that The Office is running smoothly. You can focus on growing your business – I will take care of the rest. With a smile 🙂