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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.