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Online co-working is a more intentional, cozier, sweatpants-friendly version of grabbing your laptop + working in a coffee shop. Although I consider my coffee shop adventures to be high-tier, I also find that the ambience overwhelms my ability to complete the tasks I had wanted to tackle — I almost always had at least five things I wanted to do + was lucky when I got to complete just one of them. Let me tell you, that backpack felt even heavier on the walk back home.
It does help that co-working of any kind - whether it be online, in-person, or on a retreat - provides that same kind of ambience, yet invites an unparalleled level of focus to your work. But for it to be truly effective, you also need to reexamine your mindset around productivity.
\\ evaluating our relationship to productivity
As we explore this idea of redefining productivity, I think it’s good to ask yourself:
- What do you consider to be a productive use of time?
- What must you do in order to feel productive?
- Do you think you’re being productive, or are you actually just making yourself busy?
- How much ‘me’ time do you give yourself?
For me, when I regarded productivity in the past, it was in how much I was able to get done rather than the quality of what I completed. Everything used to be a race to a finish line + if I didn’t get there fast enough I felt pretty shitty. My views on what was productive impacted my mental health + how I saw my value.
The pandemic in general made me slow down + examine how I was spending my time. I realized that I regarded my personal value in how well I was able to get things accomplished each day. As soon as I understood this, I knew I couldn’t keep living only for my work + what allowed me to be productive. I had to be able to also pursue my creative dreams + live in a slower pace that would allow me to be one with myself intuitively.
\\ the purpose of creative co-working
When I come to creative co-workings, it becomes a sacred time where I can truly surrender to my creativity + just be creative for the sake of it. It’s a time dedicated to me + holding space with other creatives that I love supporting + rallying behind. AKA: you. My intention is to hold space for both of us so that we can have this dedicated time to projects that fulfill us, energize us, + allow us to live out our passions.
Now, JSYK - if you come to co-working, you do not have to be working on something creative. You can come for vibes, use this time to help you focus on your real-life work, take a break, chat it up — honestly, you can do whatever within these sessions. The idea is to simply be intentional.
\\ join us, friend!
I stream creative co-workings from 9-11am pst on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, + Fridays. You don’t need an account on Twitch to have me on as a background - only if you want to use our sicc pomodoro board + participate in the chitty chat. Either way, I’d be honored to work creatively with you!