How and where you work can have a direct impact on your productivity.
The traditional eight-hour working day was introduced by Henry Ford in 1914, at a time when factory workforces were actually working 10 to 16 hours a day to meet explosive demand. By cutting his employees’ length of hours at work and doubling their pay, Ford actually doubled his proﬁt margins within two years. These days, more than a century later, we have an evolved, creative economy that once again demands a similar shake up of the status quo – as author Tony Schwartz explains, “Manage your energy, not your time.” In practical terms what this means is rethinking how you work, when you work, what your most productive environment is, and with whom.
Sitting at a desk for an uninterrupted eight to 10 hour day is not productive for most people; few can maintain full attention for that amount of time. Our ultradian rhythm responds well to 90 to 120 minute sessions, so if you break your working day down in to chunks, you can treat each chunk as an opportunity to achieve a task.
In a well-designed, co-working, collaborative or ﬂexible workspace you can choose where is best suited to maximise your productivity. In a busy oﬃce, the distractions are endless and it’s hard to ﬁnd the quiet needed to focus. Hot desks and private meeting rooms are ideal for activities which require concentration without interruption.
Recognising when you’re at your most productive and having the freedom to choose when and where you work is both liberating for the individual and beneﬁcial to the company. If you are able to work remotely then a ﬂexible solution, such as membership of a co-working space where you can start your day at a time to suit you, with access the stakes are high and ﬁrst impressions count, a high-speciﬁcation meeting room with reliable technology and personal service will make you and your business stand out. Every time you meet a client, you are demonstrating the values of your business by choosing where you meet. If you are speaking with an investor or looking to secure a key client, would you like to do so in a busy coﬀee shop or somewhere that they can be greeted professionally and taken care of? Choose a place that reﬂects your values and your ambitions, a place which solidiﬁes your reputation, rather than compromises it.
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This article was originally featured in The Informer – March 2019. To read the full magazine please click here