Before we dive in here.
The spirit of our website is one of productivity, unity, love and having fun.
I’d hate to kill your productivity with a blog you don’t need to read.
So if £350 a month for a coworking desk in zone one of London is not something you are looking for stop reading now.
If you are on the hunt for a place to do your deep work follow me
The Big News is:
We have six coworking desks available here @Work Hubs, the cthe space where I am based here in central London. (One of them is even next to mine.)
Ideally, you’ll be a freelancer, indie worker, independent economic agent, unemployable, micro business or whatever the terminology is this week.
You Just Won’t:
– Be a network marketer or sell subscriptions to an energy company as a side hustle.
(If you want to pour acid in your ears when people use the word “hustle” in a business context that would be great.)
– admire Donald Trump or Nigel Farge,
– be chasing around London seeking to fund your ‘game changing’ Sharing Economy Start Up.
– You won’t get your news from Mashable, Daily Mail, Periscope.
– Sorry, there is no member of the month award either.
– I think that is everything.
I am keen to say you don’t have to be uber cool, have the latest Apple device, an OBE or a public school education to be part of this community.
Work Alone. Together.
What you will be up for is taking part in a community that you will help shape in the next few months.
That does not mean you have to read 10 books about community or know it all, just show up when you like and be yourself.
In October @Work Hubs members can participate in peer to peer “Working Out Loud Circles” based on John Stepper’s framework.
This will enable you to move like you have the home team advantage, and slowly other co-workers will become your teammates.
Just be yourself.
Free Beer Tap And Table Football
In the absence of a free beer tap, table football and a gym we have a few small and regular events – which are:
Every two weeks on a Tuesday we have our “bring and share” breakfast where you bring something to throw on the table and we all dive in, friends of @Work Hubs come to this too.
Any left-over food goes in our Olio ‘Food Sharing’ Fridge so we can share it.
Just to be clear, sometimes breakfast ends up being three shit jam tarts, while other times there is beautiful organic, vegan sprinkled with fairy dust – all depends on who is taking part.
We are surrounded by little cafes, including the one used in BBC’s Sherlock vegetarian Indian restaurants and shops nearby you can fill up from.
Come to the next breakfast event RSVP Here
Write Club (Deep Work)
Every Thursday for two hours a group of us handcuff ourselves to a table and just write.
We all have to produce blogs, web copy and articles for our work and this is the one time we know can ship it.
We then eat our lunch together and chat about copywriting, apps, web and e-mail – it really is that wild.
To join in the next one RSVP here
We are also deeply plugged into the OuiShare Community , Copass and Coworking Europe Communities.
At the end of November 2016, all these worlds collide at the Copass Camp at the 5th Coworking Europe event in Brussels, the video below is from Lisbon in 2014
What To Do Next,
The best thing to do is sneak into one of the events and don’t tell anyone you are checking the place out, then you will catch us with our guard down and no one will try and sell you anything.
Of course you can come for a free trail day to see how the place works for you.
If you are reading this and are not in London please share this to people you know it will work for.
If you can’t wait to come contact Philip the founder here, or give me a shout via the contact form below.
Thanks for reading!
I have really got into tracking my time in the last few months.
It is out of frustration rather than amazingness needing to hand in time sheets.
I don’t like trading time for money, it is dumb in this day and age and even dumber if you are a freelancer or indie worker, but that is another blog.
If you are wondering about the David Bowie picture, well I love him and need to get a refinance in as often as I can! But read on there is some blogging gold coming up. I think.
I have been using Rescue Time app for well over five years now and it was a punch in the face how much time I spent on social media, especially Facebook.
I did not think I used Facebook that much, I was more of a twitter and Instagram kinda guy.
Facebook is a fucking wormhole, watch out! HOURS for what?
Also, I spent a lot of time on Amazon and Audible even when I don’t need to buy anything.
Hang On To Your Self
Rescue Time also highlighted where I was NOT spending time.
The best places for me to hang out on my computer are Rainmaker for my site and @Work Hubs, Trello, Google Apps and Mind Meister – mapping app.
This is where all my meaningful high-value work is done, what I really mean is this is the shit I can do that converts into cold hard cash.
So why would I hang out on Facebook?
It delivers short term reward for me, a lot of our family and friends live outside London and the UK so I can keep up with them.
Somewhere deep in a synaptic tendon next to a molecule of serotonin on its way to my medulla is a little voice saying “getting them to like your picture on Facebook is as good as a plane trip – isn’t it?
The frustration was knowing what I have to do, having the time to do and then suddenly waking up and not to have done it.
I am way past the point of putting it down to being dyslexic, depressed or laughing about being easily distracted.
I have all those things going on and coping systems in place to fend off and overcome that toxic and self-loathing behaviour.
Lacerate Your Brain
While I have no empirical evidence to hand I am certain that flicking through Facebook every day for a few hours crushes your head.
The combination of scrolling and never ending combined with shit news from shit news channels and people you know doing ever so slightly better than you is like pouring acid into our head. Well, my head anyway.
All the knives seem to lacerate your brain
I’ve had my share, I’ll help you with the pain
Productive Tension – helps me with the pain
I am now in my 3rd week of my first 12 Week Year. I have deeply deeply deeply committed to tracking what I do and don’t do and how these daily actions serve to transition me from a life I tolerate to one where #Babybernie, #Supercoolwife and I are thriving in the sunshine.
Instead of diving into deep depression (like I did this time last year) the 12 Week Year has quickly taught me to recognise this ‘doom’ as “Productive Tension” –
“One interesting thing that often happens around this time in the 12 Week Year, is what we call “Productive Tension.” Productive tension is the uncomfortable feeling you get when you’re not doing the things you know you need to do to reach your goals.
Productive Tension is exactly what you want to experience. It is the lead indicator of substantive change. If you eliminate bailing out as an option, then the discomfort of Productive Tension will eventually compel you to take action on your tactics. If turning back is not an option, then the only way to resolve the discomfort is to move forward by executing your plan.”
(Moran and Lennington 12 Week Year)
I have always suspected I am playing way smaller than I am capable of.
(Just don’t tell anyone I said that.)