How to be productive in coworking spaces

1. Get a pair of headphones: Noise-cancelling if possible – coworking spaces can get noisy, so it’s great to be able to switch off and focus on your work. Also, headphones acts as a great "Do Not Disturb" sign.

2. Structure your day: There’s nothing worse than co-working and not having a structure to your day. Multiple visits to the kitchen or making small talk with other coworkers becomes much more tempting! Because there’s no one looking over your shoulder, plan your day appropriately – what tasks are you going to tackle and when?

3. Know when to leave: Plan a time to stop as well – you don’t want the working day to drag on into the evening, which can happen if a coworking space is open 24 hours.

4. Make the most of networking opportunities: Lots of co-working spaces have networking events and other activities in the evening, all designed to help you get to know your fellow co-workers better. These are great events to go along to, as you can make new connections, get to know the community, plus you might even get a new business lead or two.

Ben Matthews is Director at Montfort, a digital marketing agency for social good. He also blogs on freelance life at

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