Wednesday 27 February 2019

Working in a Co-working Space

Having support for any venture can affect how productive a person is, and nowhere is this more evident than the coworking space. The coworking space presents businesses with so many opportunities to get traction in Australia’s diverse business communities simply because it is a community in and of itself. One of the reasons this is true is because, while co-working started out as a place for start-ups to collaborate within a safe space, it has evolved to become a place where social interaction is firmly entrenched in the workspace.

Australia’s version of the coworking space is as equally engaging as the rest of the world in that the mix of sun, sea, and city leisure makes a great cocktail for business success when combined with the workspace. A lot of fun goes on in the coworking space, but make no mistake, a lot of work gets done as well. For those seeking a premium coworking space - Servcorp Australia has one of the best combinations of structured workspace complemented by a convivial atmosphere. Continue reading to learn about the benefits of working in a supportive coworking community.

Finding Mentors
An integral part of developing a business is connecting with others who know more about the business. In a normal workspace environment, these professionals are your colleagues. However, those who own businesses or are self-employed professionals will not get this same interaction unless they are extremely proactive in finding others to connect with outside of their workspace.

The coworking space, alternatively, sets the tone for making all kinds of relationships. In fact, those who choose the popular hot desk as workspace can find themselves interacting with a different person every day of the week if they choose to do so. Furthermore, the professional profile of the coworking space is so diverse that you can find yourself meeting and making friends with people from all fields, ages, and backgrounds.

Belonging To An Inclusive Atmosphere
While the coworking space is a very diverse space, it is also at the same time very inclusive. Many people go about their office search looking for workspace and can do pretty well in this environment, but that is all they get - a place to work. The coworking space presents professionals with the chance to engage professionals from around the world, as Australia’s populations are a mix of both indigenous, European, Asian, and other international cultures. Even the space is very diverse, a concentration on community development is the gel that encourages professionals to participate in the community.

Getting A Chance To Build Teams
The function of the coworking space is so fluid that professionals can meet and be on teams soon after joining the space. Most spaces currently make room for collaboration to occur among teams, whether this space is a designated conference room or whether there are spaces within the open floor plan that are used for collaboration. The chance to work with like-minded people on projects that can potentially raise a platform for other discussions involving your business is priceless and yet another way to benefit from a supportive environment.

Make Life-Long Friendships
The coworking space is a pretty cool space to work. It is one of the most laid-back working environments and one that allows businesses and professionals to potentially work and talk with one another. These opportunities can also help you build a cache of life-long business relationships that can be your support system long after you move onto bigger and better things.

Getting Support And Inspiration
In the end, the coworking space translates into the chance for businesses to create a broad base of support within several industries. More importantly, the coworking community that you create can be a source for both comradery and industry. In the workspace, this perfect combination can serve as inspiration for collaboration within the larger business community. 

Till next time... have a great week!

Sunday 24 February 2019

Top Tips To Brighten Up Your Home!

The brightness of a space can impact so much on how your home looks and feels. It impacts your mood, your guests, and it can even make your home features look dull. However you can give your home the best outlook by investing in the brightness of your home. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s our top tips to harnessing light in your home.

The right curtains and blinds
First and foremost, your windows are of course the most important consideration when discussing light in your home. They are often the only source of light, so you need to be smart with how you frame them. Sheer curtains and plantation shutters are a popular solution for many homeowners. They are white and light in design, and can filter in large amounts of light while still offering privacy. Frame your windows with the right tools, so that you can harness as much brightness into those spaces that need it most. Depending on the build of your home, you can also explore the cost and process of adding ceiling to floor windows or large bay window in your home. This may be an expensive option, but worth looking into.

Skylights are one of the first things prescribed by interior designers. Why? They give so much incremental light to homes of all sizes and styles, and they are completely unobtrusive. Artificial light can only take you so far, and it’s not always the right vibe at various points in the day. Talk to a skylight provider today, and discuss your lighting complications to find out where and how many they would recommend for your space. Also remember that luxury additions like skylights are yet another feature that will add value to your home.

Strategic colours
The brightness of your home is absolutely influenced by the colours you choose to paint your home with. Those maroon or navy walls, while bold, will not make your home seem bright - regardless of what time of day it is. Choose a lighter paint palette or neutral colours to inject some brightness into your home. Having white or light walls is an easy way to increase your brightness tenfold, and it provides a blank canvas for you to inject fun and bright cushions, table clothes, couch throws and occasional furniture. 

Balance the weight of a room
So you have lots of light, the right colours, and it still doesn’t feel quite bright enough? You may have a heavy room on your hands. As the old saying goes, less is more. And too many items, furniture and cluttered bookshelves and tables will give your room a weight that is hard to balance. Do a critical assessment of each room, and nominate what can be removed or repurposed. Balancing your space is hard to do because you grow attached to your belongings, but if they are serving no purpose other than sucking the bright life from your home - they may have to go. There is even a movement where people are living without furniture altogether. You can enlist the help of a trusted friend to give you a neutral opinion on what you can stand to lose from the room.

The quest to a brighter home is one that will bring you much joy, and give you a more relaxing space to unwind or entertain your family and friends. For many, this is a lifelong pursuit so don’t be disheartened if your home isn’t too much brighter by the end of the week. Start with your more important rooms first, and then roll your efforts out to the greater home.

Till next time... keep it simple, keep it bright!

Saturday 16 February 2019

Keeping It Clean!

Your family can bring you joy, pride, heartache, shock and fun. But any family, especially one containing children, also brings along its fair share of mess. Hands leave sticky smears on any polished surface in sight, shoes track unmentionable horrors through your carpet, food falls, pots over-boil, and priceless family heirlooms smash on kitchen tiles. Mess is one of those problems that keeps getting worse until you deal with it. With that in mind, here’s some simple advice for keeping things clean.

Have the Right Tools
This one seems self-explanatory, but it’s important to remember that not all appliances are made equal, and it can be worth forking out a little cash for quality mops, brooms, or vacuum cleaners. The idea is to look at speed and ease of use. Life doesn’t stop for a shattered plate, so you need to be able to clean with minimal disruption.

This also covers things like cleaning chemicals, mops, brooms and even rags.

It can be a challenge, but if your home is tidy, things become significantly easier in the cleaning department. It’s not always possible with children, but if everything has a place it belongs then smoothening out the occasional catastrophe becomes simple. This has the added bonus of teaching everyone in the home what the space is supposed to look like. It’s necessary, because it means that it gives big cleaning tasks a clear end point, which is especially helpful when cleaning with children.

Having a place for all your cleaning equipment is especially useful when organising rags, chemicals and sponges. You probably don’t want the rag that was used in the bathroom to double cleaning duty around the kitchen sink or the dinner table.

Get Everyone On Board
Make sure everyone knows what to do when there’s a mess. If a glass shatters in the kitchen, teach your kids to stay clear of the space. If they are a little bit older, maybe they can fetch the broom. Again, tidiness will help. If the broom is always in the same place, then there is no need to form a search party just to find it.

A key part of cleanliness is maintaining a consistent level throughout the home. This means that cleaning duties can be shared out equally, or according to ability in the case of young children. If you are getting your kids to help, remember that there is nothing worse than cleaning up while somebody else is taking it easy.

With this in mind, make sure you openly communicate with other members of the household or, better yet, see if more than one person can tackle each job. A cleaning schedule can be useful for keeping track of those things. Just remember that, despite your best efforts, cleaning as a family is going to require varying degrees of nagging and cajoling. Be prepared to offer desserts, walks to the park, and screen-time in exchange for cleaning.
Having a cluttered, chaotic, messy home is stressful. Everyone want to enjoy their living space, and you can’t do that if you spend all your time shifting mess from one area to another without ever actually dealing with it. 

While responsibility for mess is an important lesson to teach, that responsibility can be shared. Try and think of mess as simply being part of a running household. The home consists of everybody, and so everybody is responsible for maintaining it's cleanliness.

Till next time... keep it clean!

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