We want 2014 to be the year you get stuff done at Impact Hub Oakland! We have some tips to get you started at IHO.

Connect!

This may seem like an obvious tip but sometimes the most obvious steps are overlooked.

  1. Introduce yourself: We’re going to do everything we can here at IHO to connect you with members who have similar interests but the opportunity to develop organic relationships is still one of the most exciting parts of belonging to a co-working community. So when you walk in the door, smile, say “good morning”, chat with someone at the coffee bar, suggest to your table buddy to get lunch. Also, get to know your IHO staff and Founders, the better we know you the more we can connect you with resources and opportunities.

  2. Attend Orientation and Your Intake Interview: Want to meet 5+ new people all at once? Attend orientation. Orientation is a fantastic way to share your work and learn about what others are doing. During orientation we offer plenty of opportunities for you to discover new ways to collaborate with your fellow members.

  3. Join us for Sexy Salads every Friday! We supply the greens and our members bring the mix-ins, it’s a great way to end the week and maybe start a new partnership!

Take Breaks

As important as it is to buckle down and knock things off those to-do lists you can actually improve your productivity by setting aside time for breaks throughout your day. One tactic is to schedule breaks at specific intervals or whenever you finish a major task. Taking breaks prior to reaching your absolute threshold can keep you in fighting form instead of throwing you into a fatigue-rest cycle. So try to stop, walk around the block, get a refill of coffee or tea or chat with you Impact Hub Oakland staff before you start slurring your words. Your spine and metabolism will even thank you! Research shows that sitting is actually KILLING YOU. There are plenty of apps to remind you to take a break and move your body and rest your eyes, check them out for yourself!

Dig In!

In co-working, as with anything, you get out of it what you put in. A great way to get connected to your fellow Impact Hub Oakland community is to participate in events and programs hosted at the Hub. You’ll meet people who share your interests, learn something new and share your passions. Another great way to dig in is to host an event or workshop of your own. As a IHO member you have the privilege of working with our Events Manager to craft skills shares or other events that gain you exposure and add value to the IHO community.

Cone of Silence

All fun aside, you are at IHO to (co)WORK so there are times when you’ll need to place your undivided focus on a task. An almost foolproof way to do that is to institute the Cone of Silence. A co-working Cone of Silence can work a few different ways. One way is to find a quiet corner of the Hub and set yourself up, this way passersby and possible distractions can be minimized. Another strategy is to get yourself a pair of over-ear headphones (or even ear buds but those are less visible)–this signals to others that you’re trying to focus and thus would like to be left alone to do your work. Once you let the immediate world around you know that you’re occupied, it’s time to clear the e-clutter that can distract you from the task at hand. Here’s a few things to try:

  • Add a calendar item to indicate what you’re working on and for how long–this will let people who share your calendar know that you’re not to be disturbed.

  • Set your phone to silent or turn it off. Even short distractions can add up over the course of the day.  

  • Close your email program. What?! Yes. Setting aside intervals to check your email versus looking at it each time you receive a new one can keep you on task. There is nothing that can’t wait a little while for your undivided attention.

  • Close down instant messaging programs like Skype or G-Chat to minimize interruptions.

  • Watch your productivity soar and watch the world survive just fine without you for a couple hours.

We hope you found the tips above helpful, we’ll see you at the Hub getting it done!

danielle