You might know what a shared workspace is, but do you know the simplest ways to work smarter in one? If not, look here.
Have you ever been in a situation where a course or a seminar has a classroom in which all students must share limited resources such as laptops and textbooks? We call this situation “Shared Workspace”, and it can be quite challenging for some people because it requires sharing with other classmates who may have different levels of experience when it comes to assigned projects or tasks. In this article we will present five quick tips that can help you cope with challenges in working in a Shared Workspace environment.
1. Make sure you sit next to people who are friendly, helpful and not distracting.
It’s very important that you choose people who will be enjoyable to work with and won’t distract you from your goals. Be sure to look for people who aren’t constantly on their phones, don’t complain about trivial issues and offer feedback when necessary, and most importantly: don’t distract or bother you while you’re working. You can do this by covering part of the desk (such as your laptop) with a notebook so nobody else can use it unless permission is granted, or simply by asking them politely to leave you alone until later because you need to focus right now. If they are friendly, talkative individuals then it might be worth engaging with them during breaks or after class!
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It is always a good idea to personalize your workspace as much as you can, such as by placing photos on the walls and bringing stuffed animals or other personal objects that make the place feel like more of your own room. It’s easier to focus on work if you aren’t getting distracted by all those notifications on Facebook or Twitter; and it’s also more enjoyable to work in an environment where you find familiar things. This might be more difficult for students who share their workspace with several members of different faculties, but if it is possible then we encourage you to bring at least some bits and pieces from home!
3. Make friends with people around you!
One great way to cope with sharing a workspace would be to organize small events that encourage conversation and social interactions. You can do this by organizing informal ‘lunch’ meetings, where everybody brings some food to share with others; or you could simply spend time together after class has ended. This will help people familiarize themselves with each other’s skills and capabilities, because if they are good friends then they might work very well as a team in future projects or jobs!
4. If you have a device such as a laptop or tablet, make sure to protect it from unauthorized access.
Even though many laptops now come with fingerprint recognition capabilities etc., it is still a good idea to password-protect your computer so that nobody else can use it without permission from the owner (that would be you!). It only makes sense to share your laptop, textbook or other objects with people you trust; if there are no words to describe the level of trust between you and another person then it isn’t worth sharing.
5. It is okay for everyone not to be equally skilled at certain tasks.
If a group project requires teamwork but some members aren’t great writers then they can contribute in other ways that don’t require writing, such as by doing research online about alternative options. It is important to make sure all team members are able to contribute fairly even if one member needs help from others who might have more experience! Most importantly: it’s important not to make anyone feel bad or inadequate because they aren’t great at tasks that someone else might be better at.
As long as everyone tries their best and feels included, then it’s okay for people not to be equally skilled at certain tasks.
Shared workspaces can be a great way to get out of the house and meet new people, but it’s important to make sure you set up your space for success. By following these five quick tips, you can make the most of your shared workspace and increase your productivity. If you’re looking for a more collaborative environment, call us today!
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