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5 Elements To Improve Your Work Productivity Today

If you're reading this, you understand the pains that come alongside of working from home, in coffee shops, in your work vehicle, a public library, or even in the back of Panera.

Thankfully, there are many quick ways to instantly improve your productivity while trying to get work done. A few free secrets: all you need to do is make a quick run to Target, sign up for Spotify Premium, or check out your local coworking spaces.

There's more than just that however. Let's get to it.

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1. Bright, natural lighting

This is not only crucial for the natural process of your body, Vitamin D, etc.. but it's truly has an enormous effect on our physical and mental well-being.

It turns out cooler light makes workers more productive. Exposure to natural light is especially beneficial to workers cooped up in an office all day. Natural light from both the morning and evening has been found to decrease depression and improve mood, energy, alertness and productivity.

 

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The Fellow Coworking work from home startup business Manhattan Kansas coworking shared office space

2. Music

Spotify Premium is our go to. We all have our own music that brightens the day, motivates us to run and exercise, meditate and relax. This holds true for working and productivity as well.

We've found that upbeat, instrumental jams along with throwing it back to the 70's, 80's, 90's, and even simply choosing the curated playlists Spotify already has listed. You can find and follow our work playlist here!

 

 

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3. Plants

The easiest to maintain and the prettiest to look at: Snake Plant, Philodendron, and Jade.

 

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4. Get rid of closeby distractions

We all know working from home is toxic because of distractions like dishes, Netflix, kids, pets, and so on. One of the quickest ways to be more productive is to make your workspace as clean and clear as possible.

Creating space for a dedicated workspace in a second bedroom of your house for work only is a good start.

 

 

 

 

 

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5. Coworking

Number 5. You guessed it. Coworking.

Actually, maybe not. Coworking is thriving in large cities, but only a small number of remote employees, small business owners, and entrepreneurs are turning to coworking spaces in cities under 60,000. We believe coworking cures the first four of these ideas instantly.

We've designed our space with all four, and more, in mind. One of our members put it best by saying, "I've gotten more done with my business in the past year than I ever would have at home."

Coworking is simply a shared office space, with business amenities, resources, and flexibility. It is on the rise, and estimated that by the end of this year, 1.7 million people will be working in over 19,000 coworking spaces.

Everyone gets their first day free to our coworking space! We want you to believe coworking for yourself. Stop by anytime, fill up a mug with fresh coffee, and get work done!

See you soon!

Reworking the Work Space - Manhattan Magazine

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The Fellow Coworking Manhattan Kansas shared office space entrepreneur coffee shop remote employee

(Original feature in The Manhattan Magazine.)

The space of a car was all the room Josh Hicks needed to conceptualize his big idea.

During a drive home to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens with his wife, Shelby Hicks, her brother and his wife, Josh learned that his vision to create a shared space for small businesses was not a new concept. His brother-in-law was already a member of a coworking space in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

"It was like the sun came out for the first time in six months," Josh says, realizing that he and Shelby didn't have to "create this whole animal."

The couple and their team received keys to the building to began renovations about 12 weeks after Josh’s epiphany. They drove to Sioux Falls that same day to participate in a 12 hour think tank workshop with other owners of coworking spaces.
 

Josh, Shelby, co-founders Derek Richards and Caleb Amundson, and co-owner Allyn Weddle, enlisted a crew of volunteers to stage an eight week renovation of The Fellow’s building at 1125 Westport Drive to make it “modern, clean, and open.”

Concurrently, they pre-sold memberships and prepared for a launch part in April 2016 to beat the exodus that occurs during the summer vacation season. Fast forward. Today, The Fellow’s six sold out private offices have a waiting list, and its 3,000 square feet of coworking space are shared by half of the up to 60 members-small business owners who are 21 and older-who can use it as an office away from home, particularly when no office exists. It’s a small membership fee to use the space, or interested parties can purchase day passes to try it out. The first day is free.

The Fellow has served more than a shared working environment, however. Art shows, live music, non-profit events, and even church services are held in the building’s gathering spaces, which include a consultation nook, conference room, and a cafe- each furnished with technology. Josh and Shelby’s personal experience as small business owners served as their inspiration for opening The Fellow. “My wife and I are also photographers, so we were working from home and coffee shops,” Josh says. “We finally hit that rut of working from home.”

The lack of a true work environment and the distraction of everyday duties began to cripple the couple’s morale. They created their new business venture to avert such a struggle for small business owners like themselves. “The Fellow is for anyone who works from home, coffee shops, or remotely,” Josh says. “It is a space, but it has members.. It’s its own community.”

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Free Day Access for National Coworking Day

National Coworking Day is celebrated by shared office spaces all around the world each year on August 9th. We first heard about the annual event from our friends who own and manage Plexpod, a coworking space in Kansas City. They are attempting to host the worlds largest day of coworking, and it makes sense. Plexpod recently purchased the old Westport middle school and high school, and is converting nearly 360,000 square feet into usable coworking space.

For National Coworking Day in Manhattan, we will be offering free day passes for whoever wants to come through our doors tomorrow.

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That's right. Free wifi, free coffee (provided by Arrow Coffee Co,) free desk space, and even free conference room reservations are all available tomorrow.

If you enjoy your day trying out our coworking space, you can sign up for any membership and get the first month 50% off.

 

We hope to see you tomorrow!

NEXT Student Design Competition Sparks New Business

NEXT Student Design Competition Sparks New Business

In fact, just one week after he won the competition, Amundson’s friend approached him with a business idea. He wanted to open a coworking space in Manhattan, Kansas and he needed help.

The Fellow provides space for learning, collaboration

 The Fellow provides spaces for their members to hold conferences and meetings for their business. There is 24/7 access for people with memberships and unlimited Arrow coffee. (Sarah Falcon | The Collegian)

The Fellow provides spaces for their members to hold conferences and meetings for their business. There is 24/7 access for people with memberships and unlimited Arrow coffee. (Sarah Falcon | The Collegian)

(Original story posted by K-State Collegian)

Last summer, Josh Hicks and his then-fiancée Shelby Larsen, both photographers working from coffee shops and their homes, had the idea of creating a “studio-like space” for work.

“I was not encouraged or inspired to keep editing or keep taking photos because working at home was just so awful; I did not enjoy it anymore,” said Hicks, co-owner, space manager and member caretaker of The Fellow. 

Hicks said he and Larsen talked about the issues with working from home or from coffee shops to come up with the idea of The Fellow.

“One day it was like a lightbulb of, ‘Why don’t we get other friends, photographers, get a studio space, edit from there together and split the rent?’” Hicks said. 

The word spread quickly and three more people from different backgrounds joined the couple to create what became the first co-working space in Manhattan. 

Hicks, Larsen, Matt Amick, Caleb Amundson and Derek Richards combined forces to create an interactive and motivational place for the Manhattan community known as The Fellow. 

Co-working space is defined by the Harvard Business Review as a membership-based workspace where diverse groups of freelancers, remote workers and other independent professionals work together in a shared, communal setting.

Larsen, co-owner, event coordinator and volunteer coordinator, said that they are shaping the space to the needs of the community. What once started out as something only for photographers, today focuses on the needs and wants of the community. 

“If you look at the outcome of it, there is only a percentage of us that are photographers and that was our initial mindset,” Larsen said. “Now, so many people want to utilize the space.”

Based on this idea, Amundson, co-owner, visual and branding coordinator and art curator as well as K-State graduate student in interior architecture and product design, took over the design of the space. 

“The concept for this space was the Aristotle quote, ‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,'” Amundson said. “Basically, (that’s) the entirety of what The Fellow is — it’s only as good as all the members coming together, the collaboration that can be achieved.” 

Additionally, the place and its logo represents a matrix, where the brackets represent the space and the individual numbers inside stand for the members. This is his representation for a collaborative and interactive space, Amundson said.

The place also hosts what they call 11/25, which are two hours during lunch time where business consultant Jeff Koenig and financial adviser Tim Weddle are available to help members with their own business or projects. 

Another benefit for members is the possibility to further their education with weekly community workshops or, as the owners and members call them, “conversations,” Hicks said. The idea behind this is that a member will share knowledge on his field of expertise with other members, according to Hicks. 

Some of the businesses that are founding members of this space are Duell Construction, which helped with the renovation of the place, JNT Company, which designed and named the conference room and Arrow Coffee Co., which provides the members free coffee every day.

 

Today, The Fellow has more than 50 members and its leadership team is expecting to get to 100 by the end of this year. However, according to Larsen, the main goal is not in numbers but in making the members feel valued, appreciated and helping them spark their businesses by providing an inspiring cooperative space to work in.