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Taylor Ryan is an American entrepreneur living in Copenhagen, Denmark. 6x Startup Founder: Current CEO of ArchitectureQuote - Saas Platform for Architects and Growth Hacking Agency - KlintMarketing Over the last four years, Taylor has run the marketing departments for some of Denmark's fastest growing startups.

He’s the lead instructor of Talent Garden's 2 day growth-hacking masterclass

His latest venture is organizing, Growth Secrets, a Free growth-hacking event series for Copenhagen’s startup community

6 Ways Remote Working is Increasing Productivity

Remote working is on the rise, being seen as an increasingly attractive option by both employers and employees for a number of reasons. According to a recent report regarding remote working hours conducted by Flexjobs, around 3.9 million workers in the US opt to work from home a minimum of 2-3 days per week.

Remote working has always been a staple of the startup scene and is one reason why millennial workers often prefer startups over large corporations. Big corporations are also beginning to understand the benefits of working remotely, however. Working from home appeals to workers due to the greater flexibility of working hours, the comfort of working where they choose, and work-life balance this affords them.

Increased productivity is observed when working remotely, and this is a major advantage for employers among the many benefits of remote working. This fact is perhaps surprising for some, but remote working has been shown to enhance productivity and as such companies are rapidly adopting remote working practices.

The following sheds light on the various ways remote working is enhancing productivity.

Less Time and Energy Spent Commuting

Presuming remote working implies working from home, or close to home, time spent commuting to and from the office is significantly reduced if not totally eliminated. The worker consequently spends this time adding value to the business, and thus increases productivity. When taking into account the time and effort spent to look presentable for an office environment, remote working can save a total of 1-2 hours per day per employee.

A long and overcrowded train journey can leave employees drained, and circumventing this by working from home further increases productivity. The energy exhausted commuting will be saved and the employee will have greater mental and physical stamina to contribute to their work.

Working remotely reduces the overall time required to get into the ‘work mindset’ as you are in a place of your choosing, and so are already in a relaxed state. This allows you to complete a greater number of tasks to a higher degree of quality and thus increases productivity.

Increased Flexibility

Another advantage of remote working for employees is the flexibility to manage one's own time. A remote worker has the liberty to work anytime and from anywhere. They are not chained to their desk for the typical 9-5 office hours and are only committed to being available to respond to company communications and complete their assigned projects within a set deadline.

Remote working presents the opportunity to manage personal and social responsibilities with work in a more holistic way. For example, an employee has to take their child to a doctors appointment. The remote worker is not limited to the fixed opening and closing hours of an office. They are able to schedule work around this commitment by allocating time outside normal office hours to completing tasks.

Greater autonomy regarding time management increases the job satisfaction of employees significantly. This motivates them to contribute to projects as they feel their needs are also being met, and contented employees are key to increased productivity for any business.

The comfort quotient

A comfortable atmosphere promotes productivity as a relaxed state of mind is critical for inspiring creativity. The flexibility to work from home allows employees to work however they feel most comfortable, without needing to appear professional. When working from home there is no formal dress code or obligation to sit in a particular manner.

Remote working affords employees control over their personal work environment, and this motivates them to want to produce their best work. This view is underscored by research from the Canada Life Group, which found that homeworkers ranked higher in productivity with a score of 7.7 out of 10 when compared to that of office workers (6.5 out of 10).

Reduces workspace stress

Office spaces commonly feature bright lights, with the aim of creating a vibrant and illuminated space. Many hours of working under these bright lights however can unknowingly increase stress levels, and a stressed employee is typically unable to maintain a constant level of productivity.

Stress can lead to conflict in the workplace as well as severe health issues, and employees cannot continue producing high-quality work under such conditions for extended periods. Remote workers do not face such problems and thus enjoy reduced stress levels associated with work.

Office politics is also prevalent in the workplace and can generate unnecessary stress among office workers. By working from home such situations can be avoided and employees can focus on their projects with a calm mind.

No Geographical Restrictions on Talent Pool

When an employer restricts themselves to a physical location, they limit their ability to recruit appropriately skilled employees. This is especially relevant when seeking an employee with a specific or niche skill that you require.

Workers with specific skills are aware of their own worth to a company, and the fact that they are scarce on the job market. As the trend towards digitization continues, workers are also aware that it is no longer a necessity to work at the company’s office and may expect to be able to work remotely.

A potential employee may not want to relocate in order to work for you, and if they do, will likely expect a substantial rise in their salary as compensation. This will either increase your outgoings on human resources or limit your talent pool considerably.

By considering remote workers, you have limitless access to workers anywhere in the world, without incurring additional expense. This enables you to build a team of skilled personnel that best suit the individual needs of your business, recruiting from anywhere in the world. This highly equipped team will reward you with increased productivity.

Less distraction

According to data collected by SurePayroll, 61% of employees label ‘loud colleagues’ as the biggest factor affecting their productivity. Another 86% cited working alone as crucial in maximizing productivity. This data implies that a calm distraction-free atmosphere is conducive to a focused mind and as such vital in improving productivity.

The office environment is typically full of distractions, with noisy colleagues and office politics to indulge in. Such distractions can shift focus from work-related tasks and reduce productivity levels. Working remotely removes the distractions associated with the office environment., though admittedly when working from home there are different domestic distractions and personal responsibilities to manage.

By allowing workers to determine their own schedule these distractions are mitigated by the mutual understanding that a flexible schedule still has deadlines. It is therefore the worker's responsibility to manage their domestic liabilities without compromising their professional ones. As a result, focus and concentration are increased which invariably increases productivity.

Given the stated benefits of remote working, employers should begin to more fully embrace the trend as a realistic and practical business model. Startups have long championed the advantages of remote working culture, and recently large corporations like Philips, Amazon, Cigna and Dell have begun to experiment with the concept.

The data confirms that workers today (and especially the younger generation) prefer to work in a space of their choosing and in their own way. As more of our work moves online, the need to report to an office becomes less significant, and employees know this.

The remote working trend looks set to stay as the preferred option over a conventional physical workspace, perhaps leading to the dissolution of a need for office space in the future. Whilst the future is uncertain, employers must adapt to changes in working culture if they hope to attract the skilled labor they require to maintain a competitive edge in business.

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Coworking and Social Support

Coworking spaces offer a lot of benefits: one of which is the social support. Social support generally refers to different ways through which people assist each other. It has been proved that social support is good for health and well-being. Considering this fact it is important to have healthy social network in any working environment, otherwise you may fail to do your best no matter how hard you try. Let’s read what we can gain through social support in a co-working environment.

New levels of encouragement We are social creatures and we always need someone to lean on, to inspire and sometimes emotionally assist us. In a coworking environment we have got the platform to give and receive all the encouragement and emotional support we need for us and our projects.

More motivation from now on Your coworker colleagues are a completely new source of motivation for you. What else we need if not like-minded creative people full of new ideas to brighten us and fill us with much more motivation?

Reduced stress levels The presence of social network in a working environment reduces stress levels. This is a totally new working era with no competing colleagues, angry bosses and tensed relations. People tend to have weak physical health when they have long working hours. Thus, a bunch of laughter or a share of an inspiring idea will be all you need to feel relaxed and work effectively for the next long hours.

New friendships Definitely a good place to get to know like-minded people and create new friendships. Now during tensed working hours you can have someone to have short breaks with and have a chance to share your ideas and concerns.

Higher self-esteem Self-esteem is many times connected to social support level. The more support a person believes he receives, the higher his self-esteem is. Researchers have mentioned that people who are highly competent in their sphere but receive low amount of support have lower levels of self-esteem than the ones receiving more social support.

Synergies with each other’s businesses Coworking places generally offer different kinds of events, especially networking events which can be rather beneficial for your business. You will get to know the founders of many amazing projects having a chance to cooperate with them.

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Inspirational Quotes

No matter how motivated you are and how many goals you pursue, each day you need some kind of motivation to move on. It’s very easy to dream and set goals but it’s not that easy to work to achieve them. What lies on the basis of each success is a real hard work.

I have prepared a list of quotes for you by successful people to make you feel much more motivated and do your best to achieve your goals and make your dreams a reality.

  • Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius (Chinese philosopher)
  • Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success. Virat Kohli (Indian cricketer)
  • Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It's the best part of the day. George Allen (American football coach)
  • Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams. Donovan Bailey (Olympic athlete)
  • Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Aristotle (Greek philosopher)
  • Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish. Brad Henry (Former Governor of Oklahoma)
  • A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. Lao Tzu (Chinese philosopher)
  • Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas A. Edison (American inventor)
  • Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. Saint Augustine (Philosopher)
  • Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it. Henry Ford (American captain of industry)
  • The fruit of your own hard work is the sweetest. Deepika Padukone (Indian film actress)
  • Just be yourself. Be honest, work towards a goal, and you'll achieve it. Emraan Hashmi (Indian film actor)
  • Go after what you really love and find a way to make that work for you, and then you'll be a happy person. Tom Petty (American singer)
  • Working hard and working smart sometimes can be two different things. Byron Dorgan (United States Senator)
  • Management is nothing more than motivating other people. Lee Iacocca (American executive)
  • Work harder than anybody you've ever seen. That's what I believe. Meek Mill (American hip-hop artist)

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How to keep work-life balance?

Nowadays one of the crucial problems that people face is the lack of time. Many of us choose to work hard to earn money and gain better living conditions and high social status. By choosing this way we dedicate significant amount of time to our job or even worse: several jobs at the same time. And what happens as a result is the short amount of time left for living “outside” the job. You can say you “live” only at weekends as the weekdays are like alarm-coffee-traffic-workplace and coffee-workplace-traffic-bed. If you think you are free at weekends, let me make you sad and say that you are not. The fact is that here you have to make not-so-easy choices: choose whether to stay in bed all day and fix the lack of sleep gained during the whole week or to do housework or to enjoy your hobbies, to visit parents or finally meet a friend who you promised to meet already 3 months back or go for a walk. As a conclusion, it’s always hard to keep work-life balance when you have chosen the life of not only a dreamer but a dreamer + a hardworker. Let’s speak about some things we can change in our lives towards better work-life balance.

Set your goals

Messed up mind is not good, clarify your dreams, set your goals and start working. By not making decisions and not setting priorities in our life we lose the track and don’t know from where to start and where to finish. So be planned and organized, keep prioritizing and always keep the question “What is that one thing that I can’t live without?” on your mind. We should determine and specify our goals as much as we can.

Enjoy your work

Once your goals are set you should enjoy every minute of your life which leads you to your goals. Workplace is a place where we spend significant amount of time which means if we hate our job, we will be stressed out and sad the most part of the day. That’s not something we would like to happen, right? So if your work is not your dream job, think about all the positive things your job brings into your life. And why not, if you do not enjoy your work, consider changes, be flexible and always stay in search of something better and awesome for you. You are awesome and your job should be awesome as well.

Be patient

“Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Achieving anything great takes time especially when it comes to career which is not something you can build in a day. You should be ambitious and patient at the same time. Focus on your present, your current job and current tasks and always do your best. The positive results will follow.

Create your own rules and boundaries

Set your own boundaries and separate your personal life from working life. If you don’t do it yourself, others will dictate you. Turn off your computer when you do not want to work, decide specific times for checking your email, turn off any work related notifications not to trouble you while you are having rest with family and friends. Try to make special events with family and your dear people. Remember, your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.

Work smarter not harder

Honestly it’s not the hours that matter, it’s the quality of the work done that matters. You can work long hours but be less productive. Meanwhile you can have significant results by working less hours but working in a smart way. Working in a smart way includes being patient and organized, taking breaks whenever you need, having less distractions and high motivation.

Leave work at work

When you finish you working day, write down whatever is on your mind, new ideas, new tasks, make your to do list for the next working day and shut down your PC leaving your notes as well. Release your mind from all those tasks as soon as you walk out the door. Think that your working day is over already and try to think about other things in your life.

Forget about perfection

“What you have done may not be perfect but it is good enough.” Don’t put extra pressure on yourself. If you think about perfection all the time you will end up forgetting everything else and just working and working from workplace, from home, from restaurants, etc. Sorry to say but still you will not find perfection, instead you will just lose your personal life and gain exhausted brain and body.

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Who would not be thrilled by the idea of doing his favorite job at his favorite place within his favorite hours?

No doubt each of us feels tired at some point of our life because of the tough working schedule, tensed atmosphere at workplace, competition-driven interpersonal relations, etc. Coworking spaces serve as an alternative for us to get more satisfaction from our work. How does coworking help us to achieve this?

Here are some benefits coworking has:

You are your own guide!

You have a chance to settle everything the way it fits the best for you. You choose the coworking space you prefer and stuck to your favorite job as many hours and as many days as you wish. You are the one to manage and monitor yourself, to prioritize and coordinate your work. No superior-inferior relations. It’s just you and your work. You are the one to build and lead your professional career.

You get a space to meet like-minded people!

Coworking space is the place where you would meet enthusiastic, self-driven people like you and you have a chance to expand your network, socialize and make friends with people representing different professional spheres.

Are you an introvert? Not a big deal for you anymore!

Coworking spaces do not force you to socialize with your colleagues. You are free to choose whether to communicate with people or just sit down with headphones and enjoy your work with nobody bothering you. You still feel a part of the team without the need to share talks often. Worn out from tough working schedules? Choose working hours yourself! You can do the time management for your job yourself. You already know the part of the day you can concentrate the most, the amount of hours you can work effectively and thus you can form your own schedule not ignoring your personal characteristics.

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Productivity tips: Stop and Start List

Ever wondered how to be more productive? Let us discover together the efficient ways of becoming more productive in your working life.

Stop waiting for perfection!

Perfection does not exist which means if you keep waiting to reach it, you will stay forever waiting. Never postpone doing something waiting for a perfect moment to start doing it. That perfect moment will never come and what you simply do is just postponing. The perfect moment of doing something is right now. So instead of waiting for a perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect.

Stop believing that you can manage to do everything!

Do not treat yourself as someone having superpower. It is quite normal that there are some things in life that you are not good at or you cannot figure out much. So leave those things to the people who can do them better and instead focus on the things where you feel at home.

Stop multitasking!

Although some people really enjoy multitasking but I wouldn’t advise you to practice it. You better concentrate on one thing at a time as in that case your attention, productivity and energy will be fully directed to that one task and you do not have to divide them among different tasks. After completing each task you can have a rest and pass on to the next one.

Stop getting distracted while working!

As I mentioned above, do not divide your attention among different things and focus on one thing at a time. For reaching this you better try to keep your phone on airplane mode and not to reply to personal messages while working as they can take huge energy from you and waste your precious time of working.

Stop saying yes to everything and everyone!

Learn to deny opportunities/requests. Keep in mind that our time is always limited and it is physically impossible to handle every request.

Start planning your to-dos!

Try to always keep a to-do list not to heavy your mind. Do not overestimate the number of things you can manage to do in one day. Be realistic. Divide the huge tasks into small pieces and write them down one by one. Try to put on the first places of your list the things that you have to do but are not so willing to do. It will help you to complete those not-favorite tasks quickly so as to pass on your favorite ones.

Start putting limits for checking your email!

Do not refresh your mailbox every 5 minutes. If your work is not directly connected with checking and replying emails, I’d recommend you to set up specific times within a day for checking your email.

Start being concrete about time!

Start valuing time. For example in case of dealing with meetings, schedule them with the exact time they will take, not like an hour when it will last only 35 minutes.

Start taking short breaks!

Breaks are really essential for keeping you alert, productive and motivated. Do not sit down and suffer yourself when you feel exhausted, instead get up and take a break even just for 5 minutes only. Like our device, we also need to get restarted and refreshed.

Start drinking enough water!

Being dehydrated takes your energy. Enough water is essential for our body to function properly. Ignoring doing so will lead you towards headache, fatigue and lack of energy.

Start working out!

Workouts are one of the greatest productivity tools. They help you to take care of your physical shape and condition which will fill you with more energy and make you confident. Regular work-outs are important not only for your physical health, but also for your mental well-being, as they reduce stress and enhance your mood.

Start getting totally isolated from time to time!

No devices, no friends or colleagues, no distractions, just thinking, dreaming, brainstorming, planning and creating.

Start always keeping your “no work” time!

Keeping “no work” time is as essential as keeping “working time”. This is the time to take care of you, to have a rest, to visit family, to have fun with friends etc. This is not only good for your health and mood but will also raise your productivity levels.

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