Your time is your greatest source of energy: manage it well
María has been using a coworking space for five years. Her decision to go there had to do with many reasons, including the need to separate her working life from her family life. “I have young children and it is difficult to work from home. Also, I like to get home and disconnect. I don’t want to associate my home with my workload”, she says.
This writer, dedicated to creating content for others as a storyteller and copywriter, states that freelancers can sometimes feel “alone and misunderstood”. This does not happen in a coworking environment since “the fact of being surrounded by other professionals generates team energy that can be perceived in the environment itself”.
But for Maria there are more advantages: being able to share expenses, establish synergies with other professionals or access relevant information about courses, training sessions or events that could be relevant to her activity.
In addition, she admits that since she began working in this space, she has increased her productivity. “At home you can get tied up with any little thing and you don’t even get half of your work done".
So, what are your tips to improve your performance?
- Get up two hours before your children.
- Plan the tasks for the next day at the end of the day.
- Always work in blocks of time, in a rational manner.
- Exercise every day: “It opens my mind and gives me clarity. It is when I come up with my best ideas".
As for the advantages of being self-employed, María states that work-life balance is one of them. “It gives me freedom since I manage my time according to my needs and those of my family.” In addition, she argues that since she has become a freelancer, she is more productive than when she was employed.
However, she acknowledges that being a salaried employee also has its positive side: to receive a salary at the end of the month. “There is not as much economic instability nor do you live in uncertainty,” she admits.
In addition to all these benefits, working in a shared space means significant energy savings. If each of the professionals had their own premises, the expenses to be faced individually would be high. If we add to this the fact that there are electricity rates for freelancers where you decide when and how to save, the equation is complete.