3 Ways Coffee Can Improve Your Health And Productivity

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Office coffee can sometimes get a bad reputation, but having a daily cup or two might be better for you than you think. As most people like to indulge in at least one cup of coffee on a weekday morning, the drink that often gets a rough rap can actually work to improve your day as well as your performance at the office. You might feel guilty about grabbing that second cup, but here are a few reasons why you don’t need to be too strict about your coffee consumption.

It Gets You Involved with the Social Aspect of the Workplace

The water cooler might be the familiar centerpiece for office chit-chat, but going for a morning cup of coffee can actually get you into the kitchen and involved in an unexpected conversation with your co-workers. While another opportunity to talk with your fellow employees might not be a popular idea with your boss, it can actually be a good way to get away from your inbox for a few moments and get back to your desk with a fresh, new perspective. It can also be a great way to establish friendships with your co-workers that will enhance your experience at work.

It Can Make You More Focused, More Productive, More…

It might seem strange to think of coffee as something that can actually make you more productive, but the stimulating powers of caffeine, which work to block the inhibitive neurotransmitter Adenosine, can actually improve your efficiency at work. In effect, caffeine not only works to wake you up, but it can also make you feel better about your work day, boost your memory and reaction time, and make your projects and daily duties go off without a hitch so you don’t have to worry about a sleepy morning getting in the way of your productivity.

It Can Reduce the Risk of Many Common Health Ailments

While coffee is often given a bad reputation because of its stimulating properties, the beverage really can assist you in preventing a variety of health issues. In addition to automatically increasing your alertness, coffee can minimize the risk of diabetes, cirrhosis and other diseases like Cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It can also be a source of additional vitamins like B2 and B5 as well as a source of potassium, manganese and riboflavin. All of these health benefits might just make you want to rush to the coffee pot a bit quicker in the morning!

Many people might be surprised by the health benefits of coffee, but this favorite morning drink can actually be a great source of vitamins and minerals and can also help to stave off many serious illnesses. Though moderation is important, there’s no use feeling guilty if you’re having a day that requires a second cup!

What Are The Benefits of Using a Co-Working Space?

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What Are The Benefits of Using a Co-Working SpaceSome of the biggest businesses started off in a garage or in the shared dorms of a university. Just look at Apple and Facebook. Groups of friends huddled round a table or workbench because they had no other place to go. But when it comes to finding a place for your fledgling business there is now another option: co-working spaces.  These office spaces bring together micro businesses and start ups into a shared office environment, providing conference rooms, photocopiers, and most importantly access to other entrepreneurs.

Some use these offices as second home, coming and going when they want to get away from working in their home office, others use it as a way to divide their business and their home life, and some simply use it as a place to rest their hat (and laptop) when they’re visiting another city for a few hours. Whether you are looking at using a coworking space as a long term solution or a short term stay, there are many advantages to using these offices.  Here are four of them:

1. Coworking can be great for your budget.

It can be costly to rent an individual office just for your business. You not only have to account for the rent but all the utilities and amenities you will use as well.  This can take a substantial amount of your company’s budget.

Coworking spaces on the other hand will offer an ‘all in’ price, leaving no hidden bills at the end of the month.  They also reduce your need to sign expensive leases or buy equipment, such as photocopiers and fax machines, as there is often communal equipment that can be used at a fraction of the price.  Rent is cheaper too, as you will be sharing the cost between all of your coworkers.

2. Networking, collaborating, and making friends.

We all know that networking is important, but when starting your new business it is often hard to make the time for it. Coworking spaces are the perfect remedy.  Not only are they filled with new people ready for you to bounce ideas off, ask for advice, and trade contacts but they often organise networking drinks and host functions on behalf of other Meet Up groups.

People also tend to do work with people they trust. By creating relationships with the people you work alongside, understanding each other’s background and skills, when the time comes that you need their skills or they need yours, it will be an easy and stress free decision.

And if you’re worried about issues relating to intellectual property or competing businesses, fear not, many of the offices have clauses in their rules which prevent competitors from working in the same space.

3. New ideas come from breaking out of your comfort zone.

It’s not just the coworkers who will help you stimulate those ideas. Just by being in a new fresh environment can help you to think things through differently. If you currently work at home, at your kitchen table, or in the back bedroom which has been converted from your grow up child’s bedroom, your work time can be full of distractions. Whether it’s a neighbour popping by or a load of washing that needs sorting, it’s easy to get distracted.  Working in a new environment away can help you think differently and help you come up with new ideas for existing problems.

4. But avoid home office loneliness.

Working from home can have several advantages: rent is low, you can create a workspace how you want it, and it gives you the flexibility to stop and start work when you want. However one of the disadvantages can be that it’s lonely. Sometimes it’s great to have that silence and just plough through the tasks that you need to do, but everyone needs human interaction. Coworking is a great way to alleviate the loneliness that can sometimes be felt when working from home.  It gives you the flexibility to go in and interact with people when you want to, or work from home when you just want to get on.

Many of the spaces available offer tiered level pricing. With different rates for those who want a permanent location for their business compared to those who just want to drop in. This offers you the flexibility to scale up and down your usage as needed.