News & Events


Sep 2016

Why Jumping In Puddles Is Good For The Soul!

What do you do when you come across a puddle? Do you detour all the way around it so you don’t get wet? Afraid that a splash of water will ruin your shoes and subsequently mar your perfectly polished outfit? Or are you a puddle jumper? Do you take a slight run up and splash with abandon? Not caring where the muddy waters land? Relishing in the fleeting moment of freedom.

I must admit I’m usually a puddle avoider. I like to know what’s coming up, what’s around the corner, I don’t cope well with surprises. I avoid the puddle because I don’t know what to expect. Will the puddle be deeper than I first imagined? Will the muddy waters totally ruin my suede boots that I paid a fortune for? What if I slip and fall? So many questions, so many reasons I give myself to not take the plunge.

Yet if we don’t jump in puddles every now and then how will we learn to let go and see what happens? How will we see the depth of the water? Know how the water feels when it splashes? Of course the puddle is simply a metaphor for any challenge we face in life. It represents the block we have that stops us from trying something new.

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We may be stuck in a job we hate. Maybe we always do the same thing every weekend. Take the same route to school. Eat the same food every Tuesday night. It’s safe and we know what to expect.

But what if you did something every day that totally went against your natural instincts? It doesn’t have to be something earth shattering. Maybe it’s something as simple as wearing your special-occasion shoes to do school pick up. Or why not enrol yourself in that online course you’ve always wanted to do?

What’s your passion? Do you love taking photos? Take some lessons and start advertising your talent. Share your photos and share the love. You never know where it may lead. Have you always had a dream to teach? What are you an expert in? Gardening? Making vegetarian food? Politics? Whatever it is- we can all learn from your knowledge and skills. Teach a class and share your knowledge with others. You’ll be amazed at how much talent people have, yet keep to themselves out of fear of making mistakes or not sounding professional. There is no such thing as a mistake – they are merely lessons that help us grow.

So think about where your passion lies? The easiest way to discover that is to follow where your mind goes when it’s relaxed. When we’re not weighed down by our daily struggles and challenges our thoughts are free to lead us to where our happiness lies. Try it and see where yours lies.

And in the meantime, just do it- jump in that puddle!

 

 

Sep 2016

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Work Day In Four Easy Steps!

The start of your work day can really set the the tone on how productive you’ll continue to be from there on. In fact the first 20 minutes at your work space in the morning are perhaps the most crucial in terms of deciding how your day will pan out.

Here are some tips to make sure you get off on the right foot- provided you’ve already got yourself a cup of coffee!

1. Tidy and Organise Your Workspace
Take 5 minutes in the morning to arrange your desk neatly. Throw away any rubbish or scraps of paper from the night before and ensure you’re in a space of utter zen to tackle the day. Set up your playlist for the day and perhaps consider lighting a candle to set the mood.

2. Write a To Do List
Tackling your tasks can seem overwhelming first thing in the morning. The best thing to do is prioritise  and write them down in order of urgency. Once your workspace is sorted, sit down for 10 minutes and really nut out your jobs for the day. Always start with your non-negotiable’s – i.e. meetings and events, then from there list your main three priorities that need to be done and tick them off as you achieve them. Don’t worry if you don’t complete them all that day- just add them onto tomorrow’s list.

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3. Chat To Your Coworkers
Take 5 minutes to say good morning to your coworkers and check that they are all ok. Catch up on news and local events and perhaps exchange any ideas or collaborations you’d like to work on. It’s important to maintain a good relationship – catching up for a quick chat shows kindness, respect and gratitude for your team and is a great way to start the day.

4. Respond To Your Emails
Sit down and go through your emails. Respond to any urgent ones, reply and action anything that needs ASAP attention and schedule some time on your to-do list to come back to the others. No matter how busy you are always respond to emails – even if it’s a brief message saying you will get back to them later.

Did you find these tips helpful? Do you have anything else you do to help start your work day productively?

 

 

Sep 2016

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Coworking!

What exactly is coworking and why should you do it? While coworking can mean different things to different people there are some aspects that are universally the same.

Coworking is about working alongside other people instead of in a space on your own. It allows you to be a part of a diverse community that will help enrich the way you work. It can provide motivation and accountability for some while for others it’s just a reason to put on some pants and get out of the house in the morning!

Coworking is a powerful and exciting way to work that has grown into an inspiring movement around the world.

Here’s a list of 5 reasons we think you should be coworking today!

1.TO AVOID LONELINESS

Sure we can all whip open our laptops at home and work in our pyjamas or go to our local cafe and use up all the free wifi but it’s not really the same is it? The cafe may be full of people but they’re not coworkers. You have no-one to bounce ideas off or share that hilarious gif you just received from a friend. You see, coworking is all about community!

2. MOTIVATION

If you’re one of those rare people that can sit at home and work without being tempted to go to the fridge 100 times a day or tune into Dr. Phil for your daily dose of crazy then hats off to you! For the rest of us, being in a coworking space gives us the motivation we need to stay on task and do our thing! It’s awesome to be surrounded by other creatives rather than sitting at home amongst unfolded laundry – am I right?

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3. TO LEARN NEW THINGS

Working in a coworking space increases your chances of learning new information. Due to the open air, discussion friendly format of coworking setups you find yourself engaged in conversations you wouldn’t normally have. It may be a new technical skill or just learning that North West is in fact a person and not merely a compass direction!

4. TO KEEP YOUR WORK LIFE BALANCE IN CHECK

As a freelancer or business owner you run the risk of not knowing how to switch off. You will find yourself answering emails at 11pm at night and always being on call and at the mercy of your computer. However if you go to a coworking space you now that you have those hours to finish what you need to get done and once you get home your work load is minimal- hopefully!

5. SHARING OF RESOURCES

Most people can’t afford their own offices and even if they could they would be working in isolation or with a very narrow field of people. With coworking you’re exposed to all sorts of professions, from designers to copywriters to accountants! Collaborations between individuals happen much more organically in a coworking environment. By being in the space, you’ve chosen to work in a room full of creative, motivated and independent thinkers- just like you!

So have we convinced you yet? Come in for a free trial at Studio1 today!

 

 

 

 

Apr 2016

Working hard to look like we’re working

The amazing Vidi Chandra came in last Friday and took a few snaps of our space. When she’s not volunteering her time at the Red Cross or taking photos at our space Vidi works as a Media and Events Producer for ConcentricCircles.com.au. Thanks Vidi!

P.S

Real work has been preformed during this photo session.

 

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Apr 2016

One Month in!

Just wanted to thank all the members that joined us so far and congratulate them on being great people! (it’s a tough gig but someone needs to carry the load..)

Also big thanks to our Studio 1 Co-working volunteers that help us with the running of the space, the social and physical aspects,  and with some great tips and tricks when we need them (and we do).

Thank you Mia and Kim!

All that’s left to say really is onwards and upwards!

and also that we’ve started using twitter

 

 

 

Mar 2016

Opening!

Hi folks,

Almost forgot to mention that we are opening up in a weeks’ time!

15th of March will be the first day of Studio 1 Co-working so stay tuned for some random, never-happened-before, IT issues and other new beginnings hiccups 🙂

That said, we’re confident that this beautiful place will become a must in your weekly schedule of work, sun (it is SO HOT right now!), coffee and the all important relaxation/party time (depending on what flicks your switch..).

Come work among other freelancers, creatives, entrepreneurs from around your block. You might even like them!

Studio 1 Co-working will be open 5 days a week from 9am to 5pm to begin with.

There’s some great spaces for hire in the building (Through City of Yarra) that might come handy if you need a private space to meet, run a class/workshop or a big function. (Cheap rates for local community groups/non-for-profits)

Check our site for more details and talk to us about joining here.

 

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Sep 2015

Hello world!

Hi there friends and neighbours,

First of all, Happy New Year to you all!

Now, as some of you are already aware and have expressed interest in, we are starting a co-working space at Studio 1. This exciting new space will be active as of early march and we want to keep you up to date as much as possible.

Details on opening hours and membership types/rates can be seen here. Please fill in the membership enquiry form on that page if you would like to come and chat to us about starting to work from Studio 1.

We are very excited about this project. We see it helping a lot of people in the community who are currently working on a small scale project, a new business adventure or starting up a new social enterprise and just don’t have the right space to work from. The location is going to be a big plus for you all as well as the very fair pricing. We hope to start something very positive for our community here that will not only benefit members of the space but, through these people, the community at large.

We also want to take this opportunity to call out people who are interested in volunteering with us to help run the Co-working space. We are looking for people to act as our Co-working front of house at times during the week to ensure the operation of the space runs smoothly and all members feel at ease. The role will be a 4-hour stint once a week at either a morning or afternoon time slot.

Send us an email if you are interested in helping us out.

P.S

Make sure to check out our new Yoga class and the exciting Choir 3121 coming up this February! Both happening at Studio 1.

We also have a few workshops already planned at Burnley Backyard in term 1 so keep an eye on our facebook page for updates.

Hope you all have a great (and not so rainy..) weekend,

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