Wellness and Productivity at Home During COVID-19

“Stay home, save lives” is a message that comes across loud and clear during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This doesn’t mean that our health and well-being has to suffer.

There are some great online resources available to help you stay healthy at home.

Yarra Leisure have created an online wellness locker for you to stay healthy, connected and balanced from home.

There are goodies like fitness classes (for the lounge room, kitchen or wherever you can find some space), tips on how to make working from home work for you, healthy home snack ideas and so much more.

Check out this great resource here.

Source: Yarra City Council email updates

17 Ways to Thrive When Working Remotely

If coronavirus concerns have you working from home, you might be wondering how you can stay happy, well and focused in an environment filled with distractions and away from the day-to-day collaboration with your workmates.
Springday, the leaders in employee health and wellbeing have created this handy guide under the five pillars of wellbeing – full of expert tips to help you thrive when working remotely.


1. Stick to a schedule
When you work remotely, it’s essential to stick to a schedule, so your days have some of the structure and predictability you enjoyed in the office. Habits can be comforting, so in addition to working during your typical work hours, align your breaks and mealtimes at home with those at work, too.

2. Create physical boundaries
Where possible, try and make your workspace a different setting to where you spend most of your free time to allow for some mental separation. For example, if you spend most of your time in the living room when you’re not at work, choose a different place to set up your desk so you won’t feel like you’re in the same space around the clock.

3. Claim your workspace
Numerous studies have shown that the characteristics of your office environment can affect behaviour, perceptions and productivity . Ensure your monitor and laptop is set up as ergonomically as possible and then you can start personalising your place of work. Choose music, scented candles, plants, photos – items that bring you joy while working at home.

4. Move
At home, it is easy to get right into the zone and not look up for several hours; however, research shows that keeping yourself moving has many advantages. Improved concentration, a sharper memory, faster learning, enhanced creativity and lower stress, to name a few. Stand up to read a document, walk around the house when talking on the phone, do a YouTube workout in front of the television at lunchtime, grab some fresh air with your morning coffee.

5. Eat Well
It is so easy to grab snacks when the pantry and fridge are so close. It is recommended to mindfully manage your meals the same way you do when you are at work. Put some healthy snacks in the equivalent of your desk drawer, pop a fruit bowl and bottle of water on your desk – even consider packing your lunch. There are several healthy home delivery meal services as well as pre-prepared options from the frozen section of the supermarket if you usually buy lunch on your workdays.


6. Limit your news intake
Keeping a healthy balance of positive to negative emotions is essential when working from home, and it can be challenging to maintain, given the constant alarming news coverage. Keep in mind that the news relies on sensationalism to attract viewers – it is a business, after all. The World Health Organisation and the Australian Government Department of Health acknowledged that endless news coverage of the coronavirus crisis is causing people stress. Don’t leave the 24-hour news stations on in the background and continuously check the headlines online; instead, get the most important facts, just once or twice per day.

7. Talk more
When we rely on more non-verbal communication, it can be easy to misread the intention within an email, digital platform or text message from a co-worker or boss.With so much time to think at home, this can send anyone into a negative spiral.

Use written communication for sharing detailed information or re-iterating agreements and use the phone, skype, zoom or FaceTime for regular meetings, conversation and collaboration.

8. Keep balance
It can be tempting to keep going after your work hours would have usually ended. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of answering just one more email or drafting one more page to get ahead for tomorrow, but long-term, this is a recipe for burnout. Stick to your usual schedule and devote the time you’d have spent getting to and from work or getting prepared in the morning to something you enjoy.

9. Manage stress
Managing stress may be easier said than done if you’re quarantined or self-isolated, but letting stress get the better of you makes you more prone to getting sick. Consider these approaches that have been shown to stress reduction, such as yoga, meditation, art or music therapy, or engaging in your favourite hobby.


10. Socialise virtually
Coronavirus concerns don’t have to change your social plans altogether. Instead of cancelling plans to head to the bar with your friends after work, schedule a phone/facetime date to maintain that social connection. Get your food and drinks organised, plug in your earphones and chat away!

11. Hang at home
Bring back the dinner party and enjoy cooking up a storm for friends and family at home. Be sure to follow health and hygiene advice and avoid the crowds by having people over for a meal.

12. Use social media effectively
Social media can be a great way to remain connected to friends, family and co-workers; however, it can also spark negative feelings of comparison. One study found that the more we use Facebook, the more our life satisfaction levels declined[1] and another found that social media is linked to greater perceived social isolation[2].

Limit your social media intake, just as you would in your regular workday or try swapping that time out for an interesting audiobook.


13. Use social media effectively
When we work remotely, we often assume we are going to achieve ten times more in a day and then are disappointed when we don’t. It is important to set realistic goals and then celebrate their achievement. Research shows that wellbeing is greatly enhanced when we experience a sense of accomplishment[5]

In essence, even seemingly small wins like clearing an in-box or writing a report should be enough to make us sit back and say “yeah, I did that!” and enjoy the happy hormones that moment provides.
For more significant achievements, you may not have that champagne in the board room but that shouldn’t stop you sharing the news or celebrating in other ways.

14. Invest in yourself
In the absence of a daily commute, you are likely to have a few more hours on your hands. Why not use that time to invest in yourself? Check out an online course, practise a new skill, write articles to enhance your personal brand and thought leadership position or reach out to some new connections on Linkedin. This time can be an excellent opportunity to spend some time developing your career.


15. Hide the credit card
Be careful about online shopping. It’s all too easy to start filling up your shopping cart at your favourite online retailer when your boss isn’t there to look over your shoulder, so remind yourself these are uncertain times and it’s best to hold off on impulse buys. Block these sites from your browser if the temptation is too strong.

16. Dining in?
It is so tempting to call up Uber Eats for your favourite meals, only to find your bank balance slowly seeping south. If you usually take lunch to work, try to stick with that routine by making lunch at home. If you typically buy lunch out on a workday, continue to adhere to your usual daily spend to avoid blowing the budget.

17. Don’t overspend on your home office
While you certainly need a comfortable space to carry out your work, don’t go online and order the biggest monitor, fanciest desk and piles of new stationery – especially given this time will pass.

Working from home and social distancing is new territory for many of us and can be trying when breaking away from our usual modes of working and comfortable routines. But those with a positive mindset who embrace wellbeing tips such as the ones above from Springday will experience a greater sense of achievement, increased levels of creativity, and strong personal growth through learning new skills – which among adverse times can be a very positive outcome for all!


written by Georgie Drury, founder and CEO, Springday
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[3] Kross et al. (2013) Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Wellbeing in Young Adults
[4] Primack et al. (2017) 2017 DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2017.01.010
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5 Daily Habits Of Successful People

Today on the blog we’re sharing a piece by author Kimanzi Constable, who gives us a little insight into how successful people plan their day and what they do to maximise their hours. You’ve heard the saying “Oprah Winfrey has as many hours in a day as you do,” well it’s all about what you do with that time.

Hope it helps you set up some healthy daily habits and gives you the power to achieve all your greatness!


We all know that habits can either help or hurt your success in life. Bad habits can fester and grow into a lifestyle that takes you away from the things you want to do—and good habits can help you create a life that’s full of action and accomplishment.

If you were to look at someone you respect, someone who’s successful, you would see that they spend each day doing the things that help them accomplish their biggest goals. This isn’t to say they’re perfect—because no one is—but despite the things that are not perfect in their lives, they continue to make moves that have a positive impact. And it starts with their daily habits.

Now, while we can all study successful habits, it’s meaningless if we don’t implement that knowledge. So here are five daily habits of highly successful people—habits you can adopt to create the life you truly want to live:

1. Successful people plan out their day the night before.
It’s easy to get off track when you don’t have a plan. Without planning what your day will look like, you wake up not knowing what you want to do or accomplish. Successful people spend a little time the night before giving themselves clear goals for the next day. Then they wake up and go down their list.

Life doesn’t always work out as planned, but with a plan, you can adjust without losing momentum.

2. Successful people read books to get inspired.
Reading is an essential element in success—books contain so much knowledge3. Apparently Elon Musk would read at least four hours a day growing up. Four hours. And look how successful he became.

There isn’t necessarily a defined length as to how much time you should be reading, but forming a daily reading habit will expand your knowledge and help you on your journey to success.

3. Successful people make their health a priority.
What you eat and how much you exercise affects every area of your life. Successful people use their exercise as a time to reset and plan. And they make smart food choices that will give them the energy they need to accomplish everything on their daily to-do list.

So, what’s for dinner? Is the gym on your to-do list? Choose wisely.

4. Successful people don’t get distracted by what other people are doing.
Other people’s journeys to success can be inspiring; you can learn so much—about their mistakes, their victories, what to do, what not to do. But if you start comparing your progress to theirs, instead of using their stories as inspiration, you can feel jealous, stressed, unworthy.

Successful people realize their journey is unique and can’t be compared. So don’t get stuck in the comparison trap—stay focused on your why.

5. Successful people live each day as if it were the last.
Life is busy, it’s chaotic, and so you tend to want to focus on the future—we all do it, worry about what’s next. But while planning is important, so is living—being fully present.

Life is short, and there’s no guarantee as to when it will end. Successful people live each day as if it were their last and make the most out of each moment—and so should you4.

When you look at a big goal, it’s common to get frustrated at the enormity of what you’re trying to accomplish. If you wake up each day determined to spend it forming good habits, you give yourself a better chance at success. So use these five habits as a starting place to build whatever a successful life means to you.


Kimanzi Constable  is a published author, international speaker and life coach, and you can see his words in cool places such as Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Mind Body Green and The Good Men Project. His books have sold more than 100,000 copies, and his new book, Stop Chasing Influencers, drops later this year. His goal is to help you create freedom in your work, health and relationships and live your dream life.

Q & A With Our Studio1 Coworkers

Theresa Saldanha is one of Studio1’s original members and has been here from the get go. A Richmond local herself, Theresa tells us why she loves living here and why coworking works for her:

1. What are you working on at the moment? I’m working on a couple of business products, but the more pressing thing in the next few weeks is assessing university assignments and exams. Its the end of the semester. (I also teach part-time at RMIT)

2. Why did you choose to work in a coworking space?
Its lonely working on your own, not to mention, at home its harder to separate work and home.
At the co-working space, I get the best of both worlds – its close to home, and I get to change spaces, work at a fabulous location, and interact with like minded people.

3. What benefits do you see in a coworking space?
Its different from other co-working spaces. It attracts local small business owners…whereas a lot of other co-working spaces focus on tech start-ups. I value the interactions with my co-workers. Seeing their journeys and the obstacles they overcome, help me deal with mine. I’ve made some good friends here, and that has been wonderful.
A big benefit -all the RCLC staff(Simone, Oren, Lisa and the team) are terrific in terms of how they support us.
The other thing I love is that this is such a fabulous location, and the fit out is terrific. The space is light, bright, modern.

4. How would you describe Studio1 to people?
Community focused, supportive, modern, evolving

5. Are you a Richmond local?
Yes, I’ve lived in Richmond since 2005. I love it here.

6. What are some of the changes you’ve seen in Richmond during the last few years?
The biggest change in the last 10 years has been the massive development in Richmond, which is a big challenge for the suburb.
While Richmond does need to change and evolve with the time, its critical that community services evolve simultaneously.
There is a huge crunch on shared spaces and open spaces(outdoor parks, sporting playgrounds, parking) at the moment.


Theresa with her adorable dog Ruby

7. Do you have a favourite local cafe and what’s your breakfast of choice?

Lots of favourites – thats the beauty of Richmond. Its so competitive, its hard to find a bad cafe.
As I own a dog, here are a few of my favourite dog friendly cafes – Pg.2, Friends of Mine on Swan street; El Atino, Mayday on Bridge road.

8. Describe Richmond in 3 words.
Central, never dull, evolving….sorry, 4 words.

A rule breaker- we love that! Welcome Theresa-  Studio 1 coworking is lucky to have you on board. One thing you failed to mention is that you have amazing vegetarian recipes that you love to share with us. Perhaps a recipe for all our readers next time!

Pssst…Did You Know Coworking Will Make You Happier And Live Longer?

Did you know that coworking can make you live longer and feel happier? It’s true! Studies show that our social ties can directly affect our mental health and well being.

In fact a recent study at Stanford University showed that “social capital” is one of the biggest predictors for health, happiness, and longevity.

Unfortunately as a society we don’t place enough importance on social connection and by default it falls way down in our priorities list. Our culture today values hard work, success, and wealth over social connectivity so it’s no surprise that we don’t allow ourselves enough time to become part of a group or organisation.

A Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School argues in The Lonely American that loneliness is often mistaken for depression. Instead of connecting with others, we consume a pill. Being lonely is outside of our individualistic world view so we don’t even see it as a problem.

Never before have we as a society been more disconnected in our connectedness. We have access to technology at our fingertips yet instead of making us a more social group of people it has had the opposite effect and has isolated us from each other. We can now sit in a train and not have to make eye contact. We have hundreds of friends on Facebook without ever having to speak to them in real life. In fact in many cases our real lives have very few similarities to our online personas. We only post our happy moments on social media thus creating the impression to others that our lives are all rainbows and sunshine. This works vice versa as well, when we compare our ‘mundane’ lives to the exciting existence of our friends on social media. It’s not a real reflection of our world and it’s dangerous to think for a moment that it is.

The isolation we feel in our modern world comes from many sources and the bombardment of technology is just one of them. Another study has shown that the number of friends one has correlates to a longer life. Other studies have found that people have better survival rates for diseases when they have social support. In fact one cardiologist once compared social isolation to smoking, saying that loneliness is the new tobacco.

Now that you’re armed with all this information let’s talk about how being part of a community or a network created in a coworking space can lead to feelings of happiness and satisfaction.

FIRSTLY- coworking spaces consist of members who work in a different range of areas. Unlike a conventional office, here you will find people working on a whole range of projects and ventures.As everyone is working for themselves, there is very little direct competition or internal politics. NO POLITICS=BEING HAPPY!! Being among so many different working projects can also make one’s own work identity stronger. When asked to describe what work we do and what our project is we instantly gain a sense of confidence in our own abilities.

SECONDLY- being in an environment where ‘helping each other’ is the norm can really help to foster great working relationships. Collaborations are born and many new opportunities arise. Being in control of our work situation leads to great feeling of happiness and self satisfaction!

LASTLY-  coworkers have more job control. Usually coworking spaces are accessible to people 24/7 so one can decide to work as long or as little as they like. Freedom to plan your day means you may be able to squeeze in a morning swim or take your kids to school in the morning. You also have the freedom to choose whether you want to work in a quiet space  or in a more collaborative space with shared tables where interaction is encouraged. No monetary value can be placed on the benefits of having such freedom in your work space!

So coworking spaces do more than just boost happiness. They boost the identities of the self-employed. Richard Greenwald, author of the book The Death of 9-5 says: “Ten years ago, the freelancer was a loser.” He goes on to say the trend was for the self-employed to call themselves “consultant” rather than appear unemployed. These days the start up culture has created an environment where the freelancer can grow and flourish and maintain their identity!

Have we convinced you yet? Who doesn’t want to be happy and live longer?!!





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.


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?



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!


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!


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?



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!


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!


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!





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