Co-working FTW!

Two birds sitting together on a branch.
Twins” by Todd Petit via Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0

One more co-working session for the win!

On Tuesday, May 23rd from 1:30 P.M. to 3:30 PM, join the OpenLab team for the final co-working session of the Spring. As with the previous co-working hours, this space can help support you focus on finishing everything for the end of the semester. If you’re teaching, bring your grading! Or invite a student to join so you can co-work as they finish their project or study for that last exam. Or bring a friend and race to finish your to-do list!

Although our focus for this session is on supporting faculty members finish out the semester, all are welcome. You bring the work, we’ll bring the friendly presence in the Zoom session (plus we’ll bring work, too).

You can work silently in the main Zoom room or move into a breakout room to talk with a collaborator or with one of our team members if you have specific questions we can help you with. 

Not able to make it but want to suggest a day and time for Fall 2023 co-working hours? Please leave a comment to let us know what works for you. And before the start of the new semester, we’ll post our new co-working hours and other support schedule information right here on The Open Road.

Finals end on Tuesday, May 23, and grades are due Friday, May 26th. We hope this co-working session is useful for you–and let us know how else we can help!

Co-working for Students!

Two butterfiles sitting together on a flower.
twins” by alain01789 via Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Here’s another co-working session–please help spread the word!

Have you heard of “body doubling”? Do you get more work done when working in the company of others? This practice of working on a task while others are also working on their own projects is becoming very popular on social media. It’s a trend because it works!

With “body doubling” comes accountability and knowing that others are also working, creates some positive stress. And when one is focusing for a short period, while intentionally putting the phone away and avoiding emails, a lot can be done! 

As the end-of-semester stress mounts, the OpenLab is holding a co-working session for students just before Finals week. Join us on Tuesday, May 16th. The Zoom room will be open from 1:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. for students to work silently in the same space. Join anytime with that final paper or project and work on tightening its loose parts. Or your study notes for your exam. Or anything else from your to-do list you want to accomplish!

Do you have other productivity or stress management hacks? Share them in the comments below!

In the Spotlight: Coworking

Pollination Hypnosis” by Wayne S. Grazio via Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Do you work better when there’s someone else working nearby? Do you seek out spaces like libraries or coffee shops to get work done? You might be interested in coworking !

This idea of coworking and the related idea of body doubling, in which people find better focus or persistence when they have a friend or colleague working in the same in-person or online space, can be effective methods for productivity.

The Open Pedagogy on the OpenLab project is hosting a coworking session this week: Tuesday, April 18, from 1:30-3:30. This is a virtual coworking opportunity, hosted on Zoom. Join at any time from 1:30-3:30, with whatever work you want to accomplish. Check out the Coworking invitation post for more information.

Have other ideas for increased productivity, accountability, and getting through your to-do list? Share them here in the comments!