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Spaceteam!

Friday is hands down the best day to try out Works Progress. Every Friday around 2:30pm Nicholas or Mike will walk around the office saying “Spaceteam? Spaceteam?” and seeing who can put their work aside for awhile to play. We gather in the green or orange conference rooms depending on the number of players.  For the next twenty minutes or so we yell things at each other like “Spark the flooknozzle! Asteroid! Everybody shake!” while flipping, shaking and tapping our phones.

Spaceteam is a cooperative shouting game for smart phones and tablets. We’ve been playing it weekly here since the spring of 2014 – but don’t worry, we’ve only gotten slightly better with the practice. You can learn in rules in the time it takes to download the free app to your iPhone, iPad or Android. In addition to our monthly potluck and monthly happy hour, Spaceteam is the best way to get to know the coworkers.

BONUS: On July 3, 2014, we hosted the local tournament of the worldwide Spaceteam Admiral’s Challenge in our classroom/event space.

Holiday Hours

Red DoorWorks Progress is closing to the public at 6pm on Dec. 19 for a holiday break. We’ll re-open on Jan. 5 at 8am. During our break, we will not be answering the phone, giving tours, answering email, or offering free trial days.

Holiday Schedule for Members Only:

Open 9am to 5pm, M-F, December 22 to January 2. Closed December 25th and January 1.

Mail-only members may come in and pick up their mail during the times above. We will let you know if any packages arrive during this time.

Full-time members can, of course, come in whenever they want.

 

We’re Expanding!

Celebratory selfie with our realtor, Lourdes C. Valdesuso, after signing the new lease.

Celebratory selfie with our realtor, Lourdes C. Valdesuso, after signing the new lease.

Works Progress is expanding in our current building, going from ½ to ¾ of top floor and adding 1,600 square feet to our space! We hope to have the new space available for members by our one year anniversary on December 1. As part of our expansion, we plan to offer some new conveniences and increase the amount of space for existing services. We are also excited to be working with a local company, Locos Legos, who will create almost zero waste in the remodel and continue our efforts to use recycled and re-used materials in our office decor.

Everything that is currently available should continue to be available throughout the build-out of the new space and we expect minimal interruption of services.

New Offerings

We are excited to add some new features with the expansion. Our plans include: a multi-purpose space for flexible desk coworking and evening/weekend events; a private office; two private phone rooms equipped for video calls; a larger, modern conference room; a larger kitchen area; and a multi-media room with reservable work stations for video editing, scanning projects, and design software.

Coworking Space

The new multi-purpose room will add many flexible desks. Works Progress currently has room for eight fixed desks in our original suite and we have only one space left!

Today Locos Legos is removing the ceiling tile grid to raise the height of the room.

Today Locos Legos is removing the ceiling tile grid in the new space to raise the height of the room.

Event Space

During the evenings and on weekends, the desks in the multi-purpose room can be rearranged into event space! Lectures, workshops, yoga classes, Meetups — you name it! Want to rent the space once for your holiday party or teach a class there every Thursday? Right now the options are wide open, so please contact us.

Private Office for One-on-One Sessions

Our new private office will be fully furnished and have its own private entry from the main hall. Counselors or health practitioners looking for a private space to meet with clients will be able to reserve the space by day of the week. Your hours will be what you need them and you will have access to the shared kitchen, high speed internet, and printer/fax/copy machine during your booked hours. Need to see clients every Thursday? It’s yours. You’ll pay $150 for all 4 Thursdays (for example) of that month!

Conference Room

Our larger 10 to 12 person conference room will include speaker/conference phone equipment, a wall screen with direct connection to your laptop, iPad, or other device, and a white board.

Private Phone Rooms

Our new phone rooms will have universal laptop ports, monitor and video camera for video calls.

Multi-media room

Three reservable workstation computers will be available for members and will be fully loaded with Adobe Creative Suite, video editing software, and possibly additional fancy gear for your special projects. Have some special needs? Let us know what software YOU would like to see! In addition, a dedicated scanner will be available to link to the workstation for your scanning projects. And just in case you need a break to rock out with the folks sitting next to you, our new media cart comes with a TV and Xbox (with headphones).

Next Steps

Some changes are still in the works. Interested in any of this? Please let us know!  We’ll plan to have a soft opening to show it off in December and a larger event in late January after everyone has recovered from the holidays.

Info Session & Monthly Member Potluck

Join us on Thursday, November 14 at noon to get to know our members and learn more about our expansion plans! This is a great time to come in if you’re interested in becoming a member or using some of our new services.

Contact us.

10 Tips for Working Parents to Make the Most of Back-to-School

It’s finally back to school time. As a mom of two boys, ages almost 3 and not-quite 13, summer means going on more bike rides, swimming, weekend camping trips and as many day hikes as we can squeeze in. On the downside, it also means that the kids have no schedule, a lot of mid-day activities (read extra driving) and constant distractions. Summer can be very hard on working parents, especially if they are trying to work from home. Over the years, I’ve slowly come to the conclusion that not only do I like to have complete control of everything, but I also thrive on a schedule.

I have found that I am more productive at my job during the school year because I have more quiet time and know what to expect each day. Here are some tips for parents getting back into work after a long summer vacation:

  1. Make a Schedule for everyone 

    The kids get a schedule for being engaged in learning, Monday through Friday. Make a schedule for yourself that includes everything from soccer practice to when you need to sit down and be on task for your business.

  2. Your kids get all new school gear – so can you!  

    It’s time to clean and organize the office. Buy new note pads, pens, highlighters and folders. Update your computer software. Clean out your in-box. Get your workstation ready for a more productive day.

  3. Get back to your to-do list 

    The infamous to-do list is a good way to keep you on track – make one for each day & week, prioritize tasks and stick to your deadlines, even when they are self-generated.

  4. Your space is important 

    Hold “office hours” when you can’t be distracted. Back to school time helps create automatic hours when you have time to yourself, but if your house is still too distracting, consider someplace else – is there a coffee shop or coworking space in your neighborhood that meets your needs?

  5. Creative inspiration 

    During the summer there seems to be more opportunities to obsess about what I’ve done wrong as a parent, a business owner and as a spouse. Fall is a great time to pull all your thoughts together and set new aspirations for yourself and your career. You may find that other working parents are in the same boat. See if you can find others like you to help focus your goals and be an inspiration.

  6. Get back on a regular exercise routine 

    I need to work off all of the extra picnic calories and s’mores from the summer! Now that the kids are back on schedule, consider a time to run/walk daily or signing up for a yoga class and get back into a routine.

  7. Plan Family Dinners 

    Who even has time for dinner any more? I have never been organized enough to freeze all the weeks’ meals on Sunday, but I do plan at least three healthy family meals for the week and shop for the menu items over the weekend. That way, I’m ready to go when we do have time to sit down together.

  8. Network 

    With the kids back in school, you have more opportunities to network and meet other people. Working from home is not just isolating, if you’re like me, it reinforces introverted tendencies. Answer some emails by picking up the phone. Try to go on a lunch date at least once a week.  Sign up for the minimum membership at a coworking space to help you get out of the house and meet others.  

  9. Focus 

    Time to schedule another dentist appointment? Need to pick up chicken before dinner? Do you want to know who won on ‘American Idol’ last night? Turn off your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and email and focus on the task at hand. Once you’ve established your work hours, don’t let other things distract you.  

  10. Do Less 

    No one can do everything. Decide on what’s most important to you and stick with what’s going to make those things work. That might mean saying “no” a lot more often. Make sure that there is still family time at home: have the kids take one less dance class, get everyone off the iPad for a few hours, and “sign-off” from your email at night – at least before bedtime.

Interested in learning more about coworking? Come in to Works Progress in Greenwood for a Free Coworking Tuesday between 8am and 6pm anytime this fall! Call 206-466-1624 for more info. 

Coworker Opinions

We asked members of longer than two months to take a survey and provide feedback.

100% would recommend Works Progress to others and 100% find the benefits are worth the cost of membership.

Here’s what else they had to say:

The atmosphere at WP is great, it allows as much (or as little) interaction with other members as everyone prefers.

Enjoying the monthly members potlucks a lot 🙂

Works Progress has been a terrific and easy place to come in and work!

I am so glad to not be shlepping myself around each day or hunched over my own kitchen table.

Thank you for the environment you have created! WP is a wonderful community!

I love the community you’ve created and the “vibe” at Works Progress.

Fabulous space. Great job fostering a welcoming community.