Introducing “Work In Progress”: Work and Life in today’s world.

October 21, 2020 in Work In Progress

In August 2020 – after deciding to ditch our RC@Home podcast for a much more time-friendly format – we launched Work In Progress, a live streaming show all about what work, life, and everything in between looks like in our current Covid-era. 

Every Wednesday at 5pm PST, we – your co-hosts Rachel Kingham (that’s me!) and Colin Loretz – meet up with other members, co-coworkers, and community members to discuss topics that are front and center during this pandemic. Some topics surprise us by being so unexpected, while other topics surprise us by just how “normal” they seem in these chaotic times.

We’ve spent time talking with freelancers and remote employees about what it’s like working from home, how business has changed and adapted, and how even workspaces need to evolve. We spoke with a social media agency owner about the power and potential of the big platforms – our fears and our hopes. And we’ve had a good laugh at ourselves after our episode on making online events that don’t suck ended up proving a few of our own points(!)

TONIGHT at 5pm (Wednesday, October 21st) we are talking with special guest Chanelle Bessette, personal finance writer for Nerd Wallet about managing finances in these uncertain times.

Hosts Rachel and Colin with guest Leah Chew

Work In Progress: Episode1. (From top left) Co-host Colin Loretz, special guest designer Leah Chew, and co-host Rachel Kingham.

So, pick your favorite streaming platform (YouTube, Twitch, Facebook Live and Periscope) and tune in love to chat with us and add your voice to the mix. We are 10 episodes in and there are SO many more topics to cover and so many more guests to feature:
– a physical health expert talking about working out while working from home
– a mindfulness coach sharing the importance of slowing down when everything around you is in a rush
– two VERY experienced entrepreneurs talking about launching startups 

If you have an idea we should talk about, or want to be a special guest, please send us a note!

And tune in LIVE at 5 every Wednesday! Be safe & wear a mask!

Finding Your Flow

March 27, 2019 in Announcements
Photo by Jeswin Thomas on Unsplash

One of the great benefits of coworking is working alongside other people who are just as invested as you are in succeeding at being an independent worker. Newcomers to the Reno Collective often say: “Thank you! I got SO much more done today than my entire last week at home!”

Do we have some secret scent pumping from the vents? Or a special creamer for the coffee? Nope – our “secret” is pretty well-known: working from home – or other “distraction filled places – is…distracting! Too many distractions and you can’t find that happy place of FLOW.

Human beings, it seems, are at their best when immersed deeply in something challenging. – Roomer

So, what IS flow? According to blogger Jari Roomer, in his article, How To Reach Flow State (Using 10 Flow State ‘Triggers’): “Flow state is a very powerful state of mind where you are extremely productive and also feel great. You don’t have to force yourself to work hard. Rather, it seems to go automatically. It seems as if you are ‘flowing’ through your work.”

Roomer’s 10 Triggers are worth reviewing, here are a few of our favorites:


TRIGGER 1: Eliminate all external distractions. That means not just putting your phone on silent, but turning it over or putting it away [tried one of these yet?]. And don’t just clear off your workspace, but your computer desktop as well: close any extraneous browser tabs [the horror!] and turn off notifications [how could you!].


TRIGGER 2: Eliminate internal distractions. Roomer suggests daily journaling and meditation, which both struck a chord with us. One of the more popular topics in our member accountability group, Cotivation, is a habit gleaned from Bullet Journaling: starting and ending the day by listing your to-dos. More on this later… but a key benefit is getting your to dos out of your head.

And, who has time for meditation, you ask? We recently launched a new Wellness @ Work program for Collective coworkers featuring free weekly meditation breaks led by our friends at Good Elephant. So, us – that’s who!


TRIGGER 3: Work at your Biological Peak Time. Find the time of day that you have the most energy. It’s not easy and may take a few days – if not weeks – of tracking, but well worth it. Try this simple energy check-in table we created for our recent #FreelanceFriday attendees:


Our suggestion: take 10 minutes and read Roomer’s full article on Medium.com. Love to hear your thoughts – or perhaps you have a few triggers of your own to share. Please do!

Why Students Need Coworking.

January 23, 2019 in Announcements

Because professionals work here.

Escaping the distractions of a busy home, active roommates and loud “study areas” are all great reasons for students to consider working out of a coworking space, BUT the bigger benefit? Actively meeting and working beside professionals in your field of study.

(mic drop.)

With a monthly membership at the Reno Collective, students can take advantage of the opportunity to level up their studies by connecting directly with local creatives, freelancers and entrepreneurs. Imagine working alongside potential mentors and employers.

The connections I’ve made are great! Through the Collective I’ve met people that do the same work that I do, which for me is hard to find at school, but also people that have similar hobbies outside the work environment.

– Alec R., student member

For $30 per month, full-time students get 24/7 access to the Collective, including open-plan cafe-style seating, conference rooms that are perfect for group meetings, the chance to participate in a professional accountability group with peers, and unlimited FREE COFFEE (should have led with that, right?).

Request a tour at renocollective.com/students and start leveling up today!

Accountability: Coworking-style

January 8, 2019 in Announcements

With a lifestyle of never-ending to-do lists, setting and accomplishing goals can be especially tricky. Day 1, inspiration hits. Day 2, reality hits. A tried-and-true method of accomplishing a goal? Accountability to someone other than yourself.

One of the biggest benefits of working out of the Reno Collective is the chance to join a 6-week accountability group called “Cotivation.” Cotivation is a quarterly program where a small group of Collective members meet for 1 hour a week, across 6 weeks, with a moderator who presents topics and leads discussions. Each member decides on a goal or habit to work on over the 6-week session, shares it with the group and – tah dah! – the magic happens.

Co-tivation. Like Mo-tivation coworking-style…get it?!?

Now, not every Cotivation participant gets their goal accomplished in those 6 weeks – but evidence proves that just taking it off the back burner of life and sharing it with others gets you one step closer to success. Weekly meetings ensure everyone has a sense of accountability as well as ongoing guidance from helpful peers. Challenges are routinely identified, tackled, then re-examined, so participants feel a sense of not just progress in their work but in their development as better professionals and more well-rounded people.

Membership at the Reno Collective isn’t just a “place to work,” it’s a place to be a part of a community that collaborates and motivates.

UPCOMING SESSIONS:

  • Q1: weeks of Jan. 14 – Feb. 18 (weekday and time to be selected by group)
  • Q2: weeks of April 22 – May 27 (weekday and time to be selected by group)

RC Members – if you are interested in participating sign up here.

If you are curious about Cotivation – or a membership at the Collective – contact Rachel: rachel@renocollective.com or (members) reach out to @Rachel on slack.

Collective Desk #9: Rigorous Proof

June 6, 2012 in Announcements, Events

I’ll know I’ve really made my way when there are lots of boys who want to see me naked.

What?

I’m just goofing on Rigorous Proof’s single, “Carolina,” but all silliness aside – the boys have some chops. Heavy on the reverb and peppered with distortion, it’ll be interesting to see the group’s acoustic adaptation for CDC9 this Friday at 5 p.m. at Reno Collective.

Come on down. We can have some Beer:30 action at 4:30 p.m. then listen and watch these Reno locals put on a groovtacular show for us.

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Collective Desk #8: Memory Motel

May 23, 2012 in Events

I’m not sure exactly what Foltronica is, but I know it’ll be at The Reno Collective for CDC8.

If you’re as curious as I am to put a sound to the title, come on down to 522 Lander St. and check out Memory Motel. Beer:30 starts at 4:30 p.m. and the show’s at 5 p.m. so come have a visit, hang out with your bangs out, and stay for the folktronic wonderments.

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Don elaborates on collaborating…

May 1, 2012 in Events

If I hear “community building” one more time…

Oh…

Well it sounds smooth and buttery when Don Morrison says it.

Don spoke as a featured guest for the the Reynolds School of Journalism’s #Jour4Jobs forum via Google Hangout.

One of the benefits he spoke about at the Collective?

“Confidence.”

With community and shared work comes confidence in an idea. Ideas can lead to great things, like Cloudsnap, or Don’s haircut, or even The Reno Collective.

Keep spawning ideas, and don’t be afraid to share those ideas with a friend. The process might take you somewhere.

Collective Desk #5: Spike McGuire

April 11, 2012 in Collective Desk, Events

If the phrase “acoustic political post-folk punk” piques your interest then you should probably cancel your early Friday evening plans and come see Spike McGuire at Collective Desk #5. If political post-folk punk isn’t enough then maybe “raw vocal grit” or “impassioned lyrics” will draw you in. Maybe you’re excited to see a local boy perform for you. Tell you what, we’ll just see you here on on Friday, April 13th at 5 p.m., okay?

We haven’t quite figured out how a singer/songwriter that usually performs with the barebones accompaniment of an acoustic guitar will fulfill the Collective Desk mandate of a stripped-down set, but we’re excited to see the results. Someone that has shared the stage with tremendous musicians including: Chuck Ragan, Franz Nicolay, Kevin Seconds, Eddie Spaghetti, Kepi Gouhlie, and Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers is sure to please!

I have to admit, I’m still stuck on “post-folk punk”…

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Calling all RNO Nightowls

April 3, 2012 in Announcements

You “wake up” after the sun has set. Your best work happens when the rest of Reno is in bed. The glow of your laptop screen fuels late night hack sessions. Your brain just functions better in the dark.

Did any of that sound familiar? Yeah, you’re a Nightowl.

Until now you’ve had to labor away in your kitchen or den into the wee hours of the morning but starting Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 (that’s tomorrow!) you can stay up late with us! You see, Flash Mallach, our resident denizen of the night, wants you to know you’re not alone. He is convinced that there is a small cadre of you that shun the ball o’flame in the sky and still crave the same collaborative environment the day-walkers enjoy.

With that in mind, he has arranged to host a Reno Collective Nightowl night every Wednesday from 6PM til 12AM. Wednesdays are already pretty busy around here so we thought “why not finish the day with a bang?”. Nightowl nights also coincide with Hacknights every month which allows us to keep the doors open even later for the hacking.

So, Nightowls start every Wednesday at 6PM and go until 12AM. This event is included with your Reno Collective membership. Not a member? (You should fix that!) If you come in after 6PM the drop-in rate will be $5. We’ll keep the doors open for a couple of hours then you’ll need to use the doorbell to get in.

See you Wednesday night?

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Now Showing: the art of Richard Wells

March 26, 2012 in Featured, Inspiration

It’s pretty colorful in the Collective building, but now, even more. Reno artist Richard Wells has lent 22 of his rich abstract pieces to our humble offices to liven up the blank walls. (see photos) Installed February 17 by the artist himself, Richard’s works are bright acrylic paints combined with tons and tons of texture. Look closely and you recognize buttons, nails, jewels, pieces of paper, cloth, leather and other surprises. Richard has a long history in theater costume design, an inspiration that has seeped into this work.

Richard loves to travel and always brings back bits and scraps from each adventure. He incorporates these into a composition, as his impression of the time or place, obvious by the names of the works such as “Night Market/Bankok” and “Prague Castle.” He uses acrylic paint because, he admits, “I have no patience to wait for oils to dry” and prefers bright colors, especially purples, in part as a response to his slight colorblindness. The pieces that are showing at the Collective were created over a three-four year period, but Richard has been using these same techniques for most of his 30 years as an artist.

We’re so thrilled to have Richard’s work inspiring our offices, and may never let him take them back. We’re thankful to Jill Berryman of the Nevada Alliance for Arts Education (a Reno Collective member) for introducing the idea and Richard to us. Yes, the pieces are for sale but hands off the purple one I have my eye on. Be sure to wander around the halls and check out all of Richard’s work, or visit him at his website at www.RichardWellsArt.com.

Many thanks to Richard for sharing his fabulous talent with us.

Photos courtesy of Calvert Photography (thanks, David).