Virtual coworking is a productivity strategy where individuals work on their own tasks while sharing a virtual space with others.
Your coworking partners don't actively engage or interfere with your tasks. Instead, they provide an extra dose of focus and a sense of community.
Virtual coworking offers gentle social accountability that boosts drive, focus, and task completion.
It's particularly suitable for adults with ADHD, remote workers, freelancers, and entrepreneurs.
Regular accountability check-ins increase odds of completing a goal by 3.8x (from 25% to 95%)
Presence of people, even not engaged in the same task, can boost your performance by 16-32%
By adding intention to take action at a given time you could 2x the odds of completing your goals
Turning your calendar into a series of mini-projects adds structure and a sense of urgency to your workflow
40% productivity loss when multitasking and 23 minutes to re-focus each time we switch tasks
Deep, focused work enables a flow state, which can boost productivity by 500% (McKinsey)
Virtual coworking, also known as online coworking or virtual body doubling, is a productivity strategy where individuals work on their own tasks while sharing a virtual space with others.
The concept takes the idea of physical coworking spaces and adapts it to the digital world, making it particularly suitable for remote and independent workers, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and people with ADHD.
In a virtual coworking session, participants connect over video or chat to set their intentions, work on their individual tasks, and then debrief on progress at the end. The presence of others serves as a passive form of accountability, helping you focus and stay on task. Your coworking partners don't actively engage or interfere with your tasks. Instead, they provide an extra dose of focus and a sense of community.
Virtual coworking offers gentle social accountability that boosts drive, focus, and task completion, providing a platform for deep work and concentration.
The shared environment and common goal of staying focused and getting things done create a sense of community that can enhance productivity and motivation.
Virtual coworking is a simple yet powerful tool that can help you get more done faster. It creates a sense of community and reduces feelings of isolation associated with remote work.
The presence of others is a motivation boost, making even the most tedious tasks seem less overwhelming. It serves as a physical anchor that fosters accountability, nudging us away from procrastination and getting distracted.
It provides a structure that can also help reduce procrastination and increase task completion.
The community and shared energy also reduce the feelings of isolation, making tasks seem less overwhelming and even more enjoyable.
The main benefits of virtual coworking include:
1. Improve focus: Virtual coworking spaces offer a platform for deep work and monotasking that boosts concentration and helps avoid distractions. The shared presence provides a subtle check against wandering thoughts and unnecessary detours.
2. Stop procrastination: With other people present, procrastination takes a backseat. Precommitting to a virtual coworking session makes you less inclined to postpone (tedious) tasks.
3. Boost motivation: virtual coworking can kick you into motion and help you get started (and complete) those all-important tasks. It can make the most mind-numbing of chores seem less boring.
4. Avoid overwhelm: Discussing tasks, goals and progress can add clarity so you can focus on what matters most.
5. Improve time management: The structured time-limited sessions help you set and meet deadlines.
6. Find community: Virtual coworking creates a supportive environment and sense of community that can reduce remote work isolation.
Virtual coworking boosts productivity by leveraging the power of shared focus, social facilitation, and gentle social accountability.
The presence of others serves as a subtle anchor and motivator, keeping you tethered to the task at hand, nudging you away from procrastination and getting distracted. This passive form of accountability enhances focus, wards off procrastination, and increases task completion.
The mere knowledge of an upcoming accountability check-in can improve positive behaviours by 50%, and regular check-ins can increase the likelihood of achieving goals from 25% to a staggering 95%. And adding a specific intention to take action at a precise time more than doubles the probability of completing a goal.
Deepwrk’s virtual coworking platform integrates several proven productivity strategies, such as the Pomodoro technique, timeboxing, precommitment, and monotasking, into a single tool.
It takes all these strategies to the next level by adding light social accountability of working with others, creating an additional layer of motivation and focus.
Additionally, the shared energy and sense of community reduce the feeling of isolation, making tasks less daunting and more enjoyable, further boosting productivity.
Typically, you connect over video (or sometimes chat) to set your intentions, work on your individual tasks, and then debrief on progress at the end.
Your coworking partners don't actively engage or interfere with your tasks. Instead, they provide an extra +focus and a sense of community.
How does Deepwrk ADHD coworking platform work? We host group virtual coworking sessions, where participants share goals, escape distractions, work on their own tasks and get things together.
The focus sessions are rooted in behavioural science and are designed to improve concentration and task completion.
Virtual coworking is suitable for remote and independent workers, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and digital nomads.
It also works exceptionally well for adults with ADHD, as it's a form of body doubling.
But it doesn't matter if you're a writer, designer or Zumba instructor; anyone can benefit from a few hours of focused, uninterrupted work.
You can use virtual coworking to get literally anything done.
Important, challenging, and creative tasks that require focused work. Or lengthy, mundane and repetitive tasks, such as decluttering or cooking.
It's also beneficial for tasks that might induce stress, anxiety and that you tend to put off.
Virtual coworking is often used for writing, designing, starting and planning the day, working on your business, completing chores, decluttering, studying, etc.
Virtual coworking is a form of ADHD body doubling online (which is simply doing a task in the presence of another person or people).
It’s a well-established and proven ADHD productivity technique that can be a game-changer for managing ADHD symptoms, boosting productivity and promoting concentration.
For the inattentive ADHD type, virtual body doubling provides a light dopamine stimulus to get you going.
For hyperactive ADHD, the presence of another person serves as an anchor that makes it much easier to stay focused and on task. The physical cue provides a subtle check against wandering thoughts and unnecessary detours and stops you from giving up on your goals.
ADHD coworking sessions offer many advantages, including support, motivation, and structure - all crucial for managing ADHD.
Virtual body doubling can motivate you to get started, stay focused, and ultimately accomplish your tasks and goals.
Our ADHD body double app offers virtual coworking sessions rooted in behavioural science and designed to improve concentration and task completion for adults with ADHD.
It’s completely OK to be off camera and you can always switch it off.
That being said, keeping video on facilitates accountability and boosts focus.
The mere presence of people, even not engaged in the same task, is proven by research to boost motivation.
The sessions are not recorded. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards inappropriate or bad behaviour.
Book a free session with our virtual coworking platform.
The Deepwrk virtual coworking sessions are guided by a host/facilitator, which makes it easy to get started.
To prepare for your first online coworking session, you can:
✅ Take 1-2 mins to write down your tasks
🔨 Break them down into small and actionable items
☕ Grab your favourite beverage
🕒 Arrive a minute early to settle into your space
To make the most of each session:
📱Get rid of distractions: phone, notifications, open tabs
🗣️ Share your tasks with the group to 3x+ the odds of completing them
📷 Keep your camera on for the added productivity boost
💡Pro tip: Monotask. Focus on a single task at a time to avoid 40% productivity loss associated with multitasking.
There is no yucky small talk as sessions follow similar pattern and have a predefined agenda.
You and your partners share goals in the beginning and debrief on progress at the end. That's about it. Rest of the time is focused, silent work where everyone is getting their stuff done.
Talking is brief (only 20-30 seconds) at the beginning and end of each session; and you can always skip it.
Smiles and friendly faces are welcome and highly encouraged, but you are not expected to socialise.