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Grab a new lease on life

Get a new lease on life!

09 February, 2021 | UKO

What if I said you could lease the life you always imagined for yourself, that it’s not a fantasy and if you wanted, you could start living it today!

 

2021 has kicked off (Happy New Year btw) and although we are all a little more crowd-aware, we are definitely pulling together more as a family in a radical spike of consciousness and desire to appreciate more. 

 

Appreciation is a bit of a funny verb.  We think we are all acting on it, until we’re faced with adversity and we are forced to look it straight in the eyes.  So right about now, we are probably doing our fair share of what I like to call, appreciation grazing.  And that’s a great thing. No-one ever said too much of a good thing was bad right?

 

With heightened appreciation for loved ones and life, we are also forced to re-evaluate how we live and with who.  And that’s probably very normal. These strange times have introduced a slurry of revolutions that promote change in every which direction, so if there was ever a time to sit up and pay attention, it’s now. Loneliness is a thing of the past!

 

Our time is now

 

We’ve seen the rise of social revolutions.  We have seen humanity rise globally and the celebration of family.  The rental revolution is here and coming soon, right along with it, is the community living revolution.

 

We are appreciating what we have more, lightening the burden of finances and life by living with less.  We are coming together more, collaborating and seeing strength in the collective.  We are seeing remote working, trust increase and humans coming together in a time of need. 

 

Appreciation is self preservation and you could lease your way to living life your way through the rise of yet another ‘sign of the times’ protégé’, co-living.  Read our top 5 house keeping resolutions for 2021.  

 

Giving yourself a new lease on life is not just a saying, just like our appreciation cousin, it hides in the weeds until we see it.  It’s a good time to explore.  

 

Generation lease

 

It’s estimated that approximately 1.46 million Australian renters are aged between 25 – 34 years old. Of this number, 250,000 live by themselves.

 

This generation of independent renters are characterised as being highly mobile, moving through careers and from place to place.

 

They are tech-savvy, digitally connected, working professionals demanding flexible living solutions to fulfil their everyday needs. 

 

Co-living is a modern form of shared living. You get a private designer micro apartment all to yourself and share the living spaces with others. In expensive inner cities, it’s become a popular space to live more affordably, connect with others and empower you to live the dream.

 

The world may show her cracks, but there are enormous opportunities if you are looking

 

UKO offers multiple co-living spaces in Sydney for you to choose from.   Every studio comes fully furnished, with lease flexibility, a community host and community activities! 

 

Make 2021 the year you look back on with a smile for giving yourself that new lease on life.  

 

Book yourself a tour to see why our residents are thrilled with their space:

 

Paddington

 

Paddington Village

 

Stanmore

 

Newtown

 

West Ryde

 

Find out more about co-living and UKO today. 

 

Or

 

Book a tour with us and we’ll be happy to show you around.

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Can designs influence your mood?

Can designs influence your mood?

09 February, 2021 | BY UKO

Behind every grand building, is a grand design that has a badass science to it.

 

Introducing the science behind the unique and modern UKO apartments and the influence these designs can have on our mood. 

 

It’s no secret that patterns, light, dark and space all play into our mood. But what about innovation, clean finishes, tech and functional design?

 

Architects and designers have often considered space and function over the behaviour of those who will live with it, but that is all changing without a shadow of a doubt. 

 

User-friendly buildings are being adapted into city scapes more and more and with good reason; cost of living and desire to live life differently. Today’s renter is different. They value flexibility and experiences more than any generation before them.

 

Smart design.  Modern living

 

UKO has been built for digital nomads, corporate travellers, students, key workers, flexible renters and well, just about anyone interested in the idea. It’s all encompassing design solution was built to simplify responsibilities and present a smart and functional space for modern living.

 

UKO’s design team develop spaces that are functional, adaptable and comfortable.  Above all, every room has been created to ‘live in’ and meet the needs of the wellbeing of their residents. ​

Well-designed communal spaces form the centre-piece for interactions between residents.  The interior architecture and design layout has been optimised for easy living and for mood in light of it’s easy-on-the-eye aesthetics.

 

Designed for living

 

Apartment furniture and appliances have been considered with the same focussed strategy.  Every detail adds to rental appeal.  From the adaptable, move anywhere furnishings, to the move-in-ready studio’s, the active social spaces and instant communities.  Above all, it’s affordable.

 

It’s no wonder UKO has become Australia’s undisputed leader in the co-living arena; an established, well-connected and reputable brand that meets the needs of its residents first.

 

Moods are lifted not just by the hidden gems in the architect, but by the community, events, sense of belonging and lighter way of living.  It’s designed for living.

 

To Find out more about co-living, visit www.uko.com.au 

 

OR

 

Book a tour and come see for yourself.

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Breathing Space - Now available!

Breathing Space – Now Available!

09 February, 2021 | UKO

UKO knows how valuable your time is, so they’ve created a living space dedicated to it.  With views to melt into and sophisticated design features, landscaped gardens and the support of community living, you’ll have all the time you need.

UKO’s latest edition to the family is a brand new high-profiled listing in Top Ryde

If you love the finer things in life, these premium apartments might be the space you’ve been waiting for.

 

Breath in peace-of-mind ownership! 

 

UKO’s high-end boutique offers 1,2 and 3 bedroom furnished and unfurnished apartments. Designed to suit the modern family and working professionals, every lease is secure from the day you move in, which means you can live here for as long as you like.  

These executive-styled apartments are a designers dream. They are not just pleasing to the eye with Italian bathroom finishes, caesar stone benches, outdoor living, great views and landscaped gardens but they are functional hubs that build genuine friendships, networks and communities. 

 

Prized design

 

Botanic, Top Ryde was built in collaboration between highly acclaimed Sasco
Developments and one of Australia’s top-tier architects, Fender Katsalidis!

Featuring a stunning sandstone and timber-louvre exterior, the building entrance itself is a special attraction.

Everyone seem to be looking for that perfect work-life balance these days and personal success demands a lot of you and your time.  UKO have invested a lot of thought into this notion.  They have devised lifestyle solutions throughout their apartments that not only offer their residents the luxury of more time, but a philosophy for improved standards of living through architectural design.   

This premium property also includes a private host, planned entertainment, secure parking and upmarket shared spaces. It’s a collective mindset and pooled philosophies that set living at UKO apart. This is the evolution of designer living; aimed at building quality experiences through community and a lot more breathing space. 

 

It’s luxury of life meets the luxury of time

 

The future of living has arrived and can finally live up to your expectation as the benefits shift to the renter.  As this year picks up momentum, gear yourself towards living life your way.  If anything, the lessons learnt from last year have led us to exactly where we need to be.  So, perhaps this is the year to take charge and engage with living the life you envisage for yourself and perhaps your family.  Whether you are a working professional, or a small family, this upmarket lifestyle is possible for everyone.  

 

Isn’t it time you breathed some space into your life?

 

To find out more about Top Ryde, Visit www.uko.com.au

Or book a tour today to come see for yourself!


Hey there, lonely!

Hey there, lonely!

December 22, 2020 | BY UKO

Sometimes we end up feeling alone.  Friends move away; you’re living someplace new; or perhaps you’ve started a new job.  Sometimes feeling lonely is just a moment in time that can be fixed with a quick bit of advice. 

 

Co-living is a modern take on a share-house. It gives you a private studio and invites a sense of community.  It doesn’t matter if you are single, a couple, new to the country or in from another state.  UKO is the perfect launchpad to meet new friends and feel part of the neighbourhood real quick.

 

Privacy, security and space

 

UKO private studio units are designed to a highest quality with modern finishes. They have all been created to maximise space and comfort and entertain (yes, that’s on your agenda, even if it’s not right now).  Each unit has its own kitchenette facility and ensuite bathroom, making each space a comfortable and self-sufficient living space. 

 

Friends, community and entertainment

 

Our properties celebrate communal spaces to work, share a coffee, entertain, meet new friends or mingle.  It’s easy to make friends,collaborate and share ideas in this space.  It’s the perfect way to build a network and integrate quickly.

 

Every apartment has a host that plans events and entertainment to bring everyone together, so it never needs to feel forced or intimidating.  You can expect free yoga, BBQs and other social events.

 

Lonely just doesn’t exist at UKO, so what are you waiting for!  The new year is looming. You can literally just move in with a bag and go.  2021 is the year you make your mark and meet new found friends.  

 

“I’ve enjoyed the community events – we had an awesome Christmas dinner which was like one big family! I’ve also been able to make great professional connections.” 

UKO Resident – Stanmore

 

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CO-LIVING, VISIT WWW.UKO.COM.AU

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Cheers

UKO Crew


Top 5 house-keeping resolutions for 2021

Top 5 house-keeping resolutions for 2021

December 22, 2020 | BY UKO

 

Make your New Years’ resolution about you. And why not!  After the year we’ve had, you deserve to make a few important changes to build you up in 2021. Make 2021 your year of independence!

 

Here’s our top house-keeping tips to help you ease into the year ahead:

 

Live lighter

 

Make 2021 your year of lightness. This means less clutter, less baggage, less hassle, less rent. Your aim should be to do less of the stuff that weighs you down and chews up time and focus on giving back to yourself in other ways.  Time is precious and we need to protect it and make it work for us.  How will you make it work for you this year?

 

Take the stairs

Lockdown has delivered a year of unknowns.  It’s given food for thought in planning our year ahead. One thing is for sure, we need to practice healthier habits with every little thing we do.  Make Jan 01 2021 the day you decide to take the stairs and walk with ease to wherever it is you need to be and move on up this year.  

 

Get connected

 

Many people around the world got to feel the heaviness of loneliness this year sadly. If anything, it’s tested our personal space and showed us the importance of community. Make 2021 your year to connect more.  Reach out to others and belong to something greater than yourself. Enrich your life with community, stronger friendship and the support you deserve.

 

Live life your way

 

Commit to you! This is your year to live the way you really want.  There’s no time like now to start. If life has weighed you down this year, perhaps you need to think about the new practices and habits that will enable you more next year.  This could mean living more centrally, living with others, or living a more simpler life.  You may want to live closer to work or in walking distance to your locals.  Whatever you need, be sure the year ahead is kind and makes it possible for you to do the things in your life that really matter to you every day.

 

Off-line your life

 

2020 has seen us lose track of how long we spend online. Make 2021 your most productive year yet and find ways to celebrate living life your way by learning a new skill, meeting new friends, playing old-school board games, being outdoors, practicing yoga, gardening, cooking or anything that doesn;t involve a screen.  Your mind and body will thank you for this in the year ahead.

 

Resolution solution

It’s all ready for you.  Get your bags packed and move straight into your new designer ready-made studio.  Complete with friends, sunset views, free yoga, BBQ nights and best of all, your rent will cover it all.  All your resolutions are about to come true.

 

Take a closer look at some of the best co-living apartments located in and around Sydney.  Studios are now available.  Come book yourself a tour to see why our residents are thrilled with their new space:

 

Paddington

 

Paddington Village

 

Stanmore

 

Newtown

 

West Ryde

 

SPECIAL OFFER

 

Before the 2021 rates kick in we’d like to offer you a special offer for the first 3 months of the year. Get in touch to apply today and let us ease you into the year ahead.

 

Happy new Year!  Be kind to yourself in 2021 and come see what Co-living has to offer you.  You won’t believe the difference it will make to your life. Come and see it for yourself!

 

BOOK NOW

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Test if co-living is for you!

Test if co-living is for you!

December 22, 2020 | BY UKO

The biggest cities in the world are witnessing a social revolution. But is it for you?

The rise of co-working spaces is upon us. Social engagement and the increased cost of living has contributed greatly to the future of a community and lifestyle.  Co-living at UKO means connecting humans in all areas of life for a new way of living that’s lighter on stuff and richer in meaning. 

We’ve designed homes for those who want to live more collectively, and connectedly, it is an anchor for the curious to explore, create and socialise. 

There are several co-living spaces in Australia, the first of its kind being that of UKO, who have five (5) hubs in Sydney and are growing. We owe our success to our communities, who love nothing more than a flexible, stress-reduced, simple way of living. 

 

Here’s 5 way to test if this global trend is for you:

You love perks

It’s hard to think this one isn’t for us all.  Everyone loves a perk! And it seems to be a big appeal factor for our UKOers.

Do you look for amenities that feel new, are innovative, high in quality and unlike most rentals? Are you attracted to unique perks such as free on-site entertainment, laundry, house cleaning and even a host — and at no extra cost?  Do you look for reasonable rent prices, a diverse lifestyle and love the thought of sharing some of your time with like-minded people? 

 

You believe less is more

Do you crave experience? Do you have a love for aesthetics?  Is managing your finances better in 2021 on the cards? Do you like the idea of living a minimalistic life?  Do you like to feel organised and desire more control in your life?

Within a humble 22-35sqm in size, you’ll find a smart and innovative studio design at UKO.  Private studios are set up with functional simplicity and every space has been highly considered to maximise your living experience.   

You want rent to cover it all

Do you ever get the urge to move straight into a new apartment with just a bag in hand? Do you want your rent to cover everything, all bills, furnishings and more?

At UKO, every studio is fully furnished and fully private. Each includes beautifully designed spaces with appliances and a few consumables. Bills are fully covered, you can expect high speed WiFi and several other amenities, such as clean linen, BBQ’s, Movie Nights, Brunches, communal dinners and instant friends.

You could be juggling a student loan or moving out of home for the first time.  Maybe you are a young professional, single or a commuter looking to live centrally and reduce travel time. Perhaps you are a couple looking to live and save smarter with aim of finding a reliable, safe and quality life without the added hassles.

More people are looking to find easier, more convenient ways of living;  more are wanting to live sustainably, with fewer material items. More wish to spend their time and money on the things that matter most.

Solutions like UKO co-living enable people to live life in ways that allow them to shape their own lives, giving them the freedom they desire.

 

You are inspired by innovation

 

Are you nomadic by nature? Are you an imaginative and creative spirit who loves the idea of all things new?  You live for smart design and form to help you live life your way.  You may want to work flexible hours?  Or perhaps work from home.

Do you love to network and brainstorm ideas? Do you long for less housework? Do you long to have more time on your hands, freeing you up to focus on what matters most to you?

Are you into craft, well-engineered things and purpose-led design? Do you like to surround yourself with clever gadgets and solutions to get through your day?

You will love how functional designs make a difference and enhance your immediate living spaces rather than take away from them at UKO.

Do you also love being ‘IN IT’ and central to all things? Do you like being able to tap into life as you walk out the door? UKO co-living in Sydney offers several spaces, all in prime locations and within a quick walking distance to the events, best clubs, bars, restaurants and shops to have your home life experiences meet your good time ones as often as you feel the urge.

 

You want friendship and a community

 

 

Are you looking for an instant community and authentic friendships? Loneliness might have been a concern for you in the past and you are looking to move past it.  Do you like the security of having others around you? Do you desire a sustainable lifestyle that builds a bank of experiences and do you thrive on social interaction? 

Do you long to forge your own path and do things differently? What about true friendship and companionship in times of need? This is most definitely a place of connection for you to consider.  Although each studio is private, the communal spaces and host present the perfect opportunity for networking and collaboration. Your host will motivate get togethers, when times are safe to do so (outside any Covid restrictions) and your community awaits when you feel like connecting.  It’s like having friends on tap.

 

If you said YES to any of the above questions, then co-living will definitely suit you and you should consider booking a tour at UKO today.

 

BOOK A TOUR today or visit www.UKO.com.au for more information about co-living.

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The Rise of Co-Living

The Rise of Co-Living

December 22, 2020 | BY UKO

Co-living is on the rise worldwide. This modern way of living stems from urban hubs and travellers that have embraced the shared economy as a lifestyle and ‘work on the go’ choice, inspiring people from all walks of life. The aim; to build fresh opportunities inside their transformative and somewhat liquid environment.

Today, co-living is not just for travellers, but for anyone keen to unlock a modern life with limitless lifestyle possibilities.  Balance and community living are just a few of the benefits These nifty spaces are designed with innovation and intelligence in mind. Think James Bond x Fifth Element vibes, with the clever rendering of space and time.  And if co-housing, hostels and communal spaces come to mind, think again; they are not even close to being in the same league.

Co-living space is a modern evolving life-lab to build inspiring opportunities

and give you the ultimate gift of all – time.

There are several co-living spaces in Australia, the first of its kind being that of UKO, who have five (5) co-living hubs in Sydney with expansion plans. The success, highly attributed to the benefits of living ‘the life’ your wayUKO co-living spaces are situated in prime, highly sought after spots all over Sydney, including Paddington, Newtown, West Ryde, Stanmore and soon to be Surry Hills.  These private 25sqm studios have been converted into cutting edge, state-of-the-art micro-spaces with functional spaces to go the extra mile.

Rent from $400 per week covers a fully furnished studio.  All bills are included, along with HD TV, linen, laundry, high-speed wifi and a community host to help you out. This frees up time to invest in the important stuff, and more like the BBQ’s, Movie Nights, Brunches communal dinners,  social opportunities and an easy walk to the best of Sydney.  A bit like a new-age hotel that celebrates the comfort of home with the backing of friends.

Monica – Your Friendly community host

The benefits of co-living exceed expectations. Need privacy, you have it! Want to connect, come get it. Must explore the city often. Yes.  Easy access to transport.  Absolutely! Need a neat, minimalistic setup.  Definitely.  Looking for security, safety, friendship, a network, collaboration or a space to learn?  UKO ticks all the boxes and with the New Year looming, you might like to consider you next move to suit your resolutions for the year ahead.

The rise of rent is relentless!

Solutions like co-living are genius in their concept of finding solace, Co-living is in fact for everyone, from couples to singles, the aspiring Elon Musks, the innovators, the Tinder-daters, the introverts and star-struck lovers, the poets and the dreamers, the intellectuals and the socialites.  This new way of living seems to open doors to new possibilities.  It puts its residents in charge of living a more flexible, minimalistic life.

 

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CO-LIVING, VISIT WWW.UKO.COM.AU

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The Best Events Around Your UKO Suburb

The Best Events Around Your UKO Suburb

NOVEMBER 25, 2020 | BY UKO

Hand picked for their localities, here’s what’s happening around our awesome suburbs.

Our UKO’s are hand picked for their locations. From the Inner West to the East and Northern Sydney they’re all in prime positions.  If you want to know your local or top places to eat in your UKO suburb, check UKO locations on our website. Let’s explore what makes each UKO location outstanding… here’s what’s happening around our city as COVID restrictions ease. Get your UKO neighbours together and get around town! Here’s the best of what’s happening over the coming weeks. 

Eastern Suburbs

Surry Hills Markets

1 December 1 2020 (Monthly event)

The Surry Hills Markets are a fundraiser for the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, specialising in handmade, second-hand and recycled goods. The markets are held in Shannon Reserve, on the corner of Crown and Collins Streets.

Motel Mexicola, Bondi 

Saturday, November 14 & all December 

Bondi Beach Public Bar’s regular menu, interior and playlist will be replaced by those of Motel Mexicola! Expect tacos, tequila and colourful tiles aplenty.

Cinderella, the Grounds of Alexandria 

Between now and January 3, 2021

You don’t need a fairy godmother to enjoy Sydney’s latest pop-up. You don’t need to arrive via a carriage that used to be a pumpkin, either. When you’re having a bite to eat at The Grounds of Alexandria, you will be able to wander through lit-up laneways that look like they’ve just stepped out of a fairytale — and tuck into a pumpkin carriage sponge cake.

Inner West

The Show Must Go On Dendy Cinema, Newtown 

Now – Wednesday, December 2

When it comes to watching some of the most entertaining movies ever committed to celluloid, Dendy Newtown is taking Grease‘s advice — by giving viewers more. The venue is dedicating a heap of sessions to big-screen musicals. Yes, it’s expected that you’ll hear some singing from the audience.

Outer West 

Pop up Disney+ Drive-In, Bankwest Stadium 

November

Since late in 2019, when Disney launched its own streaming platform, fans of its animated classics, beloved hits and many, many super-popular franchises have been able to binge their way through the Mouse House’s back catalogue from the comfort of their couch. Fans are being asked to leave their houses to check out a selection of the company’s famed titles — all thanks to the new pop-up Disney+ Drive-In that’s coming to Sydney.

Still undecided? Here are a bunch of other links for you to check out!


A Couples Journey to Coliving

A Couples Journey to Coliving

NOVEMBER 25, 2020 | BY UKO

Co-living is not only for singles, the experience for couples 

We caught up with Paddington Village couple Sara and Diego about their experience with Co-living and life in their UKO Paddington Village Gallery Studio. Co-living is not only for singles, it’s couple friendly too! Save on dollars and gain the benefits of the Co-living community such as drinks and nibbles on a Friday, a much loved touch for UKO members when the weekend comes around! Here’s a couple’s personal personal journey to, and experience in, coliving. 

Diego, how did you meet Sara? What have been some of the biggest benefits and challenges living together as a couple in a coliving studio?

Sara and I were born in the same city but met here in Sydney, whilst we were on our own journeys. It’s like life laid out the best pathway in front of us to follow. We’re now living together in a coliving studio. When living as a couple, you start to know one another much more such as one another’s individuality that comes out through manners and customs. When you share space, you share time and even your moods! But we have fitted together so well. 

The studio gives us the option to “customise” it to our liking and we don’t tend to have much furniture or many decorations. I like how the place was initially set up. I’ve tried to keep the layout as it leaves enough space to move around and not feel like you’re getting out of bed and walking straight into the fridge! For us it’s great to have a balcony, we chat whilst watching beautiful sunsets before moving onto the couch where we keep chatting or watch YouTube. We’ll cook something and eat at the dining table. We’ve even had friends come over and we didn’t feel there was no space. So far I haven’t struggled with anything, so, there’s not much to talk about regarding challenges.

Why did you move to Sydney and what do you do in this city?

Diego – We’re from South-America. For us it’s important to learn the English language to open up more opportunities, whether that’s professional or personal. It was a great decision that we made to come to Australia rather than the United States. Here we’re able to study and work and afford the experience, which is not possible in the States. The quality of life we experience here is a blessing, and Sydney is one of the best cities to live in the world. We also love the opportunity to meet people from everywhere and learn from their culture. And of course, to be able to have a beautiful place to come home to after work!

Sara, so how’d you come across UKO?

I’d planned to spend some time outside of Sydney in the Blue Mountains around the time that Diego and I met. When I came back to Sydney, and we planned to move in together, we went to a few open inspections and nothing was suitable. I’d seen the photos of Paddington Village on the UKO website. I was super excited and said to Diego, I want to move here!

Why Paddington Village?

Sara – I’d been living in Killara, which is nice but not the most convenient place to live. I knew Paddington quite well and how much of a great location it is! Walking around Paddington Village there are such beautiful streets and houses!

Diego – We knew about the co-living concept for a while before we moved in. I’ve personally found it amazing as I like to socialise. In a regular flat you rarely have the chance to with flat mates as everyone has busy and varied schedules. For the first time, as our fellow UKOers are always friendly and happy to say ‘hi’, I often have short conversations. This makes me appreciate how good the people are that I share the building with. I’ve only attended one event, but it was enough to meet everyone and become excited about the UKO experience.

What has your experience of UKO been?

Sara – When we went on a tour of Paddington Village we were surprised, Diego especially, to find that the photos on the website were accurate. Everything in real life looked as it did online. This is rare with rental apartments in Sydney! Everything was brand new and the sign up process was easy. I’m super busy with my work and study so I love how Jorge (the Community Host) leaves sweets in our communal lounge area and drinks and nibbles in the fridge on a Friday! I also love having fresh sheets every two weeks. OMG this is unbelievable! 

 So, co-living and micro apartment living is working well for you two

Diego – I have to say that it’s more than I expected. We are both pretty organised people and like to have a harmonious place to live. It’s a winning combination to have a micro apartment – our own space which is easy to clean. 

Living here has also taught us to own less. Previously, when we had a large room, we were able to store many things which we never really used. We found it incredible that the studio had all the necessary space! Before moving in, the first thing we did was decide what we needed to keep and what we could get rid of such as clothes, bags, etc. Another benefit was the kitchen appliances were brand new. The experience from the beginning has been incredible and it continues to be. 

Have there been any unique benefits to co-living as a couple that you didn’t expect?

Our co-living experience has been minimal as we haven’t attended every gathering, however, after being to a couple at UKO Paddington and UKO Paddington Village, the opportunity to know people who are similar to you is a unique benefit. In this environment, everyone is willing to share the benefits that UKO provides within the spaces. Sara and I discuss personal challenges, this is not speaking native English. However we feel proud when we’re interacting with locals and holding these conversations! So we’re really fulfilling our purposes coming to Australia! 


15 Steps to a Better You

15 Steps to a Better You

NOVEMBER 25, 2020 | BY UKO

Developing one’s self and finding balance 

Get back on track with 15 steps to a better you: make plans, make money, get into a good routine… etc, just follow these steps and there you’ll have it; a better you. No, well we all know it’s not so simple. We want our lives to be exciting and fulfilling however there isn’t any guide for how to exactly achieve this. We can get caught up in work and even lose track of time, to the point where we wonder where the years go. Juggling study, work and life… the old work-life balance is challenging. At the best of times, work won’t clear your mind, so we need to find this excitement for fulfilment elsewhere… but how!

Balance The Grind is a website entirely dedicated to showcasing healthy work-life balance through stories of people all over the world in different careers and lifestyles. No individual is the same, hence talking anyone through an ideal step-by-step process just won’t work. However by looking at others as examples, we might be able to garner the ideas that we need to coordinate all of the things that make up our work and our lives. 

Balance The Grind’s Daily Routines series explores the daily routines, schedules, habits and rituals of successful world leaders, artists, startup founders, business executives, writers and world class athletes to uncover the key learnings. I took a look at Sydney local entrepreneurs Manda Kelly, Co-founder of Freelancing Gems,  Lauren Crystal, Co-founder of Hassle and Liam McNally, Diversity & Inclusion Partner at GitLab. These people all have such busy days! Back-to-back meetings, small time slots to produce work, guest speaking on webinars and then they’ve got their families, friends and health to sort out! How do they do it? Multitasking, juggling follow-ups… they’ve all had experience stopping and starting routines and practices to adjust and adapt their lives. 

The key is to give yourself the time.

Time to work out what it is that you need to balance work and life. This is because balance is going to be different for everyone and dependent upon commitments, health and family situation. Central aspects of Manda, Laren and Liam’s lives are exercise, work flexibility and breaking work down into smaller pieces. No university assignment work style all-nighters! What a relief! 

Manda, Lauren and Liam all exercise in the mornings at some stage. It may be first thing at 6:00 am, at 8 am… or later in the morning at 11 am. Flexibility is something that these people have across the board which allows for different intersections of work and life. Work flexibility means that you don’t have to wait until 6:00 pm to get to the gym. It also means that you can work globally, Liam’s company is US based and Manda has recently spoken at the UN World Entrepreneurs Day webinar. Flexible work means they can all make their personal appointments which are often scheduled during work hours. Their work patterns are broken up into 1-2 hour slots and regular breaks such as gym, groceries, walks or coffees are integrated around slots. The experts say productivity is then increased and the mind is cleared.

So what does balance mean to Manda, Lauren and Liam? For Manda Kelly, balance means “personal balance in mind, body and spirit! I am pretty high energy so I need my down time and mindfulness.” Lauren Crystal says it’s “ loving your job, whilst at the same time your work environment and respecting the boundaries of your personal life.” For Liam McNally, “it’s very important for me to have that integration in order to be productive. I achieve this by being strict with my flexibility.”  

These may not be your answers but here are the top tips from the experts: 

  • Turn your phone on airplane mode so you don’t get calls during your personal time.
  • Use tools such as Hassle to reduce emails to a minimum.
  • Focus for 1-2 hour intervals of work and take breaks to maximise productivity. 
  • Never compromise your exercise or your health. 
  • Catch up with friends to break up your day for exercise, walks or coffees. 

Balance to maintain both our mental and physical health is essential. If you’re not healthy you can’t do much at all! By burning the candles at both ends you can get run down, exhaust yourself and potentially bring out illnesses. Keep that balance! It’s not as easy as following any step by step guide as we all have different responsibilities and commitments as well as heath levels. So, ensure that you take the time to work out what you need to get your balance right!