The weather has been pretty good for UK weather recently and I have found it getting hot (and humid) in the office. The balmy weather has caused more idle chitchat in the afternoons, the whirling fans and open windows are ruffling papers and people think it is acceptable to wear flip-flops around the office.
How are you coping with the weather? Do you need to boost your productivity?
Below are some tips for maintaining your productivity in this weather:
1. Plan your vacation time
If you plan your summer holiday and book some time off you will spend less time ‘dreaming’ about having a few days off. If you have nothing special planned take a couple of long weekends – have a break and get out and enjoy the sun while it lasts.
2. Start work earlier when it is cooler
If you can work flexible hours or even if you want to be more productive on a regular work schedule – do the important things first thing in the morning and the lighter tasks in the afternoon when you are more likely to be distracted.If you have flexible working hours you have the added bonus of leaving the office earlier to do what you want in the long summer evenings.
3. Drink plenty of fluids (and stick a spare drink in the fridge)
There is nothing worse than getting dehydrated or developing a headache when you have a busy day ahead of you. Drinking plenty of fluids will keep you hydrated and keep you cool. A cool refreshing drink is an extra bonus (for desperate times).
4. Keep a breeze flowing through the office
Whether you dig out the fans or open the window – try to maintain a cooler and more comfortable temperature in the office. Just make sure any loose paper is weighted down and that there are no distractions (road works or lawnmowers) outside.
5. Wear lighter clothing
Sometimes it can be hard to wear professional clothing and still remain cool. I usually wear light colours and dresses or short-sleeved shirts that I can pop a jacket over if a client drops in. If you are lucky you may even have a more relaxed summer dress code.
6. Take a Short Walk (or Don’t)
For some people taking a walk outside can work wonders for their productivity a few minutes of some extra sunrays can be extremely satisfying. Other people prefer not to go outdoors at all as it is the exposure to the sun that makes their productivity go out the window. Work out which one you are and adapt your behaviour accordingly.
What are you doing to help maintain your productivity levels this summer?