Being too hot is the one thing that will always hurt your productivity at work, whether you own your own business or work for someone else. When you are too hot, your body has to work harder to try to cool down, which means you have less physical and mental energy for work. This is why you usually don’t get as much done when it’s hot outside and why most people would rather be outside enjoying the weather than working inside.
So, if you find that as it gets hotter, you become less productive, here are some ways to cool down and get more done.
Even though you probably won’t be able to wear shorts and flip flops to the office (unless you work from home and there is no dress code), you will need to find clothes that are thinner and better for hot weather than what you normally wear.
Wearing layers is always a good idea because you can take them off or put them on as needed to stay at the right temperature. Don’t forget that if your office has air conditioning, the clothes you wear on the way there might be too cold, so bring a jacket or cardigan. Speaking of the AC, it’s also wise to ensure you have the necessary air conditioning repair work done before the weather starts to get too hot.
Aside from wearing clothes that are too thick or hot for the weather, dehydration is the biggest problem when it comes to getting work done. The more you drink throughout the day, the more your brain will be able to work exactly as intended, making you less confused and giving you the answers you need.
Water is the best way to stay hydrated, and you should sip it all day long. Keep a bottle of water on your desk so you can keep sipping. But if you want to try something different, you could also try iced coffee. You can make this at your office, and if you don’t drink too much of it, it can be a nice change from water.
During the winter, you might be able to work for longer without stopping, maybe even until lunchtime. Of course, this isn’t a good idea, though, because breaks are important no matter what time of year it is. However, when the temperature goes up in the summer, you might not be able to work as long or as hard because it will be hard on your mind and body.
So, it’s a good idea to take breaks more often. Every 20 minutes or so, get up from your desk and take a walk around the office or go outside to get some fresh air. This can help you work for longer in the long run. It’s also a good idea to work on the most pressing tasks first thing. Not only is it usually cooler in the mornings, but you are also at your most productive. This is a good tip to bear in mind even when it’s not hot; work on the most important tasks first, and your day will be much easier.