We all know that Britain is incapable of dealing with any slight change in the weather. Even though we haven’t had the best summer so far, we do often end up with a hot end of August and an Indian Summer into September, though this article may well put paid to that and we’ll head towards Arctic conditions earlier than usual!
Let’s for arguments sake then say we will have a glorious end of summer and office workers, co-working freelancers and home workers will need to keep as cool as possible in order to stay productive and not be left in a puddle of sweat and tears as the unbearable heat leaves them incapable of doing ANY work!
A Personal Fan
If you have access to a fan then place it close to you on your desk or close enough for you to feel the benefits. * A constant flow of direct air will cool your skin by carrying away the heat you’re feeling in your face as you look at your computer screen and dream of the outdoors.
*By personal fan I do mean electric, though if you like to fan yourself with paper or similar feel free. It just won’t do you any good, as you’ll be generating heat with your fast movements.
Opening Windows is a Breeze
There is a common misconception that an open window is always a good thing when the weather is hot. It’s not always the case. If you can cause a breeze throughout your office space by opening windows at either end of the room, then by all means do it, it’ll cool everyone down. Otherwise an open window is only letting in the warm air from the outside with no flow to move it on and cool it down.
Loose Fittings Keep Things Solid
I personally prefer the fully naked approach to working in the summertime, but it’s not something I would advise when working in an office or co-working space. In a normal office environment it can be difficult to achieve this without the consent of upper management, but in other spaces just ensure you’re comfortable with loose fitting clothes that allow the air to cool you.
Keep a Fluid Routine
Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
It’s a simple formula that we all know but it can’t hurt to reaffirm it. On hot days stay away from your soft drinks and caffeinated hot drinks. What you need to stay cool and constantly hydrated in the heat is cold-water, iced water if possible. Ensure you’ve got some on your desk to sip at throughout the day and you’ll stay cool and focussed on your work.
If you have the power to be flexible then why not make the most of it during the hottest hours of the day. If you have the willpower and strict nature to work around it, take a long lunch or don’t work at all around midday and early afternoon. Use this time to cool down and relax, away from the heat of the office and away from the glare of your screen.
The flexibility of freelancing and home working ensures you’re more likely to be able to take advantage of the tips listed here. If you’re lucky you’ll even get a chance to try them out sometime, even in a country without much of a summer!