How to be more productive when working from home in a heatwave

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For the first time ever the Met Office issued an extreme heat warning as most Brits have been sweltering in this latest heatwave. As the temperatures increase, productivity for many tends to decrease. So how can you boost your productivity when temperatures soar?

For many Brits working from home has become the new normal.

With scorching temperatures in place across the UK, it has become even more challenging for those who struggle to focus.

Almost two-thirds (61 percent) of Brits admit their productivity levels are negatively affected when they are too hot or too cold, according to new research by Daikin UK.

Not only do temperatures affect our productivity levels, but it seems our mindsets are badly affected when we are too hot or too cold.

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To keep yourself on track before you sit down to start your day’s work, make a list of all the tasks you need to achieve today.

Prioritise the most urgent tasks for the morning as your concentration is likely to be at its highest at the start of the day and when temperatures are cooler.

If you can be flexible with your working hours you may want to consider starting earlier to make the most of the cooler temperatures in the morning and finishing earlier.

This will also give you the bonus of being able to enjoy more of the good weather in the evening after you complete your hours.

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Be sure to take regular breaks. This is essential to booster productivity regardless of the weather but it is even more essential when the heat starts to frazzle your brain and your concentration naturally diminishes.

Try to keep as cool as possible and don’t forget to hydrate.

Be sure to keep your fluids up throughout the day. This may sound obvious but during periods of high heat, you should always have a drink to hand.

Keeping hydrated will help to improve your brain function and boost your attention levels.

Working from home can have its benefits; it means you should have quick access to a freezer.

Keep adding ice to your drinks to help regulate your temperature to keep you cool and focused.

Wear comfortable clothing

One of the upsides of working from home means you don’t have to dress up for the office.

This is a joy when the temperatures rise as you can ditch your heavy workwear and throw on light loose clothing to keep you cool.

If you have to jump on a zoom call don’t stress just have a smart shirt to hand to make sure you look smart from the waist up, don’t forget to take off your socks to help cool yourself.

Your body uses its extremities, such as your hands and feet, to get rid of excess heat to help regulate your core temperature.

Steer clear of unnecessary heat

Finding a suitable place to work at home can be challenging especially if your kids are at home for the school holidays.

If your desk is in a sunny spot try to move it to a shadier spot during heatwaves.

If this isn’t an option, try closing the curtains in rooms and avoid opening windows in the warmer part of the day to stop hot air in.

Try to switch off any electrical appliances not in use, such as your TV or laptop charger, as these can generate a small amount of heat which can build up, and avoid working with your laptop on your knees as this can quickly build up heat on your legs.



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