Summertime: The living is easy and the working is hard. Or rather, it can be hard to work, as 95-degree weather leads to afternoon sluggishness, and the temptation to leave early and hit the beach is strong. How do you stay focused? In a Business Insider post titled “How to Be Productive at the Office During Sweltering Summer Days,” writer Hope Restle shares some tips for tweaking your daily routine and keeping your head in the game.
1. Do the Important Stuff Early — This is good advice any time of year, as one’s energy level tends to dip over the course of the day, but it’s especially applicable in summertime, when hot weather can lead to especially tough afternoon slumps. According to Amanda Augustine, a career-management expert at TheLadders, it pays to wake up a little early and beat the heat, and if you’re not a morning person, you might try kickstarting your day with an invigorating cold shower.
2. Do Your Emailing and Calling Early, Too — Over the summer, vacation time and shortened hours lead many people to check out in the afternoon. If there are important messages you need to send, increase your chances of getting a response by sending those emails or making those phone calls early in the day.
3. Manage Temps with Fans or Sweaters — In some workplaces, the AC is laughable or nonexistent. If this is true of yours, get a cheap desk fan. “”Heat drains energy and concentration levels,” says Augustine. If you work someplace where climate control keeps things super frosty, make sure you have a sweater on hand.
4. Chug That Water — When the mercury rises, so should your water consumption. Augustine recommends taking a frozen bottle on your commute, so you’ve got ice-cold refreshment all the way from your door to your desk, and if you find regular H20 too bland, try coconut water. It’s tasty, low in calories, and high in potassium. If you can, cut back on your coffee. It’s a natural diuretic, and it’ll lead to dehydration.
5. Get Outdoors — “There is nothing worse than being cooped up inside an office on a gorgeous summer day,” says author and time-management expert Laura Vanderkam. If you find yourself staring out the window midday, longing for some sunshine, treat yourself to a quick stroll around the park. And maybe grab some water while you’re at it!