We are slap bang in the middle of a heatwave here in Ireland and the UK and I know it’s so hard to focus when you are stuck in work, raging you don’t have time off booked and feeling sweltered and irritated in a busy office. It’s bad enough you can’t be on the beach without adding discomfort to the mix. But there are a few tweaks you can make to your routine. Try these out and you may find that you keep some on even after the hot weather wanes.
1. Stay cool on your commute
Swap out your morning cappuccino that you usually have on the way or at work for homemade iced coffee and stay cool from the minute you step out the door. The added bonus is that you feel pretty smug for being so organized. Brew your coffee in the evening and let it cool. Fill an ice tray with your choice of milk and freeze overnight. Of course, you can do a few days’ worth in one batch. In the morning before you head out the door, throw coffee, milk and the ice cubes into a bullet for 15 seconds or so and decant into your reusable plastic cup with straw. Much more environmentally friendly than coffee shop disposable plastic straws anyway. This is the easiest drink to throw together for your morning caffeine buzz on hot busy mornings. Using frozen milk means that as the ice thaws, your coffee is not diluted. Also creams up a treat in the bullet.
2. Dress for success.
If you are usually loyal to your formula of black trousers and blouses which is the comfort zone that many of us reside in when it comes to work wear, it’s time to think outside of the box if we want to feel cool, calm and collected. It’s time to raid the other end of your wardrobe and re-purpose some of your “going out” pieces for work. I know some people feel that wearing your “good” clothes to work is a demotion for the garments but isn’t it better to decrease your cost per wear by getting some extra use of them? Step away from the black trousers unless they are wide legged and light and look to those midi skirts and dresses you usually keep for the weekend and style them up for work.
3. Let’s go outside
Review your daily tasks and anything that can be deemed as non-screen is an opportunity to head outside and do them in the fresh air. So, grab a notebook and pencil, find a bench or spot you can sit down near the office and get writing your agendas, reading that long annual report you have been putting off, proofreading your colleagues’ documents, brainstorming, sorting out piles of filing (if it’s not windy!) etc. You may also find that unplugging leads to greater creativity. Just be mindful of GDPR and make sure you dispose or file paper docs correctly afterward.
4. Walk and talk
In the interests in keeping meetings short and productive and also in an effort to be watchful of the negative effects of long periods of sitting and inactivity, walking meetings have become more popular. The hot weather is the perfect time to implement these if you haven’t already, and why not bring the meeting outside? A short route around your office block/campus is ideal and can be lapped a couple of times if it’s too short. If you are not familiar with the walking meeting check out this article from the Harvard Review. Worth a try surely!
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