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Five hot tips on how to stay productive when working from home in the summer

Working from home has become the new normal for many people. In fact, an estimated 30% of the workforce could be home-based by the end of 2021.

However, it can be hard to find the motivation to get things done. Luckily, we’ve got four tips if you’re struggling to get motivated while working from home.

Back in the winter coronavirus lockdown, we looked at how you can cope with the winter blues when working from home. And while the nicer weather might make you think that you’re likely to feel more motivated. That needn’t be the case.

Studies have shown that hot weather can affect both cognition and brain function, making people perform slower and less accurately.

Here are five hot tips for staying productive when working from home in the summer.

1. Plan your day

Don’t get hot and bothered about everything that needs to be done.

Pour yourself an iced tea and write a list of what needs to take priority.

Make sure you plan some timed breaks throughout the day.

Set a specific time to end the day and stick to it. If you also plan what you’re going to do after work, like visit the beach or meet friends in a beer garden, you’ll have something to look forward to and work towards.

2. Keep cool and drink lots

It goes without saying that keeping hydrated is really important in hot weather.

The NHS advises that you should close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler.

You should also drink plenty of fluids, but try to avoid drinking coffee on hot days.

As we highlighted in a previous blog, as well as keeping you hydrated, there are health benefits to drinking two litres of water every day.

3. Early starts and lazy evenings

If you’re able to, starting earlier on summer days will mean that you can get work done while it’s still cool.

You’ll have more energy and better concentration at the beginning of the day, so concentrate on completing challenging tasks first.

Establish firm boundaries between work and life. During a heatwave you should concentrate on slowing down and not working more. So, an early start will mean an early finish. Which means you can concentrate on some “me time”.

4. Rest and relaxation

Rest is essential for your health and wellbeing, so take plenty of breaks throughout the day, whatever the weather. This is even more important during hot weather.

It’s also inevitable that you’ll get more distracted during nicer weather. Don’t stress about not feeling focussed. Give yourself time to step away from the room that you’re working in and get outside for some fresh air.

5. Reward yourself

If you're struggling to stay motivated and finding it hard to complete a project, setting yourself a reward can help.

It could be a small thing like a favourite snack or beverage once you’ve finished an important part of the project.

Or something more personal, like a visit to friends or family, watching a movie or taking a long relaxing soak in the bath (or hot tub or pool, if you’ve got one!).

Staying motivated when you work from home can be a challenge, especially when the temperature rises. Giving yourself something to look forward to can help get you through an uncomfortably warm working day.

Hopefully, these five hot tips will help to you keep cool, calm and collected, so that working from home in the summer isn’t quite so stressful.

If you’d like to find out how our occupational health services can support your staff, wherever they’re working, contact the team at Fusion today.

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