It is no news that it is hot. Everyone is sweating. Here at the twago office in Berlin it is 34°C / 93°F and it is supposed to get even hotter. After the past weekend, with temperatures close to 40°C / 104°F, we ask ourselves: how can we keep cool at work and stay productive?
We have asked our twago team and compiled a list of the 10 best tips to fight the summer heat:
- Thomas: Empty the rubbish bin, fill it with water, and put your feet in. You shouldn’t overdo it though; otherwise you might catch a cold. As the water warms up over time, you should change it every now and then.
- Robert: One reason for the heat is the sun shining through the window and heating up the room. You can prevent that by pasting cardboard on the windows. This is much better than the big sheets of flip charts, as cardboard is completely impervious to light.
- Marlene: Many things can be useful against the heat, but drinking (water) remains the most important thing.
- Falk: When an open window admits not the desired cool breeze but rather a warm wind, a fan may be helpful. It should be powerful enough to circulate enough air.
- Gunnar: If, after following Thomas’ advice, you still have a rubbish bin left over, fill it with water and store beverages in it. It is definitely refreshing.
- Maria: Even in hot weather, meetings cannot be avoided. Instead of suffering in a conference room, why not move the meeting to a shady spot in a park.
- Lino: On your lunch break you can study the ingredients of yoghurts and cream cheeses in the chilled foods section of the nearest super market. If that doesn’t help: frozen spinach and fish as well as ice cream have extensive lists of ingredients as well and are stored at even colder temperatures.
- Stella: You could start work at 5 am. It is still cool then and you can “enjoy” the afternoon’s heat at a public pool.
- Silvia: The heat is only part of the problem. The sun also blinds. Therefore: don’t forget your sunglasses.
- 10. Adrian: During the hiring process you should make sure to hire cool people. On days like today it is worth it.
Tags: personal productivity