Warmer weather usually calls for a break from work. Patio season, barbecues, beaches, sun, concerts, travel – the list of activities that draw everyone out is endless. For those who have been working from home for over two years, there might be a jailbreak right about now, or once we properly settle into the double-positive degrees. However, despite the warm weather and all its trappings, bills need to be paid, and so work goes on. Here are a few tips that should help break up the routine of a regular work-from-home day in warmer weather.
Wear weather-appropriate attire
It’s important to match our outfits to the rising temperature. The office central cooling is definitely something we didn’t think would be missed! Dressing up to work from home in warm weather can be dicey, especially if the role involves many meetings. The general consensus during the pandemic has been to keep it work casual. However, some have tweaked that to professional casual on top and casual below, or casual all the way. Before making the decision, think about whether the meetings will require standing or sitting, and if it’s the latter, whether there will be an impromptu need to get up.
Take brief breaks
Short breaks spread throughout the workday are important. It might be to warm up that cup of coffee or tea, take a brisk walk at lunchtime and experience the beautiful weather, play a favourite tune and dance, or even meditate as you stretch out the stiffness from all that sitting!
Have access to a balcony, garden, terrace, or patio? Well, work is infinitely more enchanting when contemplating butterflies, birds, and the blue sky while feeling the breeze. So, if the space is available, take it outside. Enjoy the outdoors and outdoor activities happening around you while you work.
Some enjoy thumbing through a few pages of a book during a 10-minute break. Others will strum a guitar, work on a puzzle, or even throw together a quick meal. Creativity breaks refresh the mind and often helps uncover fresh ideas when back to work. Before plunging back in, remember to pause and breathe in and out deeply for a few seconds. Recenter and refocus on the tasks at hand.
A combination of some, or all of the above should help infuse some fun moments within the workday as we transition into spring. Subscribe to the APEXA blog for more productivity tips!