Summer 2021 may have seemed a long time coming, but the UK is to see temperatures soar over the next week or so.
If you don't have air-con in your workplace, or work from home, keeping cool and focused as the mercury rises can be a real challenge (especially when you just want to be sipping a G&T in the garden).
Here are 6 tips for staying cool as a cucumber during summer's hottest days.
1. Keep curtains or blinds closed
It sounds obvious, but blocking the sun from entering a room will cool things down. Sunlight shining into your workspace all day, every day almost creates its own "greenhouse effect". So keep blinds and curtains drawn as much as possible to lower the temperature.
2. Reflect the heat away
There is special reflective window film you can get which redirects sunlight away from your office. This can be pricey though, so a good hack is to place light-coloured objects near the windows to reflect the heat away from the room (not mirrors or glass though!)
3. Try home-made air con
Many people who live in hot climates swear by this. Place a large bowl of ice in front of a regular desk fan and it will mimic the effect of air conditioning by cooling the air as it passes over the ice, lowering the ambient temperature.
4. Turn off unnecessary electrical items
Electrical things radiate heat, so turn off any electrical items you aren't using, such as lights or monitors. Not only will this cool things down but you'll reduce your business or home electricity bill!
5. Cool your pulse points
Dab cold water or hold an ice cube on your pulse points - wrists, neck or behind your knees. This will lower your body temperature and bring instant relief from the heat.
6. Work flexible hours
If you have the luxury of being able to work flexibly (and luckily this is often one of the big pros of running your own business), try working early in the morning or later on in the day. The Spanish don't take a siesta for no reason!
Don't let invoices get you hot and bothered!
If you are feeling flustered in the heat, the last thing you need as a business owner is the stress of late invoices and chasing payments.
Penny pays invoices as the same day you raise them - just fast funding without the drama - so the summer heatwave is the only thing making you sweat!