How to stay motivated at work during the heat on the islands

Staying motivated at work can be difficult at the best of times, but when faced with extreme heat such as those found on the islands, Work can feel impossible. We’ve teamed up with the experts at Jooble to give you tips and tricks for working in the heat.

Seaside
Seaside – @ Fabian Wiktor

Take a flexible job.

Consider what job would be most appropriate on the islands, for example, a role that is reliant on manual labour or working outside might be much more unbearable as you will be working in the heat all day. Look at what office jobs are available or work as a freelancer in a remote position could be the perfect way to do what you love when you want. This may also be the perfect option as you can embrace the island sun and work when the heat is lower. Look online for these positions by searching for remote positions for example becoming a distant photo retoucher will allow you to work remotely and enjoy the island life by taking photos.

Keep your workplace cool.

Working in a hot and stuffy office with poor ventilation will make completing work near impossible. Try where you can to open windows, work in a large room and wear loose clothing. Many islands will have working spaces that can be hired or even cafes with free WIFI where you may be able to feel more comfortable. Also consider hydrating, being dehydrated can make it much more difficult to stay focused.

Take breaks.

Taking breaks is imperative to completing work in extreme heat. With every few hours of work take breaks to eat, drink and get fresh air. This can help refocus your brain to prepare for the rest of the day. Research working and productivity techniques that fit your needs and working styles, for example, the Pomodoro technique which focuses on short stretches of work with regular breaks. Try a few of these out and see what works for you.

Work when its cooler

Also, consider scheduling your work around the cooler hours of the day, check the weather in the area, and work around the hotter hours-in some countries people opt to take siestas during the hotter hours of the day to avoid fatigue from the heat.

A person waving at a computer
A person waving at a computer – @ Yan Krukau

Set targets.

Setting targets and goals can significantly increase productivity. Set goals for the day, week, month, and longer this can help you focus on what’s important and where to focus your energy. The best way to set targets is to focus on SMART targets. These are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Specific means setting targets that are narrow and focused, for example not just saying save money but save £1000. Measurable means you can track your progress, for example, if you want to save money and set your goal as £1000 you can make markers such as £100 and £500. Nextly goals need to be achievable so saying you want to save 1 million pounds may not be possible and may mean you lose motivation. Then they need to be relevant, this stops you from procrastinating or working on tasks that may not be pushing you towards your goals. Finally, your goals need to be time-based, for example, do you need to complete them today or this week? If there is no time frame you may become distracted or lose motivation. Setting goals is imperative to working during the heat on the islands as it can help you to stay focused and achieve your goals.

These tips are just a few of the many ways in which to stay motivated when working in the heat of the islands, consider these and take time to try out different options to see what works best for you.

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