Homeworking during a Heatwave


Keeping your cool during a heatwave

UK homes are designed to keep heat in.  Climate change or just the advent of summer means that random very hot days do happen. These are great for school kids and holiday makers but can make homeworking uncomfortable.  Temperatures are changing all over the world, but with a little forethought a hot day need not make your homeworking life miserable.

Sudden increases in heat can be dangerous and increase the risks of strokes, heart attacks and dehydration.  Homeworkers often work in customer services, and being hot and uncomfortable makes most people, well – Cranky.  This is not helpful to you nor to the people you interact with.  Heatwaves, or just hot days, can cause fatigue and make it difficult to stay focused.  A series of these days can make you miserable and managing them makes good personal and business sense.

Here are some ideas of how to cope with the hot weather if you have to stay indoors.  They are in order of what is important to me, your priorities may differ, but are likely to be similar.

Bugs come out with the sun.  Swap curtains or replace nets with these to keep insects alive, and out.  Cheap, effective, leave them up all year to maximise natural light in the winter.



You can buy these cheaply

Flasks keep drinks cold as well as hot, and they are eco-friendly.  Fill them with water or your favourite cooler to stay hydrated.

Keep the kids/dogs/birds/rabbits contained so you can work with the office door open.  Open windows and ventilate to get a through breeze

Fans are great for moving air around but do use them strategically.


Wind blowing directly onto your face can dry your eyes out, directly onto your back or neck can cause muscle tension.  Fans are best when situated in a place where they can increase the flow of air that enters naturally through windows or doors.

Ceiling fans are inexpensive and can we reversed to circulate warm air in winter.  These are worth considering if you are in an area where the general temperature seems to be on the increase.

Opening doors and windows often means that you have to deal with higher noise levels from outside.  A fan, even a small desk fan, creates white noise and either eliminates or disguises street noise.

Leatherette chairs can be uncomfortable.  A small cotton towel on the seat can make a big difference and stop your seat from becoming your shell when you get up – 🙂

Water absorbs heat.  If you  have space and if it is safe to do so, placing bowls of water in front of airways might help.  Position them safely, away from electric sources. Experiment.  Add ice cubes.

Blinds can be useful if your office windows gets direct sunlight.  Pull them down during the hottest part of the day, but stay with light colours.  Black is great for dresses, but lighter colours give a cooler feel indoors, and deflect light.

Clothing.  Well now…..  Hang loose!


How do you keep your cool?


Give to get

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You have to give to get.  We know it, even our children know it.  Do it!

Wherever you work, however you earn your survival, life is not a one way street.  We all have our ups and downs, and finances are a struggle for most us at least some of the time.  When these bad patches arrive, they can seriously affect our state of mind, and reduce our ability to work and produce.

Strangely, one of the best ways to cope with these times is to give.  Money is still the form of exchange that we use to measure ourselves and others.  It is also the stuff we use to keep our bellies full and our lights on.

I do not know why it is, but often it’s when you have the least that it’s  most vital to give.  There is something in the laws that govern you, me and the whole wide world that changes gear when you give, and this is even more noticeable when you are…..Well, skint.


Maybe it’s empowering to know that you can help another person, perhaps it really has got something to do with energy direction flows and getting into the right lane on the highway of life, I don’t know.  I do know from experience that good things happen, and that something changes when you hand over some moolah, expecting nothing in return.  Kahlil Gibran wrote, ” There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward, and there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their baptism.   And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue; they give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space. Through the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes He smiles upon the earth. It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding…..All you have will one day be given…”

That was Kahlil.  Me?  I am not that lyrical.  I just know that if you are struggling, giving with no expectation of reward and forgetting about it is always followed by some movement in your life, like a laxative that shouldn’t work 🙂

I am a year older today.  If you want to do something for me, please take a moment to give a donation to real people who feed real pensioners in Zimbabwe? They don’t have anyone else, and you might just need the benefits that giving freely brings.  The currency is weak, whatever you can spare will make a difference.  Paypal works.  Link to their site follows if you want to read, call or check them out.  It does, however, open on the payment page in case you just want to give because you can, or you just will give because you can’t.


Thanks in advance to anyone who responds.  Nobody will ever know except you 🙂

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Work from home job vacancies – Employing now

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Latest work from home job vacancies Call Centre, Inbound, UK.

Ready to give homeworking a try?

Work from home job vacancies do come up all at the same time.  Firstsource are recruiting work from home call centre agents now, to start 20th and 27 July.  More information on the link below:

Firstsource Vacancies

Let me know if you apply?  PM or email please.