productivity roundup – weather edition

Falling RainT.S. Eliot famously said that April is the cruelest month, but I think February is a better candidate for that title. It’s often cold and gloomy, and it’s hard to get motivated. April, on the other hand, can be very rainy but it smells like spring and there’s something new blooming almost every day.

I’ve been thinking about the impact that weather has on productivity. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) causes people to feel lethargic because there is less sunlight in winter.

Jane Ridley’s New York Post article describes a writer’s experience with SAD and what you can do to reduce symptoms

A survey found that, regardless of a SAD diagnosis, 10% of workers say they feel less productive on dreary days.

On the opposing side, this article in Forbes claims that bad Weather Is Good for Productivity because people aren’t tempted to be outside, having fun. (You can read the actual study here.)

Finally, this article looks at the effect of heat, cold and rain on employee productivity

Admittedly, it’s been a mild winter in my town; I know that other people have had a lot of snow or rain lately. Wherever you live, I hope you’re warm and dry and safe. Personally, I’m looking forward to April.

Does weather have an impact on your productivity?

Marcie Lovett, Organized by Marcie
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