Why do we feel less productive in the summertime heat? Well, summer is vacation season, and so our workplaces, the people grinding it out around us, giving us their good example, are elsewhere. OOO -- out of the office, as so many automatic email responses tell us. My co-working space colleague Sean was in Tuscany last week. Alex, a lawyer who also shares our floor, was on Martha's Vineyard this week.
With others away, we don't feel the normal drive. I spoke with a sales guy at a networking happy hour on Wednesday, who told me that he'd made 20 "cold calls" to business owners that day, seeking to arrange visits to pitch his software products. Of the 20 people he called, only one actually picked up the phone. He left 19 voice mail messages pitches, talking into the void. That's summer.
I feel lazier, more social, more likely to be on the back porch at 2 pm reading a magazine or a Seth Godin book (yesterday I spent three hours reading "Small is the New Big"). I want to drink cold juice and listen to birdsong, and sleep late. OOO indeed!
If I had to estimate, I'd say that I've been about 20 to 25 percent less productive than usual during the last two weeks of heat. Does heat sap our energy? Does it fry our brains? Maybe. I typically write 10 pieces of content per week. This week, I'll have written 8. Not a disaster, by any means, but a notable decline. And truth be told, I'm Okay with the somewhat slower pace. It's also the pace of everyone around me, I've observed.
Have you kicked back in a rocking chair on the back porch, dear reader, and slowed your working pace this summer? What do you like to do as a respite, other than visit Tuscany?