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All Work and No Sun Makes Missoula a Dull Town

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When temperatures skyrocketed in Missoula a few weeks ago — accompanied by blue skies and plenty of sunshine — I was stoked. Not only did the gorgeous weather elevate my mood, but also it changed the way I approached work-related tasks.

The difference, though subtle, was definitely noticeable — especially after Mother Nature pulled a 180 and decided to give us several consecutive days of wet, gloomy weather.

Those nice, sunny days made my morning commute just a little more enjoyable. I walked to my office with just a little more spring in my step, and I acted just a little more friendly toward others. At work, projects seemed a bit easier, and my creativity seemed to flow more freely.

Rainy weather, in contrast, seems to take that extra spring out of my step. And when it comes to tackling tasks both at work and at home, I have just a little bit less energy and enthusiasm.

As it turns out, there have been numerous scientific studies about the connection between weather and work productivity. But alas, humans are complex creatures, which means the effects of weather vary from person to person.

For example, while some people — like myself — are more productive when the weather is nice, others experience a negative effect on work productivity because they would rather be outside enjoying the weather instead of sitting inside at their desk.

So, looking at the bright side of things, even though I hate to see rain clouds outside my window, at least I can take comfort in the fact that I’m not missing out on anything.

With that said, I guess I might as well go wash those dishes in the sink.

Brooke is a 2010 graduate of The University of Montana, where she ran track and cross country for the Grizzlies. She is currently working as a writer and editor in Missoula.

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