Make Spring Fever a Productive Force at Work
Much of Bovo-Tighe is “virtually structured.” Our staff and clients are scattered across the country from Tampa and Cleveland to San Francisco and Seattle. Each of us experiences the renewal of Spring at different times (especially after the long, hard winter felt east of the Rockies.) But by early May we all finally arrive at the same energizing place.
What Makes Our May So Productive?
The days in May are as long as those in late July and early August, which most people do not realize. This copious natural energy in May makes it so much easier to get early starts and keep moving well into the evening. There are days where we work well past 5 pm on a project because we think it’s still early afternoon! This extra dose of natural energy seems to drive us to get more done, personally and professionally.
We are also in a working rhythm at this point in the year. There have been no big holidays since early February, and the warming of spring injects more energy into our routine just when it might be getting stale.
Finally, summer slowdowns don’t threaten the routine until after Memorial Day in the States (and well into June in other countries) so May represents the best month for productive progress until September.
How should you capitalize on this high-energy month, and give your team mechanisms to keep Spring Fever from distracting your team?
Emphasize early rising to take advantage of early sunshine. Move workouts a half-hour earlier and keep them there through the summer. (Grant yourself permission to move them back 30 minutes come Fall!)
Move meals (and meetings?) outside before the Summer season officially kicks off around the Glorious First of June. Why wait for everyone else? It might still be a bit cool, but you can bundle up against any lingering Spring chill. Plus, team members get a chance to enjoy the warming weather without stealing away to do it!
Take evening walks with friends or family to fully enjoy later sunsets, instead of just peeking at them through the window. This is a great way to wind down after a busy day, and gets you out in the fresh air if you have been in an office all day.
May is truly a time to grasp a full measure of the energy nature has to offer. Don’t waste a minute of it!
What do you think? Do you find May a time of enhanced personal productivity? Is it a month of real progress in your work environment, or does Spring fever deliver a hit to productivity? Do you see people getting into a more productive rhythm as the weather warms?
If you are as big a fan of May, let us know why!