I have noticed I tend to be more productive on dreary, rainy days than on sunny days. This profound revelation could be as a result of my desire to be out in the sun enjoying the nice weather rather than sitting at a desk typing my life away. On rainy days, like today I have found I have no trouble concentrating as the rain falls gently upon the awning outside my window. Ever the one to increase productivity I decided to take an accounting of the days I wrote more content and those days I did not.
I quickly realized I was staying home and writing more on rainy days and on Sundays in general. The nicer days where I worked out of the house were not as productive. This was a revelation to me as I specifically work away from home to be more productive. Even the substance of the content was better in my opinion on those days when the rains fell.
Other conditional factors seemed to be at play as well. I tend to work better during the quiet early morning hours when everyone is sleeping and few cars are blaring up and down the street in front of my house. As the day progresses, my work at home productivity dwindles remarkably. This may not factor in for the typical nine to five routine, but for anyone that works at home this is very important data.
Taking what I have learned from this revelation, I have amended my schedule slightly to incorporate what I refer to as my high productivity days in accordance with the weather predictions. I reserve my grocery shopping and errand days for those that are presumed to be sunny and nice.
I typically wake up early and watch television or read a book with a cup of coffee. I began to use this time to work on my writing projects and found my mind to be fresh and more creative during those relaxing peaceful hours. I am also happier and less stressed with this more nature based working arrangement as well. If your work involves higher level thinking and creativity as does mine, a nature based work schedule is certainly worth looking into.