I don't know about the rest of you, but it's around this
time of year - when the mornings are brighter and the evenings are
lighter for longer - that I start to feel a fresh motivation for...
pretty much everything!
It has long been known that the weather can affect our moods and
the Winter blues (perhaps more officially known to some as Seasonal
Affective Disorder) can make even the happiest of souls a little
bit, well, grumpy. With our more than generous helpings of long,
dull and cold days in the UK, it can be tricky to find the
enthusiasm for much more than getting cosy on the sofa with a cup
of tea, so the recent sprinkling of sunny, blue sky days that we've
been lucky enough to experience has made all the difference (in my
It's amazing how a commute to the office on a beautiful Spring
morning can set you up for a positive and productive day. This
morning, for example, I noticed that the team here in the Octopus
offices seemed to be in even brighter spirits than usual - because
we are of course ALWAYS shiny happy people ;-). Could it be because
they had enjoyed the lack of grey skies this morning, and had spent
Sunday enjoying the Spring air after a wet and windy Saturday?
Perhaps it is just that the first signs of Spring tend to make us
want to brush off the cobwebs, get organised and get things done.
Whatever it was, it worked!
We have been hearing more and more recently about the increase
in flexible working and how the future will see us spending less
time at our desks, but the fact is that the majority of
professionals are still in an office environment between the
working hours of 9am to 5:30pm, and more often than not, longer
than that. It's far too easy to become engrossed in our work,
topping up our caffeine intake rather than taking the time out to
give our hard working brains a break - so it takes days like this
to entice us away from our desks and outside to stretch our little
legs and get some fresh air - making the afternoons pass by that
little bit faster.
Maybe it's just me, and you guys aren't quite sharing my
enthusiasm for the change in the seasons.... but either way - long
may the sunny days, happy faces and motivated Octopedes continue!