With the annual passing of the longest day of the year, also known as the summer solstice, Rambutan apprentice Ed ponders what it means and if we work at our best at different times of the year.
Spring, summer, autumn and winter… the four seasons that make up our calendar year, the 365.256 days in which it takes our earth to orbit around the sun – a distance of 92.96 million miles at a speed of 67,000 miles per hour. With the arrival of the summer solstice (when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the North or South Pole), it made me think what do these seasons actually mean for us?
The obvious answer to this of course is that winter brings cold weather and summer brings warm weather. However, do the seasons have any other meaning for us other than the weather they bring?
Personally, the summer has always been my favourite season. The warmth and long daylight hours mean more time to spend in the glorious outdoors. Many at Rambutan HQ love the winter, with the fresh mornings and crunchy snow underfoot. The conditions we associate with our favourite season often bring a cheerful aspect to our everyday lives.
Having done some research into SAD syndrome (seasonal affective disorder), it seems people can often lack energy and enthusiasm in the winter months which leads me to think, does our productivity and effectiveness at work differ depending on the seasons? I know that if the sun is out and it’s warm outside, I’m at my happiest and the better conditions increase my productivity at work as I find it easier to concentrate. If you’re feeling happier and more enthusiastic, do you naturally work to your full potential? I think so.
We’d love to hear what you think! What’s your favourite season, and are you more efficient at this time of year?