It’s the dead of winter in Ottawa, my town, the coldest capital city in the world, if not the coolest. Mostly it’s shivering cold, but there are days when the thermometer rises above zero degrees, a rare occurrence in January when I was a kid. One thing holds true for me every January — no matter how many (or few) tasks I’ve juggled in December, I just can’t seem to keep them all in play the following month.
I’m sure I’m not the only person that notices a perceptible drop in productivity. After all, it’s only a few weeks after Christmas and New Year’s, a time of family, festivity and friends. Career goals and must-do tasks are postponed, kicked down the road or shelved indefinitely. It could be due to the fact that January is the coldest and snowiest month of the year in Ottawa, thus making all movement, physical and intellectual, more viscous.
Surely, the same January inertia obstructs people in more moderate climates as well. Or is it just me?