For everyone who finds herself getting lazier and lazier as the summer progresses and then wonders where all the pep and motivation has gone, there is an explanation for it.

There are a number of reasons for the decrease in motivation. Of course, when the weather is fine we want to be out enjoying it. You don’t have to feel like you are the only one daydreaming through a window when you should be working. A 2008 study found that on days with bad weather people are more productive than on good weather days. Apparently, knowing there is a pleasant alternative to the work in front of us causes us to lose concentration. But when the weather outside is frightful we aren’t missing anything outdoors so we focus on our work and productivity goes up.

Studies also show that when it comes to weather we operate on the Goldilocks principle; we like it to be just right. Too hot and humid and our energy levels drop, we lose focus and many people have difficulty sleeping at night. When temperatures get above 90F (32C), happiness levels drop significantly.

Apparently the optimal temperature is somewhere between 72 and 81F (22-27C). Personally I find 70-76F (21-24C) optimal. A temperature range that we have been lucky enough to have here these past two days. So why do I still feel lazy? Because it is so gosh darn gorgeous outside that it seems a shame to waste it indoors on the computer. Tomorrow we are supposed to get rain. If that’s the case you can expect a dazzling blog post of great depth and insight. If the weather turns out to be fine again, well, don’t blame me for being lazy, I won’t be able to help it.