Go To Lunch
Most of us have more on our work To-Do List than hours to complete them in any given day. Naturally we think, “If I skip lunch or work though it, I’ll finish my To-Do List today.” Deep down we know an extra hour probably isn’t going to allow us to complete that list.
When you change your environment, even for 30 minutes or an hour, it gives your mind a break so it can recharge. Even if you want to eat at the office to avoid the hassle of leaving for lunch, you still need to leave your desk when you eat. If you work virtually leave your workspace when you eat.
A few of the other benefits about making time to eat away from your workspace include:
1. Networking with your co-workers. Going to lunch can be a team building experience. It creates an opportunity to get to know your teammates better. If possible try to limit work talk and definitely don’t trash talk co-workers or things you can’t control. Instead try to get to know your co-workers personally. Talk about your family, local events, sports or a movie you recently saw. Use this time to develop relationships.
2. Providing a time to for your creative wheels to churn. Many times when you quit thinking about a particular challenge that’s when your mind finds a solution for it.
3. It’s a time to destress. For example, if you’re an introvert and have spent the morning in meetings all day, then it’s OK to eat your lunch alone so you can recharge, but you still need to leave your desk. Everyone should consider spending a few minutes outdoors because that’s a proven stress reliever. If you company has a quiet room consider meditating for a few minutes. These things can help you tackles your afternoon tasks with more focus, clarity and energy.
Lunch isn’t frivolous time. It’s time to refuel our bodies and recharge our mind so we can be at our best in the afternoon too.