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Don’t Underestimate The Power of the Lunch Break — Here Are 5 Tips On How to Spend It

Sometimes your lunch break may turn out to be the most important part of your work day

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We all know how it goes. Work, work, work. Every day, all day. This goes along both for employees and entrepreneurs — nowadays we are all so busy in our day-to-day that often we feel we are this close to losing it.

But there comes the time when we actually realize that’s what we wished for all along — being successful and busy with the one thing we always dreamt of having. But hey, this certainly doesn’t mean we have to fall straight down into the rabbit hole. Quite on the contrary, actually — when we are this close to actually making it, we need our own sanctuary more than ever.

And sure, I’m quite aware of the fact that that’s a rather peculiar and cheesy way to describe a lunch break, but come on — when you think your day is just about to make your head explode, don’t you just love it when this holy hour magically arrives at last?

Lunch hour is our personal oasis right there in the middle of this business jungle we call a job

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Surely enough, we love what we do and we wouldn’t trade it for the world. But as I frequently like to remind myself, keeping myself sane, aware, and refreshed is possibly the one thing that keeps me going throughout the years.

The majority of people prefer scheduling the trickiest and hardest of tasks in the morning hours since they believe those are the times when they feel the freshest and ready to get some things going. I also tend to think that my strong hours are the ones right after the beginning of the work day. Before noon we are more focused, concentrated, willing to work, and goal-oriented. It’s only natural for us to schedule the most important duties right there.

The downfall of this is that we are likely to overwhelm ourselves to the fullest right before lunchtime. But there is always a silver lining — after several hours of hard work and constant focus, here comes the lunch break.

At first, it may seem strange to you that I pay so much attention to this, but I’m a strong believer in the idea that the way you organize your free time can actually greatly benefit your working hours.

Just recently I wrote an article dedicated to the morning routine where I shared plenty of ideas on how to spend your morning hours in the best way possible. So I thought to myself: If your morning routine matters that much for the rest of your day, can we say the same about our lunch breaks?

Turned out, we can!

Lunch breaks matter because they are your time to restart and reboot

If your morning went along the lines of meetings, scheduled conversations, client queries, and team management, then perhaps you can’t wait to get to this golden hour at lunchtime.

But in fact, there is so much more to lunchtime than just eating.

Your lunch break can be a time for you to actually unwind your mind. In addition to this, there are many ways in which you can do that. Here are 6 examples:

  • you can use your lunch break as an opportunity to get to know your team better — who says one needs to eat in solitude? Research says that when you keep friendly relationships with your team, you’re more likely to enjoy your work day. So the next time instead of wondering where to spend your lunch break, invite a coworker to join you. You can easily use your free time to get to know them better and further enrich your social circle.
  • if reading is your cup of tea, you can do exactly that at lunch — the ones who are more introverted would likely prefer to spend their lunch breaks in solitude, contrary to what I’ve just stated above. If you are one of those people, then the lunch hour is a great opportunity for you to sit in silence in the company of a great book or a curious and very interesting article. More often than not reading keeps our minds busy while we are learning something new.
  • you can save much time after work if you use your lunch break to run some errands — if you are more of an active person, then the lunch break can be the perfect moment for you to get some tasks off your list. This way you’ll have the chance to actually enjoy your time after work without having to spend it on various duties such as paying the bills, gathering your deliveries, or making that doctor’s appointment.
  • if you work in a corporate environment, you can always squeeze in a workout — the majority of corporate offices usually establish a relaxed zone where the employees can find plenty of fun activities, including fitness. If being active helps you lift the pressure off, you can always use your lunch hour to go for a quick run.
  • your lunch break can be a great time to plan your weekend ahead — nothing brings more energy and a good mood than planning your next vacation or activities. I’ve always thought this is able to further charge you with a good mood and willingness to achieve more throughout the day.

In a nutshell

Don’t forget that owning your personal time is as important as dealing with your professional tasks. Being well-rested and energized will certainly make you a better employee, entrepreneur, manager, or leader. Your lunch break can be a great opportunity for you to unwind and recharge in the middle of a busy work day that will help you level up your proactivity and decision-making.

Hi, guys, I’m Ivan, and I’m here to share with all of you my passion for words, great content, entrepreneurship, personal development, management, hobbies, and everything in between.

I serve as the CEO of my WordPress Development Agency @ Vipe Studio, where I have the pleasure to lead a diverse, wonderful and energetic team of experts. Feel free to contact me anytime — I would love to exchange new ideas and inspire each other!

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i was once an athlete. then a journalist. now i am a ceo of vipe studio. still running marathons though.