Are you planning on taking a lunch break today? If you’re like most Americans, especially if you work in an office, you don’t take full advantage of the lunch hour. Many workers eat while still on the job, or skip lunch altogether, but taking a lunch break has many benefits. Lunch breaks can boost productivity and energize workers. Read below to learn how to make the most of your lunch break.
In order to make sure you’re taking full advantage of your lunch break, have a plan for how you’d like to spend it. An hour (or less for some) can go by quickly, especially if the first part of that is trying to decide how to spend it. Have an idea of what you’re going to do. Similarly, plan your workday based on your preferences. Do you spend your lunch break worrying about tasks you have to complete when you return to work? Try doing those things in the morning, and saving the afternoon for the projects you look forward to.
Use your lunch breaks to get to know the people you work with. Don’t underestimate the value of building relationships with your coworkers. Strong relationships can contribute to improved teamwork, happier employees, and a smoothly running workplace. Or, take your lunch as an opportunity to catch up with friends that work nearby. Between work and family obligations, it’s often difficult to find time for friends—lunch breaks are the perfect chance to get together.
The main purpose of a lunch break is to take a break. Taking thirty minutes or an hour to get away from your workspace and rest, will make you refreshed and ready to get back to your tasks when you return. Employees who work straight through the day without taking breaks are more likely to be stressed and feel tired than workers who take some time to reboot.
While it might not be restful to run errands during lunch, it can put your mind at rest that you’re checking things off your list so you don’t have to do them later. Use your break to run to the post office or bank, or to accomplish those other tasks that can only be done during the middle of the day. Do you have trouble fitting exercise into your busy day? Try working out or going for a walk during your lunch break. By the time you get off work, you’ll have time to relax at the end of a busy day.
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