Simple shortcuts to business success #12: Take a proper lunch break


When was the last time you had lunch away from your desk? 

If you’re like most people I know, you’re struggling to remember. Most of us are mindlessly eating our lunch, (if we’re having lunch at all), with one hand while the other taps away at our keyboard. We do this despite knowing that:

  • Sitting at a desk all day without a break is bad for our bodies. 
  • Staring at a screen all day without a break is bad for our brains. 
  • Skipping lunch entirely sets us up to make bad decisions about what we eat when 3pm and 7pm rolls around. 

Why do we persist with this behaviour? Here’s what I hear from people:

  • I’m just being efficient.
  • I don’t have time for a lunch break.
  • Who has time for a lunch break?

The answer to that last question is simple. 

You do. 

We all do.

Ever heard this old Zen saying?

You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.

Well, that applies to the humble lunch break too.

All you need is 15 minutes. If you’re so busy you can’t get away from your desk for 15 minutes then you should take an hour-long lunch break!

But seriously, 15 minutes is long enough to get up, walk away from your desk, fetch your lunch from the fridge or the lunch bar next door … and eat it. Mindfully. With no screens. Preferably no newspaper either, but hey, small steps right?

What you’ll find when you get back to your desk after lunch is this:

  • You’ll get re-started on whatever you’re working on much more quickly.
  • You’ll get that task done faster.
  • You won’t hit a mental wall at 3pm and waste the last two productive hours of your day.
  • You’ll be able to leave the office on time because you’ve actually gotten all your work done.

Imagine how successful your business would be if every afternoon panned out like that? 


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