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:
Why do we persist with this behaviour? Here’s what I hear from people:
The answer to that last question is simple.
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:
Imagine how successful your business would be if every afternoon panned out like that?