The other day I accepted an invitation for lunch. Unless there is specific business to discuss or I am already good friends with the person, I try not to accept these invitations. It's something I started doing about a year ago, for one specific reason. Lunch with fellow co-workers, in any job, can often turn into a gripe fest. It's not productive and can harm one's reputation.
I recommend making the same decision in your work life. Sure, you may miss out on all the latest workplace gossip, but you'll be much better off for doing something else on your lunch hour. Here are some suggestions (and they don't involve eating).
- Work on your fitness. All of us usually feel like we could work out more, lose a little more weight, or be a little more active. Well, now is your chance! Many employers provide a gym or workout equipment these days. If yours doesn't, go for a walk or run. I've learned from experience that nothing will help you get through the rest of the afternoon feeling more energized than a hard workout on your lunch.
- Take a power-nap. In today's world those who nap are often viewed as lazy and unproductive. However, many successful people take a power-nap during the day. There's even such a thing called a caffeine nap, that has the same result of a power-nap with the extra kick of caffeine afterwards. Taking 15-20 minutes to nap will often energize the body and cause you to be more alert the rest of the day. For those of you who say that this suggestion only takes 15-20 minutes of your lunch, read on...
- Read something. Have you been meaning to read more, but just can't seem to find the time? Whether it's a book, newspaper, or magazine why not spend your lunch hour reading? Stimulate your brain a little and you will not be disappointed. Besides, reading can be a great escape from the stresses that can come with your job.
- Work on your hobby. Got a hobby you enjoy? Why not wrap yourself in it for an hour during the day? It will take your mind off the work day and relax you. For me, I love photography (in case you couldn't tell) and writing. So I do both of these things on my lunch from time to time. Be sure to watch the time though! It can be easy to get caught up in a project and lose sight of the time constraints of your lunch hour.
3 cats enjoying their lunch hour.