Lunch Breaks Are Not For Losers
I make my food then return to my desk to eat with one hand on the fork and one hand on the keyboard.
I eat without tasting my food because I’m focused on the job rather than the meal. Yes, this results in many accidental chomps on my tongue or cheek. And, for spilled food on my desk.
I get a lunch break–it’s not that I have people telling me not to take one. I just have this engrained idea from who knows where that it’s looked down upon, as a salaried worker, to step away from the job and eat a meal without the computer screen in front of you. There are very few and rare days where I will take a lunch break and I’m filled with guilt–think of all of the tasks I could have accomplished if I would have just eaten my lunch at my desk!
Lunch breaks are NOT for losers!
Where in the world does this come from and why do I give it so much power?
A drained brain needs nourishment.
True! But, can’t I get the nourishment while working at the same time?
According to many of the posts I’m finding on this topic, you’re actually more productive and efficient if you take a 30 minute lunch break. It fires up your creative juices and keeps the energy flowing for the rest of the day.
With so many customers to help, don’t you want to give them all of your zest and awesomeness? Lunch breaks can give you the energy to do JUST that.
In order to help nix this bad habit of mine and minimize the guilt associated with it, I took to finding articles online about understanding why it is important. Here’s a smidge of proof I found online from some reliable sources (there are SO many articles and studies on this topic):
I figured why not give this a shot and set up a challenge:
Next week, I will take a 30 minute break, every day, to eat my lunch away from my desk.
Holy moly–just writing that out is scary.
But what the heck, it’s worth a shot? I’ll be able to measure if I’m more productive this way and report back to you.
If you’re in the same club as I am and are up for the challenge, join me!