Ahh, the lunch break. That proverbial thirty to sixty minute recess in the middle of the work day. Some of us spend this time doing productive things, such as errands or exercising, while a majority of us spend most of it surfing around the internet, or not even bothering to take one at all.
The mandatory lunch break was created not only by unions, but to benefit us all, since breaks actually increase productivity. You’ve probably heard the advice: no matter what, don’t eat at your desk. Yet few of us heed to this advice, and yet it is truly a valuable one.
You may wonder what to do on your lunch break that will make the most of the short span of time away from work. Below is a list of the best ways to make the most of the short span of time that you have in the middle of the day to do what you please.
Many of us spend hours every day hunched over a computer, sitting in the same uncomfortable office chair. Any amount of exercise will release endorphins that will work to improve the rest of your day. If you work in a corporate office with a built-in gym, you have no reason not to take part in this perk. Joining a local gym is a great idea as well—a 45 minute workout is sufficient for providing you with energy for the rest of the day. If your lunch break isn’t long enough for a true work out, even going for a walk will enhance the number of endorphins in your brain.
Do Something on the Side
In this economy, it definitely can’t hurt to have an extra form of income. Bringing your own laptop and doing entrepreneurial work during lunch is a great way to make the best use of your free time. If you can turn a hobby or a skill into a freelance business, it won’t feel as much like work, and you’ll still be taking your mind off the tasks of your regular job. It is recommended that you still remove yourself from your desk, so either do your work in another part of the building, or visit a local business with free Wi-Fi. Not only could this give you extra spending money, but is also a great way to improve your resume and skills.
Get Impossible Errands Out of the Way
While this shouldn’t consume every lunch break that you take, it’s a good idea to use a few of them to focus on the errands that can’t be accomplished before or after work. This can include going to the bank, the post office, or any other establishment that is only open during work hours. If this is how you will spend your lunch break, it is important to remember not to plan out too many errands in one short span of time. You should avoid getting stressed out on your brief time off.
Whether it be strengthening a relationship with a co-worker that you already have, or meeting someone new, socializing during lunch will help boost your mood. Just be sure not to discuss work. Complaining about a co-worker for sixty minutes will only keep you in a negative mood and will make heading back to work even more of a chore. If networking with strangers sounds more beneficial, then consider joining a local networking group that sets up lunch meetings with people relevant to your field of work.
A business meeting over lunch is a great excuse to get away from the office if you don’t have the time to take an official lunch break. Why sit in a boring conference room when you can share a delicious meal and simultaneously go over business matters instead?
Whether you decide what to do on your lunch break from the above choices or choose to keep the ideas open, the most important thing to do is get out of the office. A change of scenery and a chance to stretch will do a body good.
And what better place to network or take a tasty lunch break than Ceres Bistro, located conveniently off Route 9 in Worcester, MA! Our fresh, seasonal cuisine is great for eating out while making sure you stick to your diet. You can enjoy a nice, sit-down lunch with co-workers, impress business contacts with a nice meal, or if you are strapped for time, we offer a complete take-out menu as well. If a happier lunch is what you are after during your work day, Ceres Bistro can help.
Has anyone ever given you either good or bad advice about what to do on your lunch break? Please share!