If you’re a morning person like me, you probably pour so much energy during the first hours at work that by the time lunch break you sort of need to lie down. Or much worse, you are so determined to finish a task within the morning that you sacrifice lunch time and grab a quick bite at your desk while typing away.
I’ve been there. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s great to hustle and put in the extra effort but the reality is that it’s not sustainable. We all need to get out of our office, breath some fresh air and unplug for a bit if we want to keep our sanity.
Today I want to share 6 ways that I like to spend my lunch break. Every time I make a conscious effort to do these, I feel like reenergized, much more positive and ready to tackle the rest of the day.
Work on a side project
Maximize your time and dedicate some time to your side passion. Maybe it’s planning your next vacation or crafting or creating videos… Don’t wait till the evening or weekends and make some real progress during the week!
Go on a photowalk
Many of my random Instagram pictures are actually taken during lunch time. If I make it a goal to find something beautiful to capture, I always find something without fail. Take a minute to observe and appreciate your surroundings – you will be able to see things from a different perspective, too!
Grab your favourite notebook and a pen and write down whatever it’s in your mind. Jotting down your thoughts down help you with clarity, creativity and productivity. I’m not a huge journaling type of person, but I love to write about things I want to improve in my life, bucket lists and weekly goals.
Focus on personal growth
If you want to learn a new language or skill, lunch breaks are long enough to get some work done and short enough to keep you from getting distracted.
Read or listen to a podcast
If you’re like me, you often find yourself saying “I don’t have time to read”. The truth is we are not really making it a priority. Why not start dedicating 30min of your lunch break, at least a few times a week, to reading? Your brain and soul will thank you for it 🙂
Avoid all screens
This is probably the toughest for me. I feel like I need to be constantly connected “just in case something happens” and I find that lunch breaks is when I’m able to catch up on social media. But the few times I put my phone on airplane mode and was more present in the moment, the more recharged and refreshed I felt afterwards so I want to make it a habit at least a few times a week.
How do you spend your lunch breaks at the office? What improvements would you like to make? I’d love to know.