If you’re a morning person like me, you probably pour so much energy during the first hours at the office that by lunch time you want to take a nap. Or 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 a few different activities I like to do during my lunch break. Every time I make a conscious effort to do these, I feel like re-energized, much more positive and ready to tackle the rest of the day.
Here are 6 productive ways to spend your lunch break
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 do. 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 a book 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, but every time I put my phone on airplane mode and I am more present in the moment and more recharged and refreshed after my lunch break.
How do you spend your lunch breaks at the office? What improvements would you like to make? I’d love to know.