Even on your work days you can be productive outside of work. All too often we find our break goes by in a flash. Why?
It’s because you don’t want it to. You want more time to relax before heading back to a job you may or may not enjoy. Given the choice, we would all choose a lunch break over working right?
For those of you that can handle the work, we wanted to give you some advice on how you could make your lunch break productive. After all, you’re in a working mindset right before and right after. Why not keep that working mindset going at a more relaxed pace?
Here’s what can be done in a 30 minute to 1 hour lunch break:
- No, not a full workout, but some exercise is doable. You can go for a walk, that’s probably your safest bet. It can be short and won’t get you sweaty before heading back to work. You can possibly do some light exercises like push ups, sit ups, squats, or lunges that don’t require anything but space. Try to finish these within the first 10-15 minutes of your break so you have some time to rest/ change clothes before heading back to work.
- If you’re struggling to read at home, this is a great chance to catch up in a quiet place. Assuming you can go anywhere for lunch, find a quiet spot and open up your favorite book.
- John will tell you to write your goals, priorities, time management schedule, but this can be anything. All of us here at Infinity Intuition agree that you can write about anything to be a little bit more creative. Don’t have a bucket list? Create one at lunch? Write your perfect eating lists, your exercise lists, or a list on what you could do to help others. Let your mind run wild with a pen and paper in your hand and see where it takes you.
- Learn Something
- Take an online course, read up on articles, watch YouTube videos, and whatever else you can do to learn. There seems to be an endless amount of information available at our fingertips with smart phones and computers. A half hour of learning each day will lead to a lot of learning each year, and even more each career.
- Meal Prep
- Get a chance to go home? Start cooking what you would need for dinner. Or you can go out an get all the ingredients you will need for the night. Either way, taking time during lunch can save you time when you really want to relax at night.
- Pay Your Bills
- Does it suck giving up money? Yes. But, paying your bills during lunch might increase productivity during work. You will feel the need to gain that money back, and there is no better time to do it than your work hours. Grab that bonus, reach your sales goals, or possibly use your overtime hours to regain the money you spent.
- Catch Up With Friends
- Who is guilty of not keeping in touch? We all are at some point. Catch up with friends through text or call if they have a minute too. It’s okay that life gets too busy when work is done. You don’t want to miss out on a friendship because of it. Catching up could just be a text saying “Hey, just wanted to let you know I’m thinking about you and miss you”. Don’t make it more complex than it has to be if you don’t want to.
- You can add “catch up with clients/ businesses” to this too. It doesn’t have to be about making a sale or a deal. Reach out and bring up something they would be interested hearing. Make them feel like a friend rather than somebody you would use to make money from.
Check out one of our earlier articles on how you can be productive on your commute here to see more ideas. Productivity Tips for Commuters
Let’s say you work 200 days each year. And each day you take your lunch to be productive.
30 minutes x 200 days = 6,000 minutes or 100 hours or 4.17 days of productivity
1 hour x 200 days = 12,000 minutes or 200 hours or 8.3 days of productivity
Imagine what you can get done with that amount of time. It’s really the small changes you can make daily that will help you in the long run.
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Until next post,