For those of us who work, a lunch break is usually a well-deserved, much needed break from the day. Most of us use this time to go out to eat with co-workers, eat solo, or even get additional work done. 30 minutes to one hour for lunch may not seem like a long time, but if you add up those small, daily increments, you’ll have between 2 ½ to 5 hours of time each work week to do something productive that you’ll thank yourself for later. Here are 7 ways to be more productive during your lunch break that will not only help you to refocus and refresh, but will give you the boost of motivation you need to be your best self.
Start a new project
Using your lunch break to start a new project is an extremely productive use of time. I often use my lunch hour to plan upcoming blog posts and even brainstorm new project ideas. A lot of my best ideas are generated during this time and I always feel so energized when I return to the office.
Running errands during your lunch break is a great way to check things off of your To Do List and free up some of your after work time. Sometimes I’ll go to the bank, the mall, or even to the grocery store to buy the non-perishable items that I need at home. It’s so easy to get a lot accomplished during your lunch break.
Take a nap
Nothing is a better pick me up than a nap in the middle of the day. Park your car in a safe place and catch up on some much needed ZZZs.
Hitting the gym during your lunch break is a fantastic way to reenergize and reshape your body. Many gyms offer lunch time classes – so, get out there and find yourself a workout accountability group that you can meet up with during the lunch hour. Even if you just opt for a walk around the block, any workout is a good workout!
Read a book/magazine
Don’t have enough time during the week to sit down and read that bestselling novel that you really want to check out? Your lunch break is the perfect time to catch up on your reading.
Listen to Podcasts
Podcasts are a free and easy way to further your knowledge about a particular subject. I often listen to travel, blogging, financial, and faith-based podcasts during my lunch break. It’s a great way to develop myself both personally and professionally.
This one speaks for itself. Spending your free time to be a blessing to others is always a great use of time. Many programs offer volunteer opportunities that you can get involved in. Big Brothers Big Sisters for example, offers a school-based mentoring program that allows people to come to a local school, have lunch with their mentee, and provide one-on-one mentoring. Volunteering for one hour each week could completely change the course of a child’s life, and change yours in the process.
What are some things that you do during your lunch break?