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7 Ways to Be More Productive During Your Lunch Break

8 Way to Be More Productive During Your Lunch Break

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.

Run errands
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.

Exercise
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.

Volunteer
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? 

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20 Comments

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    El del medio de Los Chichos
    April 20, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    what do you do if you do not have lunch breaks? my life is an endless break….

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    Robin Masshole Mommy
    April 26, 2016 at 6:19 am

    My husband works in the city (Boston) and he’s always out doing one thing or another during his lunch break!

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    Sarah Bailey
    April 26, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Hands up I’m most likely to be found napping – I seem to be so fatigued of late. x

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    Paula Schuck
    April 26, 2016 at 9:54 am

    These are all great tips. I find that one of the best ways for me to be productive is to do something I enjoy on my lunch break. I never do work related things if I don’t absolutely have to.

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    Colette S
    April 26, 2016 at 11:27 am

    This is a very nice list.
    I am all for the powernap and the exercise 🙂

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    Jeanette
    April 26, 2016 at 11:34 am

    My lunch break I actually do take a break because I work most of the day. There are days though that I do you throw in a little bit of exercise just so that I can get my body moving again.

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    Pam
    April 26, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I always used to run errands during my lunch break. It really made me feel better to get things done.

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    Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green
    April 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    During the warm months I go shopping, walk around and take in the sun or go for a run.

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    James
    April 26, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I eat during lunch. It is crazy I know but I find it to be a great way to get me through the rest of the day. I wish I had enough time to throw a nap in.

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    Liz Mays
    April 26, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    I love these ideas. I’ve been checking out some podcasts recently. I like the idea of running errands on break too.

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    Miles L.
    April 26, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I find time to use my time productively. These tips are helpful. I read a book during my free time.

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    Tanj from A Travelogue
    April 26, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    I always run errands during lunch or do a little shopping on the side or read a book! LOL! 🙂

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    Eloise
    April 26, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    I’d eat during my lunch break, then maybe rest my eyes… I’m a busy mom, so my lunch time is my ‘me’ time to relax!

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    Brittany
    April 26, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    This is great! I work out every day on my lunch break. Thanfkfully I get a full hour but that way I don’t have to worry about it after work 🙂

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    ashley
    April 27, 2016 at 7:37 am

    These are really great ideas! I love squeezing in some book reading time or exercise during my breaks. It’s the perfect escape to get back to being productive when I return to work

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    Cori
    April 27, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I miss having lunch breaks that I had nothing to do. I rarely have time to take a lunch and when I do I am still working. I used to like going for walks on my break.

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    Bonnie @wemake7
    April 27, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Great ideas. I normally just eat and take a break for now that is.

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    Jasmine Watts
    April 28, 2016 at 6:18 am

    I always listen to blogging podcasts during my lunch!! I also love the idea of taking a nap!!

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    aly mashrah
    April 28, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Awesome ideas! I would love to take an afternoon nap during my lunch break. But I started a new workout program and it’s less than 30 minutes a day so it would be a fun way to boost my energy if I did it during lunch.

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    Marisa
    April 29, 2016 at 12:17 am

    What a great way to get to the things that I never have time for. Nothing like making time! Thanks for the ideas.

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