Your lunch hour is “me” time, so enjoy it. But don’t fall for the notion that you can’t put it to good use “working” for yourself to reduce stress by taking care of small chores, errands, and to-dos that will free up time after work.
If you tend to eat for 15 minutes and zone out for 15 to 45 more, see if any of these ideas whet your appetite for a different kind of lunch—a power lunch that buys free time so you have better days, more pleasant evenings, and fewer weekends bogged down with errands:
- Plan a grocery list or evening meal.
- Pay bills.
- Plan your weekend.
- Go for a walk.
- Pick out birthday cards, do short errands, and grocery shop for all the non-refrigerated items to save time later.
- Schedule personal/medical appointments.
- Call family and friends to wish them a happy birthday.
- Have lunch with a mentor.
Before work begins or during a commute on public transportation, plan your to-dos for lunch breaks to super-charge your entire week. Save your list and be amazed at how much you accomplished.