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What are YOU Doing for Lunch?

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I recently witnessed a super-sad sight in the office.  Walking by a coworker’s desk while she was on lunch, I found her staring blankly at her screen, numbly mouse-clicking away her one hour of freedom. She was playing an old pixilated version of solitaire.

Which in and of itself is her prerogative. But she didn’t even seem to be enjoying herself. She seemed bored out of her mind, actually.

Now, I have nothing against using your lunch break to decompress. But there’s quality time (time that rejuvenates, refreshes, relaxes), and there’s just plain killing time. And I kill enough of my time with my actual work, thank you very much. When it comes to my one hour of “me” time, I want to do something worthwhile with it — and you should, too.

Better ways to spend your lunch break

There are two ways to approach your lunch hour: the Rest-and-Relax approach, and the Get-Shit-Done approach. So rather than building up your Farmville stock, try these ideas on your lunch break. Unless Farmville really, truly makes you happy, in which case, farm away!

The R&R lunch

You work hard enough the other hours of your day, so you need your lunch for “down time.” Understandable. Here are some ways to relax, recharge, and return to work a little better off:

Read a good book. (Or magazine or blog.) Pick one you really enjoy, something that inspires you or engrosses you or makes you laugh till coffee comes out your nose.

Take a nap. If you’ve got an office door you can close, a break room that’s relatively empty, or even a comfy pillow in your car, a midday nap can be just the reset you need to make it through the rest of the day. Just make sure to have some sort of timer (like an alarm on your phone) so you don’t blissfully nap away the rest of the afternoon.

Watch a show. With the wonders of websites like Hulu, you can catch up on your favorite shows from anywhere. A little Parks & Rec in the middle of the workday? Why, I think I will!

Go for a stroll. Most of us spend our days hunched over desks in fluorescently lit offices. Getting out in the fresh air and stretching your legs can do wonders to boost your mood and your energy level. Plus you’re getting in some exercise — go you! Organize a walking group with your co-workers for bonus social points.

Get outside, period. It doesn’t have to be active. Just sitting under a tree for 15 minutes can make you feel infinitely better after being cooped up in an office all morning.

Catch up with friends. Meet someone for lunch, write some e-mails, make some phone calls. Remind yourself of the world outside your office.

Listen to good tunes. Whether it’s heavy metal to release stress or Barry Manilow to make you feel all calm and happy, tune into the music that speaks to you and lose yourself for a while.

Get a massage. This is the ultimate way to R&R on your lunch break. In fact, I kinda want to do this myself now…

Play a game — if you really enjoy it. I don’t want to hate on computer games, because they can be a good way to entertain yourself and give your brain a rest in the midst of a hectic day. Just please, if you find yourself starting to resent the mere sight of an angry bird, find something else to do for a little while. I’m begging you.

The Get-Shit-Done lunch

As long as you’re in productivity mode anyway, why not use that momentum to cross some things off your to-do list or make progress towards your own goals?

Work on a Personal Project. Whether you’re writing a novel, trying to launch a side business or making a scrapbook of photos of your awesome dog Sneakers, getting something done for you can make you feel productive and put you in a better mood.

Run errands. Hate wasting your evenings and weekends on errands? Why not use your break to get some of them out of the way? Run to the bank, pick up your dry cleaning, buy some groceries. Then kick back and actually enjoy your free time after work hours.

Make some extra $$. Take online surveys, find small tasks on Amazon’s mTurk, do some freelancing. Every little bit helps.

Learn something new. A language, a hobby, whatever interests you. It might actually be easier to finally sit down and focus on it when you’ve got a set time limit and no other distractions.

Work on getting out — of your job, that is. This can be a tricky one, but it’s doable if you’re discrete. Update your resume, do some job-searching, schedule (or attend) interviews. Disclaimer: Be careful. Only you know how closely your company monitors your activities. Job-searching on your smartphone and making calls from your car may be the best way to play it safe. This one is a risk, and best attempted only if you know you can safely get away with it.

How do you prefer to spend your lunch break? Are you an R&R type, or do you like to Get Shit Done? What suggestions do you have using your break for all it’s worth?

Kelly Gurnett, a.k.a. “Cordelia,” runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits, where she documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • http://www.jaclynschiff.com Jaclyn Schiff

    These are great ideas Kelly!! As you point out, it’s so easy to sit at your desk and just zone out, which doesn’t accomplish much. When I had an office job, I took lunch as an opportunity to build relationships with the colleagues I did not work directly with. During the summer, it was also an amazing excuse to get outside and enjoy some sun!

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      Exactly. Whatever you do with your lunch break, it’s important to make sure you DO something. Time is rare–use it for all it’s worth! (Even if only for getting some rays.) :)

  • Anonymous

    I love these ideas, and I’m curious — How many of you get a lunch break, and if you get one, how long is it for? Do you actually take it?

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      That’s a very good point. Even in my own office, some people religiously insist on taking their full hour lunch, some people do “working lunches” (which never “work”), some people skip lunch altogether, and some go way (way) over their allotted time.

      How much “you” time you get is definitely dependent on company policy/how busy you are, but it’s SO important to take *some* kind of a break throughout the day, even if it’s only walking to the break room to get a coffee or stretching every hour or so. All work and no breaks (even tiny ones) makes for bad results long-term.

  • http://twitter.com/jasonhparker Jason H. Parker

    Watch TEDx Talks! Or educate yourself on an interest. Boom.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      Love it! I thoroughly recommend TED Talks as a brilliant way to enrich your lunch hour. Inspiring, educational…I’m actually pretty jealous I didn’t think of this one myself.

      Boom, indeed. :)

  • Becky B

    It’s devastatingly easy to be a desk-eater, which can have many pitfalls if you’re not careful: Ending up doing work while eating, having people stop by with more work because they don’t notice you’re actually on lunch, and winding up feeling like you’ve had more of a stressful day because you didn’t take a break are just a few of them.

    Granted, you may have gotten the desk-eater syndrome to work for you quite well, whether it’s reading a book, or indulging in online shenanigans or even playing solitaire or Mindsweeper (when concentrating, people can focus so much they’ll look blank–doesn’t mean they’re not enjoying the mental activity).

    In my experience, it’s been worth it to get up and away from your desk if you can. I’m an avid reader and used to read during my half hour lunch break, but over time I realized that that half hour could have been 30 minutes of cementing bonds with co-workers in one of the easiest ways possible. Unless you’re eating on a really rushed schedule, lunch equals relaxation, at least for a little while!

    In these days when networking trumps traditional job searching techniques, it’s worth it to make sure people know you for more than just what you look like as you’re hunched over your desk 8+ hours a day.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      Desk-eating is definitely something some people can get away with and some can’t. I love using my lunch hour at my desk to catch up on reading blogs, work on my own writing, etc., but that’s only because I’m in an office now where I get a little peace. I’ve had desks where desk-eating was definitely not a viable option.

      Networking is definitely a great use of your time. You spend 8 hours a day with your co-workers; why not get to know them a little better? Maybe you’ll even make some potential career connections. You never know what people may be influential down the road.

      You make a good point about the “blank stare.” For all I know, my coworker *could* have been thoroughly enjoying herself (I certainly hope she was). I suppose it was imagining how bored *I’d* be in that situation that really got me thinking of all this…

  • http://twitter.com/Theaprilblake April Blake

    These are great ideas, and some are great reminders to stop piddling around and make time mean something. I work 3 miles from my office and usually go home or to a nearby restaurant because I am at the front desk at my job and these jerks don’t understand “I am on my lunch break please don’t bother me with work right now.” Bad for the environment, good for my sanity.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      I don’t blame you. I once had a receptionist job where I had to go eat at the break table because sitting up front made me “on duty.” But even at the break table (while reading a book WITH my headphones on, mind you!), people would still stop by and interrupt me to give me projects or ask me questions about things I was working on. Sometimes you’ve just gotta get out to make a clear stand for your “me” time.

  • http://blog.sailorscorpio.com Meredith

    Currently, I spend my lunch breaks reading Hemingway. I’m almost done with the mind-blower The Garden of Eden — I had no clue Hemingway wrote juicy stories like that. Up next: The Sun Also Rises. I may also begin writing a book during my lunch hour. I think I need to build my inspiration a little more first, which is why I’m enjoying Hemingway.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      I love reading books on my lunch hour. It’s a great way to get some inspiration in the middle of the work day, and having a set end time can make it easier to get through a book sometimes. (I’ve often brought more difficult books into work than I’m reading at home because I concentrate on them better in small doses).

      I’m not familiar with The Garden of Eden, but you’ve definitely got me curious now. Sounds like you’ve found a great way to combine R&R and “getting something done” (inspiration, writing ideas) in one activity!

  • http://jesseanneo.blogspot.com/ jesse.anne.o

    I don’t know anyone at the same title level at work who actually takes a lunch hour.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      I find that so sad. I would *highly* recommend that anyone skipping their lunch breaks read the book “The Power of Full Engagement” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz.

      Their argument is that human beings aren’t meant to be 24/7 productivity machines–we have natural reserves of energy that need periodic times of renewal in order to be used effectively. Working all day with no break may *feel* like you’re being more productive, but it can lead to burnout, stress, anxiety, exhaustion, and loss of focus. Taking even 15 minutes out to grab a quick sandwich or walk around the block gives your mind and body a time to reset and renew themselves.

      Imagine going through a stack of reports after 7 hours of pushing yourself to the max; then imagine yourself going through a stack of reports after taking even half an hour to just unwind and refocus. Which state do you think you’d be more “productive” in?

      • http://entryleveldilemma.blogspot.com Edward – Entry Level Dilemma

        I think what Jesse is referring to is that most people only get 30 minute lunch break. I’ve never seen anyone who isn’t an executive get more than 30 minutes for lunch.

        That said, I DON’T get lunch breaks on a typical basis. Some days are so busy, I’m lucky if I get more than 2 bathroom breaks in a 12 hour shift.

        • http://jesseanneo.blogspot.com/ jesse.anne.o

          It was kind of both, sadly. The 1 hour is an exception if you have an errand to do or a dr’s appt. Sometimes if I don’t bring lunch I’ll get a 20 min break but most of the times it’s as I wrote out, above.

          • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

            This is just one symptom of how truly broken our 9-5 system is. People give so much of their time, energy, and lives to their jobs–the least they deserve is a little fair consideration for their needs as a living, breathing soul. If asking for an hour, 30 minutes, or 5 minutes to decompress is asking for too much, something is seriously wrong. Just one of the many (many) reasons why I’ve become a thorough convert to the Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE) philosophy.

      • http://jesseanneo.blogspot.com/ jesse.anne.o

        Frankly, it is sad. I honestly feel like it’s just not done unless you have to do an errand one day or something. At my old job I would at least take a walk around the block because it was an area of midtown where you could actually walk. Being stuck in the pit of the “Garment District” (i.e. between 2 major train stations with a million tourists and their roll luggage, with skinny sidewalks, no parks and a million delivery bike guys or fabric cart delivery people trying to do their jobs) makes it frustrating to get 3 blocks away, let alone “just walk”.

        I swear I’m going to start sneaking away to the stairwell to read for 15 minutes because bringing my own lunch is biting me in the ass. Let people think I’m in a meeting.

        • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

          Hear, hear! At one point during my receptionist job (when even going to the break room didn’t tell people I was “on a break”), I started eating out just to have some time to myself. Another secretary eats in our file storage room so she can read a book in peace. Sometimes you’ve got to fight for your break time–but you should. You not only deserve it–you need it, for your sanity and ability to keep working efficiently.

  • http://www.printinginabox.com Justin

    For me, I find the best way to take a break is to do absolutely nothing—or at least as little as possible. I work a day job, do freelance work, and am also involved in other projects that are somewhat time-consuming. So it often seems like I’m working round-the-clock, seven days a week. It’s crucial to remember to take some time off, for mental clarity and even physical health!

    Great suggestions, though.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      Doing nothing is a perfectly reasonable R&R option. Sometimes you just need to let your brain and body rest. I also have a day job, freelance, and other projects (like my blog)–which, although they’re “my” work, are still exhausting and time-consuming. So I completely relate to your situation. I’ve reserved at least a part of every evening for mindless TV watching with my husband, simply as my own guilty pleasure “me” time.

  • http://twitter.com/amandaabella Amanda Abella

    These are great! My coworker and I have started taking walks during our lunch break. We joke that we forget what outside looks like when we’re working in the office.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      I can so relate to that. I feel I’ve become an office vampire–I can’t go out into even mild sunlight without squinting like a maniac after 8 hours in my dim office.

  • http://parisianfeline.wordpress.com Tatiana

    At my last job, during my lunch break I would read or write. Sometimes I would listen to my ipod or chat on the phone – but my break was only 30 minutes so I didn’t have a lot of time to talk to someone. Generally, though, I prefer reading!

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      Even a 30 minute break can be an opportunity to relax and recharge if you find the right ways to use it–which it sounds like you definitely have. Just doing *something* for yourself that you truly enjoy in the middle of your workday can help immensely with your energy level (and your spirits!)

  • http://entryleveldilemma.blogspot.com Edward – Entry Level Dilemma

    Lunch break? What’s that? I shove a sandwich in my mouth while working.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      *Tsk, tsk.*

      Not to you necessarily, because we can’t always change our working environment. But *tsk* to your working environment. Employees aren’t machines. They shouldn’t be treated as such.

      • http://entryleveldilemma.blogspot.com Edward – Entry Level Dilemma

        There is one contractor who insists on taking a lunch break. When I work with him, then I get a lunch break. Otherwise, the consensus is, the sooner we’re done, the sooner we go home. I haven’t worked a day under 11 hours in over a month.

      • Jodine Ibeme

        But they do, some expect to run when we haven’t learned to walk yet.

  • http://inspiredmagz.com Syafz

    sometimes I went out lunch with friends :) sometimes, just eat sandwich in front of the monitor. ;)

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      As long as you’re enjoying the time, it’s time well spent. :)

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  • Jrandom42

    What am I doing for lunch? Eating a nutritious delicious meal, reading an entertaining book AWAY FROM THE OFFICE AND CO-WORKERS! Got a problem with that?

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      None whatsoever. Sounds lovely to me, actually.

  • http://www.203Kloan.net Jonathan Blackwell

    Lunch is always education time. I use that hour to study my marketing, to review my results, to learn more about specific mortgage products and to try and learn as much as possible about how I can increase my productivity.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      Excellent use of your time! So many people forget to keep educating themselves when they’ve settled into a job, but to make yourself a truly valuable employee, you should always be learning and finding new ways to increase your skills. Good for you!

  • Karen Wheelock

    I only get half an hour for lunch, so I go to a nearby park and read while I eat my packed sandwich and salad. It makes my break feel so much longer! :)

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      I bet! Reading under a tree or in the sunshine definitely tops my personal favorite list. Losing yourself in a good book is a great way to really detach from work and just enjoy yourself, and there is nothing like the feeling of being out in nature to relax and rejuvenate you.

  • http://twitter.com/AshlynBrewer Ashlyn Brewer

    I like making good use of my lunch, but it never seems the same. Some days I push through on a big project to prevent having to add that extra hour to the end of my day. Some days I eat lunch in the break room and bond with my amazing colleagues. Some days I sneak out of the office and use it meet with new/old friends, whether it’s networking or just pure fun. Great post, although I think more book/articles have been written about getting the most out of your lunch hour than any other hour of the day. :) One can’t forget that you have to optimize the other hours of your workday too.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      “One can’t forget that you have to optimize the other hours of your workday too.”

      Agreed! The hours of your personal time, too. Are you going to spend your evenings zoned out in front of the TV, or connect with family, friends, hobbies…? Every hour we have is ours to spend, and however we spend it, we should make sure we feel at the end that it’s been spent the best way we could.

  • http://www.thedailyawe.com Lindsay | The Daily Awe

    I always go for a walk and/or run errands. Any excuse to get out of the office for a little while.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      Exactly. It can help so much just to get out of the office environment and have a chance to reset.

  • http://www.SoTypeA.blogspot.com Kelsey

    Love this! The lunch break is SO important, and we definitely don’t take full advantage. One of my personal lunch-time favorites is getting my run in over the hour break. My office is right by a river-side trail, and it’s an easy way to squeeze 5 miles into a busy day. It’s especially fun to meet up with friends whose offices are nearby along the way.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      Getting in a little workout midday can be a great way to boost your energy and clear your mind. I wish I were ambitious enough to try it myself. :)

  • Jodine Ibeme

    http://www.drawastickman.com/
    Here is something fun to do on your lunch break.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      Freakin’ awesome! You’d better believe I’m sharing that with everyone I know now. Great find!

  • Jodine Ibeme

    I was afraid to take lunch at my last employer. I was hearing gossip from other employees about other employers. I did not want to be a part of it. So I never took lunch in the breakroom. I may have been seen as snobby. I was staying away from trouble.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      I can understand that. Sometimes eating in the break room can be more stressful than not taking a lunch at all. It’s so sad that other people’s crappy attitudes can pervade a whole workplace like that. In that kind of situation, I would definitely eat outside, in my car, go somewhere for lunch, etc. You’re wise to stay out of a gossipy atmosphere. It brings you down, it brings other people down, and it does nothing but cause more stress.

  • Jodine Ibeme

    I got to know a person on lunch break and found out this person was being bullied by people in his department. This person could not explain well it because he wasn’t fluent in English
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    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      Oh wow. Isn’t it incredible what you can find out about people just by taking a little extra time out to get to know them? I bet he was so grateful to be able to share that with somebody. Good for you for taking the time out to listen to him–I’m sure your conversations were a bright spot in his work day!

    • Palladium964

      Unacceptable treatment of your pandejo co-workers to someone who does not speak the dialect well! The reason, they are feeling inadequate because they are so narrow minded. Write it all down, document who said what and who was present, go to HR, go to board of labor relations. Make sure no retaliation is happening. Does not matter if they speak English or whatever, there is no place in the work place for bully’s. Thumbs Down to Bully’s!!!

  • Kay Lorraine

    I used to fight with my employees to get them to take a lunch break. They all wanted to eat at their desks and then take off early at the end of the day. It was really tough, because I am a firm believer that you NEED to take a break. Sitting there staring at the screen while you eat a sandwich creates a situation where sometime around 2:00 your productivity takes a nose dive and you’re pretty much worthless by 4:00.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      Can I reach out and hug you? You are precisely the kind of manager/boss our workaholic culture DIRELY needs. Thank you on your employees’ behalf for trying to get them to take better care of themselves. If only the working world had more like you.

      We all have natural ebbs and flows of energy (as anyone who’s experienced the dreaded “3:00 slump” is aware). We perform better when we ride our peak productivity periods, then take some time to rest, recharge, and renew ourselves.

      Unless you’re a computer, getting through the workday and doing your best should never be treated as a marathon; it should be treated as a series of well-time and well-fueled sprints. Energy management (and maximization) is worth infinitely more than time management.

  • http://twitter.com/kevleighton Kevin Leighton

    So this is one of those topics where we should all be saying ‘why did you even think you had to write this’! Unfortunately it’s a fact of life that many people dont take a break and probably end up less productive than they would have been if they’d done so. Yep, I try to make my 30 mins constructive by going for a walk, building my network on LinkedIn or Twitter or developing my own small business. I can always find something else to do!

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      “So this is one of those topics where we should all be saying ‘why did you even think you had to write this’!”

      You are (sadly) spot on. It seems that most of topics people are blogging about these days (cut back on spending, take time for yourself, enjoy the small things, follow your passion) are all pretty “duh!” lines of thought. Unfortunately, we are extremely talented as a culture at not realizing the obvious as we shuffle dully through the daily grind…

  • Mar24g

    It depends on the season and what I am into: Reading, studying, self improvement, home repair. Generally, I like this time to kick back, enjoy a refreshing beverage, a snack, input some work from the day (do not have to bring this work home); blog, research some website or work opportunity, maybe chat with a buddy if they are nearby, read the paper or a book. I have a flexible work schedule and am manager I schedule my lunch/break. .

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      I like that you have so many options available. It really keeps the time fresh and interesting and is a nice mix of productivity and R&R. You are very lucky to have flexibility with your break (as witnessed by many of the other commenters’ situations).

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    Sitting there staring at the screen while you eat a sandwich creates a situation

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      Do you mean the “why aren’t you working if you’re at your desk” kind of situation?

      • Palladium964

        My response to “Why aren’t you working?” I would reply: “I didn’t see you coming.”

        • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

          *Snerk* Things I’d like to say but won’t in real life… :P

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  • Fubriana

    With only 30 minutes on lunch, I barely have time to walk down to the cafeteria, break into my packed lunch and allow for a quick phone call. 30 minutes is not long enough to do much else but chew and swallow before you have to be back at your desk. I would love to have 1 hour to do errands, read a book, or do something educational. I wish employers would recognize this time as something more than feeding the animal time.

  • bwwind

    work so hard,many people don’t have time to have their lunch in mordern society.
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    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      I understand. Many people have responded that way! Stay tuned for my upcoming post on just that issue!

  • Palladium964

    Here in Las Vegas I know some people that go to titty-bars to enjoy their hour!

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      Yikes! That’s certainly one brand of R&R (which I of course cannot professionally endorse). :P

  • Palladium964

    Just get up and leave your desk at random times during the day. Hide in the janitor closet for a quick 15 minute power nap.OMG don’t forget to put the phone on vibrake and set your alarm. Opps, I may have over slept a few times. Everyone will wonder where you are, just tell them you were over there–someplace – someplace in the building. Then on your lunch break go outside, get away from the desk, monitor, and coworkers. In the afternoon around 3, go to the closet for another 15 minute power nap.But make sure to take two additional 10 minutes breaks too just walking randomly shuffling papers or something. Tell them you were someplace, over there…lol

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      You must really be a power napper–can’t imagine it’s very comfortable sleeping space in among all the mops & brooms. :P

  • http://twitter.com/athenanetwork Zsa Zsa

    Love your tips! I used to love reading during lunch breaks and taking short walks. Now that I work at home, I usually just do some stretches, play with my dog or take a quick nap!

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      Thanks, Zsa Zsa! It’s a good point to mention that people working from home need breaks, too. I think sometimes it’s even harder to get a break then because the work/home line blurs so much. But you’ve got to have downtime, no matter what your situation. (P.s. I would SO play with my puppies for relaxation if I worked from home!)

  • http://www.weddinggownshop.com.au/ Hijj2011

    I need a full rest…..

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      I hear you.

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  • http://www.getmyexboyfriendbackfast.com Steff@get-my-ex-boyfriend-back

    Hi Cordelia,

    I have always enjoyed reading your articles. My lunch time is strictly for indulging myself with food and bonding with my colleagues. I think that is wholesome enough. Let me tell you though that there are some bosses that don’t eat (my company is made up of 95% female) and tend to drag meetings over lunch time. It’s terrible, and I suspect it is not doing their body or diet program any good.

    * I can truly understand how one can play a game without truly enjoying it, This is why I stay away from addictive games like bejewelled and facebook blackjack.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      Sounds like you’re spending your lunch in a great way for you. It’s so important to have some time to unwind and take care of yourself in the middle of a hectic day.

  • Gerald

    I shop online! My groceries get delivered right after I get home from work, saving me a stressful supermaket errand.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      That’s a fantastic idea! I HATE grocery shopping but have never been sure if online grocery shopping would be right for me. What sites do you use, can I ask?

      • Gerald

        I’m in the UK… so I use tesco, they have a great customer service. Usually they are not very good with fruits and veggies so I go to the local market on weekends. But they have great offers, BOGOFs and coupons for free delivery most of the time. Even paying 5 dollars for delivery is a bargain for me when I consider gas and time wasted, plus the non essential items you end up buying when tempted at the supermarket. Any time I have complained about missing items or something not being what I expected, I have been refunded, and kept the product. Like that time I got a 3 pounds smoked salmon that expired 3 days later instead of the usual 3-4 weeks. On that website I can save a list of my favorite items to save me some time, or shop as I go and checkout when I have enough products. Usually do it every other week.

  • Heather

    Once a week I volunteer during my lunch break. I found an organization 5 minutes away that provides (seasonal) clothing to foster care children but they need help keeping clothes stocked and organized for when the families arrive. My OCD comes out to organize clothing racks but I’m also doing good. As an added bonus my company provides grants for employee volunteer work – in one year I can get a $500 grant just for my one hour a week. :)

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      Wow, that sounds like an ideal situation all around! I’m kind of jealous, actually. (My OCD would love an activity like that, too.)

  • Rzokian

    My husband and I recently bought a second car, so suddenly I can leave the office during lunch. It’s close enough to go home or I can run errands. Before lunch each day, or the night before, I decide what will make me feel most satisfied when I’m done with lunch. Sometimes it’s errands, sometimes it’s writing. Today it was housework!

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      I like your flexible approach! It keeps things interesting and lets you really get the most out of each day’s break. (p.s. I wish I lived close enough to home that I could run back on my break and do some housework! Maybe then I’d finally be on top of my dishes and laundry!) :)

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