(Don’t let these two fool you. While this may look like a casual lunch in the park, they actually identified fundamental design changes to their company’s core system that will result in a 300% efficiency gain and improved customer satisfaction within the next 90 days. All of this over peanut butter and jelly sandwiches – with the crust, mind you.)
I’m willing to bet you’ve packed your calendar so tight with meetings today that you’ll be working through lunch. While it may seem like a productive use of time to skip lunch or eat at your desk, the truth is that it’s not.
Taking a break from work to eat lunch will:
- provide nourishment to your body and brain
- reduce stress
- provide a break from the activities of the day
- give you a renewed sense of energy and spirit for the afternoon
- make you better at what you do
- improve your creative thinking (who knows, your next BIG idea may come to you over hummus and carrots)
- allow you to connect and collaborate with your peers
- give you time to network with leaders and socialize your interests to position you for your next big role
- free you to demonstrate leadership by spending time to mentor entry-level colleagues
If you’re interested in making greater contributions at work and closing in on that promotion you’ve been working so hard for, one simple action to take today is breaking for at least 30 minutes to eat lunch. Trust me, the results will show.