Note: these tips are the most helpful if you a) work downtown, b) work in a cube, and/or c) work in an office where you never see the light of day.
To have an effective and enjoyable lunch break, follow these simple instructions:
- Have a plan. It helps if everything is in the same place or close by. For instance, the most effective use of my time would be to stop at the ATM, then cross the street to the bagel place, cross back and peruse the selection at Fields, and stop downstairs Fields for Starbucks. Everything within two buildings that are directly across the street from each other.
- Don’t walk too fast. Remember, this is your break from work. You shouldn’t be so stressed out on it. Calm down.
- Whenever possible, travel outdoors. Walk on the sunny side of the street (or pick the sunny streets to walk on, depending on your situation). Take deep breaths of fresh air (because even if it’s smoggy, it’s better than whatever has been circulating through your building all day long).
- Attempt to not think about work at all (a fairly easy feat for myself, but others, I know, might find this difficult). Again, this is your break.
- If you don’t like crowds, move your lunch break to avoid them (for instance, I only go to Chipotle after 1:30). Alternately, if you love being around people or people-watching, pick the busiest time to go.
- Try to look around at least once and find something that makes you think, d*mn, God made some beautiful stuff (boys, girls, trees, flowers, whatever).
This has been a public service announcement, brought to you courtesy of Kelly’s 3:00 Chipotle run.