When we return from our relaxing summer holidays and transition back into the hustle and bustle of school and work, we are often inundated with notifications, obligations and endless to-do lists. It leaves us longing for the moment when we can take a break from it all… and we don’t mean eating at your desk!
Try these 5 steps to take a real break!
1. Block some time in your calendar
The best way to ensure that no one interrupts you during your meal is to pre-plan your lunch breaks for the week. Have an hour break between meetings? Block it in! Don’t have any meetings? Block it in! Your calendar will fill up before you know it and you’ll find yourself racing between status calls with a sandwich in one hand and a computer in another. Besides, there’s always the saying of “if it’s not on my calendar, it’s not happening!” – 😀
2. Find a quiet place… step away from your emails!
To truly take a real break, you need to find a quiet place that allows you to focus on your food and clear your mind of fast running thoughts. This could be a nearby park, a library or even a coffee shop. The goal here is to remove yourself from your working environment. Don’t worry – the e-mails will be there when you come back!
3. Open your phone and activate flight mode!
This is the only way to ensure that you will be notification free while you enjoy your bite…. It also guarantees that you won’t see any upcoming task requests – your time is your time.
4. Plug in – if necessary!
Simply the action of putting on your headphones communicates to those around you that you’re busy. You can have a calming track on the background or no noise at all.
5. Pre-order your food!
This way, you know that juicy burger is on it’s way to you, when you have planned to eat it! Grab it and take it to your lunch break location of choice and savour. Every. Bite. Tune out.
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