YOUR BUSINESS RESCUE COACH ASKS YOU:
When was the last time you took a lunch break?
Do you have meetings or work through lunch?
Are your Best Business Strategies working for you already OR are you flustered? Perhaps the simple answer is counter-intuitive: take a break!
What, a break? Yes, I’m speaking of a true break. A break which takes you away (AKA: a break in thought or action) from what you are doing and allows you the liberty to not be working – in any manner whatsoever.
When was the last time you took a real break during lunch? Was it today, yesterday, or even last week? OK, maybe you have recently… kudos to you! Now let’s ask the important question: are you taking a lunch break consistently? According to research, a vast majority of Americans are not.
How do (true) lunch breaks impact productivity?
As we usually do, we are going to oversimplify this topic for efficiency sake. Effectiveness always depends upon optimum or potential performance. When a person performs at a task for a period of time with great focus they begin practicing the Law of Diminishing Returns (which is not getting the biggest bang for your output- matter of fact, it starts to diminish).
It goes like this: we are mere humans – our minds and bodies need breaks, even shifts in activities to help us become revitalized or “fresh” again. Usually taking a (true) break will allow you to think and/or do something different for a bit so when you come back to your project you see it with fresh eyes and have more stamina, both physically and mentally, to accomplish the task more effectively and efficiently.
Let’s equate your business schedule (appointments, projects, etc.) to a runner. A runner may decided to run 5K , half marathon, or a marathon. They prepare for this diligently. Throughout their training they rest and do other things. So when they come to their next training session they are focused and know what to do and perform the best they can for their big day. Practice does make perfect. They will even rest prior and after their performance event so they are restored and can perform at their optimum.
When you work on a (big) project or for a day, do you take a non-working lunch? Lunch is equivalent to coming up for air and looking around. I know I’m not the only one who can sit in a chair endlessly and work on a project for 6 hours until the moon is brightly shining! Yep, sometimes I forget that I am human too, and my body let’s me know- it’s definitely stiff from sitting so long!
Want to improve your productivity?
CONSISTENTLY take a break and at least build a non-working lunch into your schedule. Come on, I invite you to a new experiment!
It can be all different this year…
if you plan to deliver different results in 2013!
If you or your business needs rescuing on this particular topic
or any other Business Strategies we have been discussing,
please reach out to Maggie (262) 716.7750 FYI: I’m in the Central Time Zone
Blessings of Success to YOU ~
The Business Rescue Coach, Maggie Mongan
Brilliant Breakthroughs, Inc.
I always try and take a 30-45 min lunch, away from my desk. If I’m not reading a good book then I’m with colleagues chatting non-business stuff. Too often though I find my boss and colleagues working through lunch, with no breaks. This really is not a way to treat yourself (or your employees). The mind and body truly needs breaks. Great article!!
Illuminated Engagements Centre for Whole-Being
Your right, management and leadership really need to improve upon this! Actually, thanks for the lead in as next week I will be discussing lunch meetings. Hopefully you, and others, will keep honoring your own needs by tending to what you know you need to perform optimally. Good job!
perfect day for me to hear this
Glad to be of service! I think it’s a great reminder for everyone- probably more often that we want to admit 🙂