A colleague of mine recently went for some 1 hour glasses on her dinner break and it got me thinking about how much more I could be doing on my own dinner break. I often complain that an hour just isn’t enough but if they are able to create her new lenses and pop them into frames in less than an hour, then I should really be looking to make the most of this time that I have in the middle of the day. This is why I have decided to take on some new tasks over my lunch break and here are a few which I have done so far.
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Get a Tattoo
Getting a tattoo was always something which I wanted to do and so last month I nipped out at lunchtime for a tattoo on my foot, which took around 20 minutes. I can’t believe that I was able to get this done in such a short space of time and thankfully I was still able to work in the afternoon as it really didn’t hurt too much.
Read a Book
I often complain that I don’t have time to read a book yet this is exactly what I do have the time to do when I am on my dinner break and so I downloaded some books to my Kindle and I have been dedicating 30 minutes each day to reading a book and I am getting through one in about 2 weeks at the moment, something I never thought I’d be able to do.
Something else which I am planing on doing is to learn Spanish and given that I don’t have a great deal of time on the evenings, I plan to use some of my dinner break to learn. This is going to be a great time to brush up on words and learn little phrases, and I can’t wait to start picking up a new language.
Take a Walk
Life can be stressful and that is why heading off for a walk is such a calming thing to do, it is also good to get the blood pumping and to get some fresh air. I go for at least a 10 minute walk every day at the moment and it really does make the afternoon a lot calmer than before.
If you dedicate just 15 minutes per day to sit down in a quiet space and meditate then you are going to reap a huge amount of benefits from it. Meditation helps us to organize our thoughts, to focus and to improve our abilities to deal with stress, this is a great tool which is going to help you in your life both inside and outside of work. Take just 15 minutes of that lunch break and significantly improve your life.
The power of an hour, you really can pack in more than you think that you could.