Take Back Your Lunch Hour

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Feel like you don’t have enough hours in the day? It’s probably the most common complaint from me and my friends. We live in a world where busy is a badge of honor. Doing nothing is seen as an indulgence, not an everyday treat. There always seems to be more things I need to do, or activities I want to do.

For my birthday this year, my friends and family put together a book of the things they loved about me, and one that came up over and over was that I do more than they think humanly possible.

And it’s true, I do a lot.

Ever since I was a child, I’ve hated being bored. When I have a whole day with no plans, it’s exhausting for me, not refreshing. I’d rather be do-do-doing. Which sometimes means I overschedule myself. So what do I do in those moments when I have too many activities, and not enough time?

I make my lunch hour the most productive minutes of my day. Instead of sitting at my desk and perusing twitter for the latest gossip, I run errands. I cross the items that would take up my after-work hours right off my to-do list before my day at the office is even done.

I need to buy a fan? That’s totally doable in 60 minutes. Pop over to a venue to pick up concert tickets? I’ll be back at my desk in under an hour. Have a quick wax? If that takes longer than 20 minutes I’ll be seriously suffering. Is it sleep you’re missing out on? A 30-minute power nap in your car can make all the difference.

I take a look at the stuff I have to get done, and I evaluate what’s possible in an hour or less. Cutting the running around out of your time reserved for fun and relaxation frees up your evenings and gives you the boost of energy you need to get through the rest of the work day with a little fresh air and speed walking.

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