6 Ways To Maximize Your Lunch Break

6 Ways To Maximize Your Lunch Break

Your lunch break at work is a time to get away from the screen, relax, and (of course) eat lunch. But a surprising amount of people waste their lunch break by staring at their phones. This guide will look at some of the ways you can maximize your lunch break.

Eat the right foods

Firstly, it’s important to eat the right foods at lunch. Eat too much and you’ll feel sluggish for the rest of the day. Eat too little and you’ll be thinking about your hunger pangs and not focusing on what the boss is telling you. The ideal work lunch is full of energy-rich foods like fruit, nuts, fatty fish, brown rice, and eggs. Once you have perfect the work lunch, you’ll become a master of afternoon productivity.

Close your eyes

If you work in an office, you probably spend most of the day staring at the screen, which can be pretty bad for your health. For starters, it’s bad for your eye health, so you need to get some blue-light blocking glasses and take regular breaks. Then, at lunch, you should consider getting some shut-eye to give your retinas a break.

Do nothing

This might not be the most revolutionary piece of advice, but it’s still relevant. If your life is too busy and is getting you stressed out, you should consider doing nothing on your lunch break. If you can find a quiet space, try a guided meditation or just sit in silence. This will help you feel reenergized and calmer for the rest of the day.


Lunchtime is one of the best times to get your workout in. Those people that get up at 5am and fit it in before work are doing it all wrong. Try going for a power walk after you’ve eaten. This has a couple of benefits. First, it will help reduce your blood sugar levels after consuming lunch. Second, it gives you more time in the morning and evening for yourself. And lastly, it will make you feel more energized for the rest of the workday.

Learn a new skill

If you just want to stare at your smartphone and switch off from the world, you should consider doing something productive.

Post on social media

Lunchtime is one of the best times of the day to post on social media. Think about it – everyone is on their lunch break scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. You could capitalize on this by starting a social media account and growing followers. Whether it’s reposting funny memes, pictures of beautiful flower arrangements, or cute cat videos, you might be able to monetize it further down the line. Who knows, you could end quitting your job because of something you started on your lunch break.

About the author

Steven Ly

Steven Ly is the Startup Program and Events Manager at TheNextHint Inc. She recruits rockstar startups for all TC events including Disrupt, meetups, Sessions, and more both domestically and internationally. Previously, she helped produce Dreamforce with Salesforce and Next '17 with Google. Prior to that, she was on the advertising teams at both Facebook and AdRoll, helping support advertisers in North America and helped grow those brands globally. Outside of work, Steven enjoys Flywheel, tacos, the 49ers, and adventuring around the globe.

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