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How to Find More Time For Lunch

Look around. Are you and the majority of your co-workers stabbing at the salads on your desks? According to a recent survey by Robert Half International, senior executives work through lunch three days a week and take about 35 minutes for lunch on the other two days. Because employees are inclined to emulate the habits of their bosses, you can bet those without an office are spending at least three days working through lunch.

Doug White of Robert Half offers tips on how to combat the disappearing lunch break, and there is one in particular that I fancy. In fact, since adopting this way of work, I've discovered more time during the day and have been able to fit in lunch-time workouts a couple days a week — something that was impossible before.

When planning your day, set a few early goals for yourself. In addition to your daily to-do list, consider creating a "to-do by noon" list, for instance. Meeting these deadlines will give you a sense of relief and accomplishment, setting the stage for a more relaxing and enjoyable lunch.


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dcfashionista dcfashionista 8 years
I like to get away for my hour break. If I eat at my desk I am still supposed to answer the phone and that sucks.
bingbingboom bingbingboom 8 years
We mostly eat at our desk here and occasionally when I do have a bit of time, I feel guilty for actually finding a place to sit and eat. =(
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
Lunch? what is that? :P I eat lunch in my office just about everyday..hmm I close the door sometimes so that gives me some time to myself lol.. sometimes my friends randomly stop by and we go out to lunch but most of the time im at my desk!
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
One should always have a complete break from one's desk! I am even thinking of not doing popsugar until its the weekend! Popsugar is very distracting though I had so fun yesterday chatting about anal sex (look at the post in dearsugar), it was so funny!
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
i think there is something to be said about going to the gym at lunch time, i think that is a great way to spend your lunch break. I was just thinking i ought to be doing that now
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i used to be one of those 'ALWAYS eat at my desk types' or never go out for more than 10 minutes types but honestly, it never got me anywhere, so now i go to the gym during lunch - i get away and i'm not sorry about it. i'll go out for anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour and my team will just have to deal with it. i'm on salary, so it's not like i get paid more to stay during lunch right?
verily verily 8 years
My problem is that I eat at my desk and then start working without realizing it. Someone chats me up to ask a question, I get an email that I just have to answer... I'd go somewhere else but looking at websites like Teamsugar is relaxing to me.
Tami715 Tami715 8 years
I eat at my desk pretty much every day. But, then, I'm sitting here on the Sugar Network so I guess I'm not really "working" through lunch :D
psterling psterling 8 years
Haha, I did that today! I had 5 tasks I aimed to finish by noon. But I'm still eating at my desk... :-)
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