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Work-Life Balance: Squeezing In Lunch - Executive Leadership Articles

Work-Life Balance: Squeezing In Lunch

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Work-Life Balance: Squeezing In Lunch

Work and family, family and school, school and sports, sports and rest, rest and diet, diet and work. In our eternal quest to maintain balance in our lives, we often consider each corner of our lives a separate element requiring its own attention, or else we treat some of them as afterthoughts, stuff to wedge into the crevices of time throughout the day. For many of us, lunch is something to be taken at whatever time we can squeeze it in, in whatever fashion suits the available time, rather than a priority deserving its own reserved space in our appointment books and minds.

When it comes to meals, there are no generalizations for managing our time and space, since we all have different needs and preferences. Yet whether you’re a grazer who nibbles his way through the day or a drop-everything-and-eat-at-the-appointed-time kind of luncher, dealing with meals should be a priority in dealing with the entire portrait of your day, and not just because a human’s got to eat in order to function. Good choices at meal time can actually contribute to better work-life balance.

We’re told about the benefits of healthy exercise and eating in our news feeds all the time. They can reduce stress, improve focus and mental energy, make us feel better about ourselves and others around us, and contribute to more restful sleep, which makes us better able to deal with anything ready to leap upon us during the day.

For this reason, we already know to put a high priority on diet and exercise, but if that were easy, we’d all be healthy, happy and in perfect balance. The reality of our daily, chaotic existences make this facet of our lives all by itself a seemingly impossible task. Forbes contributor Rachel Dresdale suggests that reminds us to have a Plan B and a Plan C, because of course our Plan A is always in jeopardy.

If weekly meal-prepping Sunday night just didn’t happen, you can take the easy way and grab something out of the vending machines all week, or you can have a few go-to options that will do, just in case: a grab-and-go salad from the convenience store down the block, or a drive-through smoothie from the fast food spot on the corner are not the ideal, but they’re better than that bag of Fritos you’re stuck with because the machine is always out of your favorite chips. There’s a rather bland chicken salad nearby that’s hard to get excited about, but when you’re hungry and you left that rainbow quinoa salad in a plastic container on your kitchen counter, it’ll taste great and make you feel a lot better. Find it, and bookmark it in your mind as your regular Plan B.

You can do a lot worse than to have something healthy in your desk drawer, and we’re not just talking about a few granola bars or boxes of raisins, although there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. A decent meal can be thrown together with a can of sardines (spring for the pricier ones, with no skin or bones), a box of no-fridge tofu, and a package of dried seaweed. This may not work for everyone, but you get the idea: something with a decent shelf life that may not be necessarily full of superfoods, but will satisfy you without costing you ten million Weight Watchers points. Plus, we’re talking about a Plan C here, something you might be happy to settle for and still feel good about yourself after.

Of course there are other possibilities: getting in your car and having lunch out, for example, or making use of an app-powered restaurant delivery service. The point is not exactly how you get food into your body, but that you take the time and make the effort to have a good lunch, and not treat it as an afterthought. As Daniel Pink points out in his latest book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, when and how we take lunch can have a huge impact on our productivity and mood. You make all kinds of plans for the department meeting you lead every week: why not give your daily lunch the same kind of attention?

Reference Link:
Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelritlop/2017/02/28/experts-share-how-to-balance-work-life-wellness

 

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