Take a real break.Breaking from work for 60 seconds to chow down your lunch at your desk doesn’t count. In order to get a period of true respite, the time has to involve an actual break from work. Try not to check your e-mail, bring work with you or talk about work during lunch.
Make a plan.Don’t squander your lunch break because it’s ‘free time’. Time is a non-renewable resource, wherever you are, whatever the time of day. Try your best to plan it out and make the most of it.You should also plan your activities immediately after lunch. Giving thought to how you prioritize and schedule events in the afternoon can maximize your productivity.
Get up from your desk or work space.Staying at your desk is a big no-no. There are more and more reports on the dangers of sitting too long, so even just getting up to walk to another room to eat is important, or better still, getting outside for some fresh air and a quick walk can do wonders for the body and spirit.
Eat. Don’t try to be a hero and starve yourself for the sake of being a hard worker or checking off another “to-do” item. You’ll pay for it later when you can’t concentrate and throw your body off balance.
Enjoy your food. Lunch should be about having lunch. Treat yourself to something you enjoy that fits with your diet. If you have a favorite place or a particular food you enjoy make sure to go and enjoy it at least once a week. You only live once.
Do what you can’t do in the morning or evening. Some errands—like going to the Post Office or the bank—must be handled during work hours. Be strategic and use your lunch break to accomplish some of those personal errands that can’t be handled before or after work.