Is taking a lunch break lost time and opportunity? Having bites of your sandwich while you check your email and prepare for a meeting? This should be so much more effective than taking a lunch break than it has become branded as the way to show management and colleagues you are dedicated, effective and super-performant. But is it performant?
NOT taking a lunch breaks is costly – According to work done by The Human performance Institute and other well-known work performance organizations, NOT taking a lunch break costs you 40% of your afternoon (and evening) performance.
What works – The 20-minute lunch break that improves performance by 40% includes: eating a P&P lunch: protein-rich and produce-rich. And walking outdoors in daylight for at least 10 minutes.
Why does it work? Taking even a short, 20 minutes lunch break allows you to:
- Step back and see the big picture – reassess your day’s priorities, so you focus on what counts
- Get fresh air
- Get natural daylight
- Fuel your energy
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