What did you do on your lunch break today? Cram a sandwich down your throat with one hand whilst tapping out an email with the other?
If so, you’re not necessarily doing your creativity or productivity (not to mention your digestion) any favours – and you’re not alone. Only 17% of Brits take a full hour for lunch, with a third of us eating at our desks and 40% picking up work calls or emails. According to experts, staying in the same environment inside all day inhibits creativity.
The most productive people spend 25% of their working day just chilling out. That means work for 52 minutes, then break for 17 minutes. What should you do on these breaks? Psychology professor Kimberly Elsbach recommends “just going outside and taking a walk around the block,” and says “that in itself is really restorative.” But we think we can help you make even better use of that precious lunch hour. Here’s how!