Remind yourself to stop eating lunch in front of the computer
You may feel like you’re increasing productivity by getting udon delivered to the office and slurping at your desk during the lunch hour. It’s more likely that you’re just refreshing Twitter every thirty seconds and flavoring your keyboard with umami. And you’re not doing your body any favors by barely moving from your seated position all day.
The Pomodoro Technique, a time-management system that breaks up tasks into 25-minute chunks, forces you to take a breather for a few minutes while focusing your attention on the work at hand. You can get any number of free Pomodoro Technique apps for your OS. Or just set your phone’s timer. Since you know the clock is ticking, you’re able to stay focused, knowing a bit of rest and distraction is never far away. Conveniently, 25 minutes is about as long as you should sit for a single period anyway. After the fourth session, it’s time to take a longer break to clear your head. Go for a walk!
Though your lunch hour may be closer to a half-hour, don't be afraid to explore. When time is at a premium, it's more important than ever to spend some on yourself. Instead of following a computer's calculations to save 27 feet of travel to your local salad spot, find the path that looks best in midday lighting, or passes by the bakery that makes the road smell like fresh bread. The joy is in the journey.
Practice the art of indirect travel by taking a couple of deliberate detours. The Sanpellegrino® Sparkling Fruit Beverages Delightways app will lead you to curated points of interest along your journey to enhance your adventure beyond the beaten path. Go ahead and take the scenic route. You won't only have a better lunch, you'll have a better story to tell.
By actually leaving the office and finding a calm spot -- whether it’s a bench at a local metropark or the bookstore café a few blocks away -- you’ll get a little bit of exercise and likely return to your workstation with a renewed sense of focus. A solution to that project might be just a venue-change away.