Have you ever encountered your boss at McDonald’s with a sloppy stain on his shirt? Probably not. (If yes: where do you work?) For everyone else we have gathered 6 pointers from successful people that will make our jobs (and lives!) so much easier – and will turn us into over-achievers in no time.
Planning is half the battle.
Come on, didn’t we already establish in our last tutorial that scarfing down some fast food is more than unhealthy? Because: Successful people know that one should plan one’s lunch hours just as well as any other work appointments. And that doesn’t mean that you should schedule your meetings during your lunch or that you should work through it – no, it means that you should use the hour to sit down calmly and enjoy your delicious meal. After all: We don’t make our appointments last minute, do we? So, why would we rush to McDonald’s last minute and get some quick fix? Let’s make our nutritious lunch at home the day before – or at least plan ahead of time and know what delicious meal we will be having the next day.
Away we go.
He who sits at the computer all day commits voluntarily to staying in a prison he has made for himself. Yes, sure, this important presentation needs to get done for tomorrow and, of course, it needs to be perfect. But even if you still have a lot on your plate, it sometimes is just better to take a break than to torture yourself and work through it. So, get out of the office and into beautiful nature! The change of scenery will freshen your body and soul and provide you with enough energy for the rest of the day. You need a break but still want to feel productive? Then how about you just work off your personal to-do-list – for example, by making that totally overdue phone call to your mom!
So, when was the last time you have averted your gaze from your beloved computer screen? Or even turned off your phone? Right, that’s what I thought. But hey, we all feel the same way! As soon as we’re not available 24/7, we feel isolated from the rest of the world. And successful people couldn’t possibly allow themselves to shut everything down and be isolated, right? But yes, they can! Just putting down all our devices for an hour during lunch provides us with more concentration and peace of mind, allows us to rest our eyes and helps us to work even harder after lunch. You still want to educate yourself in your free time? Try reading the newspaper (but not online!) or escaping into a suspenseful novel.
Work hard, play hard.
If you’ve seen the film “The Wolf of Wall Street,” you know that one can definitely overindulge in this commandment. But in moderation a little fun during our lunch hours can provide us with the necessary alternation as well as act as a reward for a successful morning. So, if you meet friends, hang out with your colleagues or make a trip to the beloved museum, you will reward yourself for your hard work and make sure that your afternoon will be just as productive. Also: He who fights through the workload during the day just to have fun after work, will ultimately memorize his job as a burden – and will be even less motivated to go to work the next day. A little hint from our runners: If you go for a short run during lunch, you will feel refreshed and be full of energy for the rest of the day!
Climb the ladder.
Who would have thought that successful people use their lunch hours to network? (You did? Good job!) While this probably seems reasonable to most of us, we all still have a lot of respect for this supreme event in the sport of “career-making.” Which is totally understandable: It’s hard enough to win anyone as a friend – and then it should be your boss or another authority figure? That’s why it’s important to break the networking down into little pieces and to set oneself the goal of meeting at least one new person for lunch per week. As you know: Practice makes perfect – but so do the exciting experiences and the career advice your boss has to offer.
Step back, please.
Don’t look back because you’re not going that way? I don’t think so! If you want to develop further and grow, you need to know your past mistakes and learn from them. Of course, one shouldn’t just keep wallowing in the past and missed opportunities either. That’s why we should use one lunch hour per week to take a step back and to judge our previous progress. A little evaluation helps us to not only keep track of thousands of to-do-lists but it also boosts our egos when we can finally check off some tasks. Not to mention the burst of inspiration we get for new projects and career opportunities!
So, you CEOs of the future, are you ready to become over-achievers? Let’s go!
Source: Business Insider: “13 Things Successful People Do During Their Lunch Hours” & Tumblr (GIFs)