Dining at Your Desk

Dining at Your Desk

8 Reasons to Make it a Dining Don’t

Eating lunch at your desk happens to the best of us – we’re slammed with projects, there’s a meeting in the break room and it’s cold or wet outside. In fact 50% of people who work in offices eat regularly at their desk.

While it’s convenient, eating at your desk is a habit you may consider breaking. Organize Anything has 8 reasons why you should mix up your lunchtime routine.

1. Breaks are beneficial. Sitting at your desk for 8 hours straight does nothing for your productivity. Even getting up and walking to the break room will increase your mental stimulation and increase your output for the day.

2.  Etiquette at work matters. Consider your cubicle-mates. No one wants to listen to you crunch down on your salad or smell the garlicky leftover pasta from last night. Don’t have a lunch room? Don’t fret, find a quiet corner and eat elsewhere.

3. Better Thinking. Often inspiration hits in the most unusual places, and if you’ve been sitting at your desk staring at your computer screen trying to write the last paragraph of the annual report you know just what we mean. By running out for lunch or taking a walk around the office will force your brain to switch gears and you may be inspired!

4. Face time creates collaboration. Use lunch to get to know your co-workers. You share an office with them; why not forge friendships as well? Lunch time chats help build moral and a sense of teamwork amongst your colleagues.

5. Fresh air and daylight rejuvenates. Take advantage of beautiful weather and pop outside to eat your lunch. Even if you’re just sitting on a bench in the parking lot, you’re getting all the benefits of fresh air and sunshine. It’ll rejuvenate you for the second half of the day.

6. Avoid mindless eating. If you keep snacks in your workspace, you can fall victim to mindless snacking. Handfuls of easy-to-eat snacks disappear while you’re spending long hours at your desk. Cut down on the calories and promote intentional snack and meal breaks.

7. Escape from the germs. Did you know that the surface of your desk is 600 times dirtier than a toilet? If that’s not enough to put you off your lunch, eating at your desk can also expose you to all the germs that are floating around the office. The intern who’s carrying the flu just dropped off a pile of paperwork on your desk on top of your lunch bag. Think about it.
8. It’s good for business. If you’re feeling refreshed, creative and productive after lunch you’re boosting business. Your colleagues will notice and so will customers. No one wants to deal with an unfocused employee.

Break the habit by aiming to eat somewhere other than your desk at least once a week if you’re normally someone who works through lunch. You’ll be amazed the difference it makes.


About Organize Anything

Colette is a Gold Leaf member of the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC). Through the Canadian Redesign Association (CRDA) she has received the designation of Certified Interior Redesigner. She is also a member of the U.S. professional organizing associations National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) where she has the Golden Circle distinction and is a member of Intsitute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD) where she is the first in Canada to receive her Certified Professional Organizer –CD (Chronic Disorganization) ®, ADD and CD specialist Certificates. Among her many distinctions she has also earned Level I certificates of study in Chronic disorganization (CD), Basic Mental Health Conditions, Learning Styles and Modalities, Basic ADD Issues, Physical Conditions, Client Administration and Understanding the Needs of Elderly.

Posted on July 8, 2014, in Office, Productivity and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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