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Taking a Lunch

Saw the thread asking if we're able to detach on a vacation, but I wanted to take it a step further.


How many of you are actually able to take a lunch and detach for an hour in the day?


I feel if you give yourself something to do (ie. work out, go for a walk) you're definitely more apt to commit to it.


Personally, I find myself delaying my lunch until it's about 2-3pm and then it's just too late.


I end up taking lunch probably twice a week and even then I'm usually only away from my desk for 20-30 minutes.


Curious how others operate!

Lunch?
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beachNsales
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
our company's head of culture and people gets mad at us if we dont block a lunch break on our calendars. She also encourages us to go offline during it. Its been a nice change from my previous company.ย 
slaydie
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
ย Wow - what a dream!
BigCheese
Arsonist
+8
Agency Recruiter
I had a company do this but it was because they told us if we worked through lunch, theyโ€™d have to pay us, and wanted to avoid that - I thought that was super weird, because Iโ€™d gladly work through lunch unpaid when I need to, rather than fall behind.ย 
beachNsales
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
Don't get me wrong, if I get a call from a prospect during lunch, I usually take it. I don't respond to emails or slack though. They only expect us to work 7 hours each day and we are able to make our own hours as long we get our work done. I know this is not normal. Needless to say they have developed a great culture and loyalty.ย 
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southernfriedsales
Opinionated
+8
Senior AE & Business Owner
IN SALES?!
beachNsales
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
its a startup. I know its a rarity.ย 
BigMeech
WR Officer
+11
Coors Light Advocate
I have a calendar block every day for lunch, but that almost always gets booked over. I normally run to the kitchen, make something quick, and run back.ย 
BigCheese
Arsonist
+8
Agency Recruiter
Sounds about right. Iโ€™ve mastered the 2 minute sandwich.ย 
CadenceCombat
Tycoon
+13
Account Executive
Iโ€™m all over the place with lunch.

Often, I skip it entirely so I donโ€™t have to break focus.
BigCheese
Arsonist
+8
Agency Recruiter
Same here. Thatโ€™s me on most days. Rather eat something light at my desk than voluntarily fall out of the groove Iโ€™m in.ย 
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
Love to run on my lunch break! Such a nice midday detox for myself
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
That's coolโœŒ๏ธ
MMMGood
Celebrated Contributor
+10
Senior Account Executive
I try to detach...but am rarely successful. Thatโ€™s when I do take lunch in general.ย 
BigCheese
Arsonist
+8
Agency Recruiter
Fair enough - hard to detach when youโ€™re thinking about everything youโ€™re about to do in an hour. Props to those who can!
1nbatopshotfan
Politicker
+5
Senior Director, Enterprise Technology
Lunch is more โ€œshoving food in my face and hoping no one callsโ€ than it is a moment to step away and enjoy something.ย 
BigCheese
Arsonist
+8
Agency Recruiter
Furiously chewing while the phone rings so you can catch it before it goes to voicemail lol yup been there.ย 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
I try to run an errand to make myself pull away, but I often end up making a grilled cheese and munching in front of the computer.
BigCheese
Arsonist
+8
Agency Recruiter
When you say errand, do you mean like go hit the store to pick something up? Feel like physically detaching yourself is a good way to mentally detach. Smart and productive at the same time!
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
Yes I'll run to the grocery store, beer cave, lunch quickie, pick up dry cleaning, pay the water bill...you know, errands ๐ŸฆŠ
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slaydie
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
I'm always in front of the computer eating something. It's when I go through my newsletters and random internal emails/slacks. I'd love to get in a better habit of doing something though and actually unplugging!ย 
BigCheese
Arsonist
+8
Agency Recruiter
Yeah I need to get better at that too. Work-life balance is tough for me.ย 
Coffeesforclosers
Notable Contributor
+11
Director Sales and Market Development
I attempt to block out lunch time and after for a workout and to transition the kids back into their afternoon of remote learning when they come back from their morning pod, doesnt always work and i shift a lot of things around but try to consistently get away for 30-60 all 5 days a week for mental wellness
BigCheese
Arsonist
+8
Agency Recruiter
I donโ€™t have kids so I canโ€™t fully relate - but that sounds like it forces you to take that break. Props to you for managing both!
sahil
Notorious Answer
+13
Deepak Chopra of Sales
TBH I find it refreshing to eat in front of the comp and get done with "routine" shit like responding to emails/slack vs. the more thoughtful work. Helps me clear out the day so I can focus on things like bath time w/ the baby! :)
BigCheese
Arsonist
+8
Agency Recruiter
Chill out for a sec, but still working - I like it. Good way to stay productive yet still take a step back!
DadFather
Politicker
+5
Enterprise Account Executive
Normally eat lunch as quick as possible (10 min or less) and get back into it.ย 

i try to take a mid morning or mid afternoon break to walk & grab coffee or something to get out for 20-30 minutesย 
BigCheese
Arsonist
+8
Agency Recruiter
I'll do something similar at times. Super quick lunch (or none) and take a short break to hit the ping pong table with a coworker! Get the blood flowing!
Allisce
Opinionated
+2
Account Executive
now that I'm working from home I really enjoy running errands during lunch,ย 
BigCheese
Arsonist
+8
Agency Recruiter
Awesome way to get away from work and still get stuff done. I'm going to start doing that. Never really thought about it before!
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