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Desk Lunching – A Tell-Tale Sign of Workaholics
Who me, a workaholic? I'd rather work than attend to this nonsense.
It’s one thing to go on over times and stay up late to finish work. However, there are those who just can’t get away from work even during lunch breaks. Desk lunching can be an indication that you are sacrificing your personal time for work a tad more than needed.
There were times when I packed lunch and gobbled it up in seconds and went straight back to work. Yes, I eat at my desk from time to time. Although the HR and Admin departments have been all over me for not eating in the pantry, I still find excuses for eating at my desk. But desk lunching is a tell-tale sign of workaholism.
So who does desk lunching? Well, if your company allows you to eat at your cubicle chances are you’ve done this. Reasons from professionalism to sanitation down to avoiding the wreaking smell of garlic in the office makes eating at the desk prohibited. Don’t get me wrong I love garlic and I love working. But there are instances when eating becomes a biological chore that gets in the way of work. If you feel this way, then there is a huge problem!
Common excuses for desk lunching:
- Too much work to do
- No time to eat
- Don’t like cafeteria or canteen food
- Cheaper to pack lunch
- Waiting for an important online reply
- Waiting for a phone call
- Waiting for something other than the two mentioned above
Excuses for desk lunching abounds. Moreover, it blindly gives logic to something more dubious. Workaholics always find a reason to work. But lunch is an important part of the day. So don’t pass up the opportunity.
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Importance of lunch:
- Nutrition and sustenance
- Time to slow down and recharge
- Talk to co-workers
- Do quick chores out of the office
- Get a power nap at the pantry (or the wash room LOL)
How do you avoid desk lunching
Organize your day and your work. Many workaholics argue the lack of time or the amount of work for skipping lunch or desk lunching. All it takes is a few minutes of sorting through the day’s work and prioritizing.
Make a reservation outside. OK, this may not be a sound strategy on a regular basis but it does give you a reason to go out.
Invite friends out to lunch. Or better yet have yourself get invited out to lunch. How to do this is another matter. I’m sure there are lots of articles out there that can give you an idea. But the fact is this is a good way to avoid desk lunching.
Set time to rest after lunch. Whether it’s a power nap or just staring into the boss’s office door take this time just to detach your self from work.
Take a quick walk. Lunch time can be your power walk time. Similarly, this can be your leisure walk around the block. It is a quick energy booster to pump some endorphins into your system or it can be your stress-busting activity for the day. However you choose to walk, make sure you get your thoughts away from work.
The truth is you may have to do some desk lunching from time to time whether willingly or otherwise. But when this becomes a habit, you lose out on spending quality time for yourself. Do not overwork yourself lest you’ll find your self all maxed out and spent.
Before desk lunching becomes a habit take the hint and change your activities at once.