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Desk Lunching – A Tell-Tale Sign of Workaholics

Updated on June 12, 2012
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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:

  • Deadlines
  • 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.

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.


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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi there MargaritaEden,

      I'm glad you found the hub useful. every office has an employee or two who does this. We need to remind them to take abreak and rest. Thanks for sharing. See you around.

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      MargaritaEden 6 years ago from Oregon

      This is very useful, interesting and practical, I know a few people who needs to read this :) I am sharing it!

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Great Millionaire Tips, We should never forget to give ourselves a break. A few minutes away from stress can do a lot of good. Thanks for dropping by and sharing.

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello Redberry Sky,

      It's just sad that some people actually fail to take care of themselves. Thanks for dropping by and sharing.

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      Redberry Sky 6 years ago

      Definitely agree with you - 8 or 9 hours sitting at a desk is bad enough, but if you don't even get out for a break and a walk and some proper food, it's a nightmare!

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      I used to take a lunch at my desk all the time. I agree with you, that it is a time to recharge, and walk away from the office. Now I take a walk around the building. It makes a big difference in my energy and attitude when I come back.

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi Angela, have a great lunch lol

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      Angela Brummer 6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      You are welcome! Thank you for the great hub!

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi Angela Brummer,

      What is important is to get our minds off of work for a few minutes and just relax. If hubbing relaxes you then by all means hub away. Lunch is a great time since all employees have a particular time to take a break. I appreciate the visit and thanks for sharing.

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello charmike4,

      Nice to see you again. It's really great if you get the chance to go out more. Many are tied to their desk like it's their entire life. Although it may seem like this for some, It's important to know that we all need to set time for ourselves.

      I do hope more people try to destress even with just getting up and eating lunch somewhere else.

      Thanks for the visit and the kind gfesture of voting up and sharing.

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi there michememe,

      We do need time for ourselves. Lunch time is such a great time to connect with friends and enjoy a quiet moment alone. In any case, treat yourelf to a stress-free moment. Thanks for visiting and the vote up.

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello wrenfrost56 ,

      Take the time time to unplug from work. This will allow you to destress. I hope everything works out well. Have a great day.

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      Angela Brummer 6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Great article I am sharing! What about eating lunch while hubbing what does that say?

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      Michael Kromwyk 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      I think I am one of the desk lunchers jpcmc! But while I am at my desk I usually check my personal emails and read the paper for the 15 mins or so that it takes to eat my lunch. Some days I do try to get out of the office for a quick walk, but this is rare.

      With my role I have the opportunity to get out of the office a lot, so I either go to visit a shop or jump on a plane somewhere at least once a week to get that time away from the desk.

      Thanks for the article, voted up and shared and let's hope that more people take your advice! Cheers Michael

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      Miche Wro 6 years ago

      I am so guilty of this! Until one day after a meeting, I realized I gave my job way to much of me. I made it my busniess to go to lunch every day from that moment on. You need time away from it all. I also noticed I never knew what the weather was like because I was couped up in an office all day long. I know others who can benefit from this. Voted up.

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      wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K.

      I am a self confessed desk luncher and I will definately be putting your helpful suggestions to good use. I can't actually remember the last time I went out to eat with one of my friends, well over due I think. :)


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