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Why You Shouldn’t Work Through Lunch

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Rebecca is a newlywed and an aspiring fiction author that got her start in content creation five years ago with her beauty and lifestyle based blog and YouTube channel.

I feel like it should be common sense to not work through lunch (or multitask by eating your lunch at your desk) yet I still fall into this trap. Why? We have all been hard wired into thinking multitasking will help us get more done. It really doesn’t. Yet it still feels like it will. Also, I’m multitasking right now. Bad Rebecca!

So in order to motivate myself and you guys to not work through lunch or multitask during your lunch, I have a few factoids to share with you.

Buffer has shared 8 lifehacks to maximize your lunch break and none of them include working through lunch or multitasking, in fact it features the opposite idea. They have sourced research that suggests that when you solely focus on eating, not only do you digest your food better but you also experience a more mindful experience that afterward leaves you more productive. That sounds amazing if you ask me.

Entrepreneur also shares that if you eat your lunch outside in nature, you are able to more effectively combat work-day fatigue and experience better stress recovery. I’ve shared previously 5 stress relieving tips for remote workers that may also help in this regard.

Last but certainly not least, you owe yourself a break. I could list dozens of studies that share this fact: Taking breaks will not only make you more productive but it will also help your mental psyche. You just need a break.

AsapSCIENCE actually has a video all on the science of productivity that suggests taking a 15-20 minute break every 90 minutes is the most efficient way to stay motivated. This may not be the easiest schedule to follow depending on what kind of remote job you have but it’s something to keep in mind. Oh, and they also talk about how you shouldn’t multitask.

So, let’s try to break this horrible working through lunch habit and give ourselves what we really need —  a break. Your body and mind will thank you.

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