How to get more things done in the office? Eating lunch earlier than usual has a few benefits and van help you to boost your productivity:
#1: Eating lunch at the same time every day is healthier than eating at random times. People who eat at random times have higher blood pressure. Modern life might not make it easy to eat lunch every day at 11AM but if we stick with it, we gain more time and a healthier body.
#2: No waiting at the cashier, no queuing. If we eat at 11AM for example in the office canteen, you will see that there is no-one around. Because everyone is used to eat lunch at 12PM or later. You will save at least 20 minutes that you could use for a refreshing walk.
#3: You will work more effectively. If we eat lunch from 11.00AM to 11.30AM, it means everyone else is still working and attending meetings. But when we return at 11.35AM, everyone will start to prepare to go to grab some food and will be off in 20 minutes to join the massive lines in the kitchen or canteen, leaving us time from 11.50AM to 13.00PM to be able to focus on our work without any disruptions. If there are no people around us – especially in an open office environment – we are able to focus and get our tasks done in a much shorter time. There won’t be any people coming over asking questions, nor will be any background noise or buzz that would put off our focus from work.
How to protect your unusual lunch time?
Plan it in your agenda (create a time block and set it as out of office in your email calendar), so other people would not request a meeting with you on the exact time because they will know your are not available. If they request a meeting anyway, you could let them know to reschedule.
I started having lunch at 11AM since four years already and my colleagues were looking at me strange. It did not take a lot of time for them to understand the true value of it.