The other day I was reading Oprah’s newsletter about “Take Back Your Lunch”. The article asks “does your lunch break look more like a picnic or five minutes at your desk while checking email?”
This article started me thinking that mine was the five minutes at my desk answering email, setting appointments, writing articles, etc. What had happened to my lunch hour when I really did take a brake and spent the time eating a healthy lunch and doing something for me in self care? When did I buy back into that I needed to do more to reach my goals instead of working from my Inspired Action List?
That afternoon I was meeting a client for work lunch when I decided I was going to try something new today. We took the time for lunch first talking about things that really mattered to them. When we started our coaching we did not feel rushed or interrupted by the waiter which made the session go a lot smoother. As we were finishing our session the client remarked they enjoyed this new experiment of lunch before coaching.
When I returned home I was working on my reflection coaching notes when I discovered I had just modeled new behavior with my client. I got out my Inspired Action List and added a lunch hour to my goals to make sure I have a lunch hour everyday for myself and not work.
What are you willing to change to have a lunch hour again, just for you?