How do you spend your lunch hour every day? I usually take a walk outside some days to see the working class hustle to purchase lunch. They exit their office still wearing their cardigans and sweaters and are make crucial choices. They venture to either a food court or a food establishment to decide. They look at the menus and check their purses and wallets. They take out their cellphones and idly scroll through their social media feeds. They then stand in line, wait their turn and approach the cashier and or server. Their colleagues may be at the same establishment or at another. They purchase their food and of course a drink and feel excited about their taste buds coming into contact with their purchase. The food may be consumed at the eating establishment if seats are provided or the employee may return to the office. The employee makes his way to his desk or to the lunchroom, holding the styrofoam container and beverage bottle. The smart phone is placed on the table and he or she indulges in the food.
Imagine doing this with your lunch hour everyday for the next 5 years. It is true that you are entitled to your lunch hour and you may spend it as you please. But is there a way that you can invest your lunch hour in yourself? My best friend told me that he spends his lunch time looking for lunch, everyday. He told me that he had a certain personal task to complete that would lead to significant personal development, but it was difficult to do during the working day. I suggested that he make use of his lunch hour, but he told me he was busy finding lunch.
From a financial point of view, money that could have been otherwise saved or invested is spent on purchasing lunch each day. Every time that you buy lunch, you pay with a $100 bill. By the end of the week, $500 has been spent on food for lunch alone; this does not take into consideration money spent on breakfast and dinner.
In terms of time management, an hour a day is a terrible thing to waste. I am not in anyway advocating that you work during your lunch hour for your employer. What I am suggesting is that you work on your dream during your lunch hour. Guard your time, it is your life. Every second counts. If you find that you still have a lot of work to do at the end of the working day, then consider analysing everything that you do during the day.
Reasons why I dislike buying lunch:
Food is expensive;
I do not know what ingredients are being used;
I do not know who is preparing the food;
I do not want to spend my lunch time thinking about what food to
Regardless of the food that I consume, it will exit my body in the same manner and hopefully, colour.
A good approach is to put your food in the microwave while you use the facilities to relieve yourself. That should take about 3 minutes, then you return to the kitchen and eat for 15 minutes. Naturally, this means that you have to walk with your lunch from home. It does not have to be anything elaborate, it can be simple. You can steam broccoli and carrots in a pot and chunky veges for lunch. You can make a sandwich, pack a beverage and a snack or fruit for dessert. Whatever you consume at lunch time, will leave your body in the same manner. Then you can return to your desk and read about that idea that you conceptualized and research what has already been done on the topic. The question is now, how will you spend your lunch hour ?
About the author:
The author is a lawyer in Trinidad who specialises in Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism.
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