I was reading an interesting article the other day about whether mandatory lunch breaks should be introduced.
It seems that more and more people are not taking time away from the office for their lunch and are choosing to stay at their desks and continue working. The article argued that taking some time out at lunch can increase productivity in the afternoon and having a good lunch had greater benefits than rushing to eat fast food.
Another article I read along the same theme talked about ‘deskfast’, the new trend where people eat their breakfast at their desks. Deskfast is being blamed for a fall in cereal sales as many people opt for breakfast foods that are easy to eat at their desks, such as cereal bars, pastries and breakfast biscuits.
It seems quite sad that for some people two out of three meals every weekday are eaten at desks, but I can see why people are deciding to stay at their desks during these times of austerity. It’s easier and more economical to bring in your own food and eat it at your desk rather than go out and spend money eating in a cafe or a restaurant.
I try my best to eat my lunch out of the office so that I can have a bit of a break from my computer screen and read a book. It does make the day go by a bit faster when you get out rather than stay glued to your swivel chair for your lunch hour.
One of my favourite quotes about lunch is by the author Aldous Huxley: “A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will’s freedom after it”. I couldn’t agree more with that quote – the morning could have been long and arduous but at least when you come back after a nice lunch you will have gained a bit of perspective and there’ll only be a few hours left of the working day!