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Lunch? Who has time for it?

By CaptBilly1Eye ·
The old adage; "There never seems to be enough hours in the day" sometimes feels like the curse that can't be exorcised from IT or Tech Support. With good time management skills, you can increase efficiency and reduce the stress caused by being overloaded. But, no matter how good you are at planning, scheduling and delegating, there are too many times when you feel pulled in too many directions.
The good side of being wanted and valuable may be job security, but the down side is you may find yourself unable to catch a breath and ultimately stressed-out.

I don't know about you, but I find if I don't allow myself to take a pause now and then, my patience erodes Big Time.
I insist that I can take a one hour break mid-day and I take that lunch break outside of the building. I even turn off my phone. That way, no one can interrupt for a perceived emergency. There are others available who can handle things in the interim. This is my way to re-energize, collect thoughts and maintain sanity. ...or maybe I'm just being selfish.

My previous employer would only allow 30 minutes for lunch and made no allowances for any other breaks during the day. As far as they were concerned, when you were on-site, you were on the clock and therefore expected to be producing. ...this even though I was a salaried employee. I have to say, that was one of the major reasons I left that company.

What do you think? Do you take a break during the day? How do you spend it? Is it important? Vital?

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by w2ktechman In reply to Lunch? Who has time for i ...

Or I might just go off on someone.....

I actually eat at my desk often, and even with food in my mouth people come up to me and start with "sorry to interrupt your lunch" for a perceived emergency.
then they just continue.
However, I do take smoke breaks often enough, else I get stressed.
Coming up on a 3 day meeting though -- ughh.
No idea how I'll survive it....

If you read a story this week about a maniac that killed 20,000 people trying to get out of a meeting for a smoke, think Aha! Scummy :^0

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"Sorry to interrupt your lunch."

by santeewelding In reply to Vital!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...

"I'm in charge of sorry. Get lost."

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Sometimes I would love to say it, however

by w2ktechman In reply to "Sorry to interrupt your ...

I need to hear them out in case it is a real emergency. In not, I tell them I'll get to it when I can. Then I continue eating...

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Just answer with a mouthful of sandwich

by Oz_Media In reply to Sometimes I would love to ...

Make sure there are a lot of P's F's and S's in your reply, so as to spit food all over them. ]:)

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Damn you, Oz!

by santeewelding In reply to Just answer with a mouthf ...

That was going to be my next line...

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"Not sorry enough to not do it, though...."

by jdclyde In reply to "Sorry to interrupt your ...

Must not have been so sorry after all, huh?

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20,000 people trying to get out of a meeting for a smoke

by Oz_Media In reply to Vital!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...

"...20,000 people trying to get out of a meeting for a smoke"

What is it a smokers convention? Thought it was funny, that sentence reads two ways. :)

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Good Catch!

by w2ktechman In reply to 20,000 people trying to g ...

but the 'other' meaning was intended.. Thanks for the laugh!

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In insist on it now

by Oz_Media In reply to Lunch? Who has time for i ...

First of all its law, so the company can't say boo. I used to work endlessly day in day out, and hated it. When my health started to suffer, was losing weight, pale and gaunt looking, dizzy spells and just plain old feeling like crap, I started to realize NOBODY is worth my health, well other than family and those I would donate my heart to while still living.

I worked for an employer where I started early and left late, salaried and not compensated but it was by choice and I didn't want anything for my extra time.

The first time I was late, they threatened to dock pay, so I threw some provincial law at them and told them to **** off.
After that I took lunch from 12:00-1:00 everyday without fail. I wouldn't give them a minute of my time for free.

I found that not only did it break up the day, but I got just as much done by being fresher in the afternoon than when I simply droned on and on all day.

Now, even with a great deal, I take my lunch everyday and make it a good one. I always get out of the office, drive somewhere nice that's still close by (the river, a view of the mountains, the marina etc) and meet with a friend to ***** about the day for an hour.

I get back to work refreshed and the day is a lot easier and seems shorter, plus I am fatter and much more content looking these days.
Gotta start running with the horses on the weekend I think.
When managing people I force them to go for lunch, NOTHING at ANY company is so implortant it can't wait an hour while someone takes care of themselves.

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Finally, something we agree on.

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to In insist on it now

Having a full hour break is mandatory in my book.

I say that after dealing with a half hour lunch for two years when I first started in the computer biz. That wasn't even enough time to go anywhere outside the building to eat. By the time I'd place an order, it was just about time to leave. Ridiculous!

Lately, I'll admit, sometimes all it takes is going out to the car, turning on the radio, havin' a few smokes, and catching a few Zs. A short nap is often the attitude adjuster needed to cope with the remainder of the day.

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