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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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I take my full hour each day

by maecuff In reply to I get an hour and I take ...

Sometimes a few minutes longer. Okay, most days it's a few minutes longer. I get in early, though, so it works out.

I'm lucky enough to live close to home, so I go home for lunch. It's become a ritual for my older son and I to hang out at our koi pond and look at the fish during my lunch hour.

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I can't get home but I can walk to here

by neilb@uk In reply to I take my full hour each ...

and eat my sandwiches. How could I not?
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Awesome!

by maecuff In reply to I can't get home but I ca ...

If I stayed in for lunch, I could walk out to the parking lot and look to my left. There's a church with a lake in front of it and a gigantic Jesus rising out of the lake with his arms stretched toward the sky. My husband and I refer to it as the bifurcated jesus as only his upper half is visible.

Okay...I did a search. Here's a picture

http://www.solidrockchurch.org/king_ofkings.php

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As is your Jesus

by neilb@uk In reply to Awesome!

My problem is that I thought that Jesus walked on top of water. Here he's got it wrong and sunk.

Loved the website! Along with the 62' statue, on-line tithes, TV Channel and a shopping page. We don't have many churches like that over here.

We'd never put the statue up in case it might upset someone.

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My 10 year old

by maecuff In reply to As is your Jesus

Thinks it would be funny to put a big godzilla statue on the other side of the lake.

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There is even a song about it.....

by jdclyde In reply to As is your Jesus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq01UYiMyHg

http://www.imeem.com/sudiegirl/music/QtqyXBb_/big_butter_jesus/


same song, depending on what you can get at work.

B-)

Song by the genius of Haywood Banks.

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My second husband

by maecuff In reply to There is even a song abou ...

loved Haywood Banks. Blech.

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Looks like a good day....

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to I can't get home but I ca ...

.... to call in sick and go fishing.
:-)

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I take my hour every day

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

When I have a place to plug in the laptop, I'm on TR and checking the news.

(Yes, I know it has a battery, but it's six years old and will drain the battery in 45 minutes with the wireless card inserted. A replacement battery costs almost $100 at Batteries Plus and corporate won't let me expense it because my six-year-old laptop will be replaced before the end of the year.)

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Lunch hour is my hour.

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

I generally handle this by setting ground rules and often I eat off site or close my office door. During that time I only respond to emergencies. I generally take my lunch at the least busiest time of the day where most people are out to lunch anyways to minimize the likelihood of being interrupted. When someone, usually the self-absorbed type who think the world work around them, asks me to do something that is non-emergency; I politely tell them I am eating lunch and will gladly help them when I'm through.

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