One of my most favorite memories of working for my former employer was the Lunch Club some friends and I established. It really came out of each of us having an enjoyment for cooking and eating great food! It started with a few of us who worked together on the same program team and then expanded to about 12 people. We met once a month in a conference room for a potluck. Each month had a different food theme, which we organized with an excel sign up sheet to bring items like appetizers, the main course, and dessert. The cool thing about this club was that we were so diverse, yet we had the commonality of the love of food. The group ranged from young women engineers in their 20’s to men in their 50’s. Our meetings established wonderful and diverse relationships, as the best relationship building is done over a shared meal!
Fondly reflecting back on Lunch Club reminds me that lunchtime is one of the most opportune times to work on networking and fostering your own personal development.
Here are some tips on how to make the best of your lunch hour every day!
- Start a lunch club! Find others at your work or outside your office if you telecommute that would be interesting to meet with once a month. Create themes and make it fun!
- Go out to lunch with someone inspiring once a week. This can be a leader in your company, someone who would be a good mentor for you, or someone who has a position at your company or another that you would be interested in. Relationship building is important for success and lunchtime is the best time to build a relationship!
- Read intentional content. This could be a book or professional magazine (I highly recommend Success magazine).
- Exercise. Yoga or walking is a great way to de-stress and relax in the middle of the day. When my company offered yoga during lunch once a week, it was the highlight of my week!
- Write in a journal. This could be a personal journal or professional journal. Getting your thoughts out rather than keeping them cooped up inside you help free your mind to focus on work.
I invite you to enjoy your lunch hour! What do you do to make your lunch hour intentional?