Unfortunately if I do that I have to work an extra half hour. Confession time. I don’t really pay attention during staff meetings or office one on ones. The kind of work I do means that somebody understands what I do. I just have to get accurate data to the next guy on time and nobody understand what he does either. I really have nothing to do with anybody else’s work in the office so generally nothing is discussed in these meetings that pertain to me. One day the Human Resources manager pointed out to me that I had taken a one hour lunch when I was only entitled to a half hour. Huh! When did that change? Like a year ago. Luckily I rarely take lunch at all and I put in a lot of unpaid overtime so the matter was dropped.
Don’t get me wrong my employer does give me a bunch of perks that other companies would never give me. But, well now that it’s gone I want it back!
I really do need to start taking a break and at least getting some real air at some point during the day. The office does get to be the land of the sleepy by 2PM. I could stand to get outside, get some chores done, get a little exercise, and maybe stimulate the mind. I am downtown in a big city so there are often activities going on in my area during lunch designed to attract the business set. Once spring comes I’ll even have a farmers market which I have never visited.
Usually the only time I walk away from my desk now is if I have a problem I can’t solve or I can’t concentrate. When that happens I do go for a quick walk or I sit outside or in the building lobby and people watch. Usually my guilt over walking away gets me back in the office before I have had a chance to get any effective de-stressing done. It’s a start. Hopefully I can build on that.
Anyway I am sure many of you know what I am talking about. Many of us do need to consider taking a break or two and some of us could start listening during meetings instead of day dreaming!