Tuesday, August 23, 2011

How To Be Productive At Lunch (Yes, You Need To Eat!)

This is a guest blog post provided by international productivity expert Neen James

Many attorneys no longer have a leisurely ‘lunch hour’, it is more like a crammed ‘lunch 5 minutes’ sitting at our computers or pouring over a Blackberry. You will increase your productivity in the afternoon by at least 25% if you get out of the firm.  

Reach out – decide to use this time to catch up with a friend, invite a new client to lunch, or call a family member.

Get out – enjoy the weather, take your lunch to a park, or try a new café. Invest a few minutes outside so that you can remove yourself from your environment and then clear your head, it helps you get more done in the afternoon I promise.

Work out – many people claim they don’t have time to exercise but invest in yourself and your health by spending your lunch break taking a walk or try a new class at a gym close to your firm. Use the middle of the day to increase your energy and watch your afternoon energy sky rocket.

Clean out – if you decide to stay at the firm during your lunch break, decide to clean up your computer and sort your electronic files, delete old unnecessary emails, clear off your desk and wipe down all surfaces. Use this time to clean up and you will feel lighter and more organized for the rest of the day… and week!

Chill out – lunch breaks are designed in the middle of the day to enjoy a few moments to replenish your body and energy. Use this time to laugh with a colleague, sit in the sun and take in some vitamin D, experiment by trying a new food, breathe deeply, or take a walk. 

By applying these 5 strategies you will feel more in control and your personal productivity will skyrocket!

Neen James, MBA, is a productivity expert: by looking at how they spend their time and energy – and where they focus their attention – Neen helps attorneys rocket-charge their productivity and performance.  A dynamic speaker and author, Neen demonstrates how boosting your productivity can help you achieve amazing things. With her unique voice, sense of fun and common-sense, Neen delivers a powerful lesson in productivity. Subscribe to Neen’s free monthly E-zine at http://www.neenjames.com.

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