For many people, the 24 hours they have each day is still not enough time to accomplish everything on their to-do list. Time management is not only an issue in everyday life but in businesses as well. Every day, business owners are faced with the challenge about how to manage their time efficiently.
For most businesses, lunch breaks are obviously used as a time for eating or drinking and a chance to get away from work. What most businesses don’t know is that the use of lunch breaks is just as vital as the use of normal business hours. Lunch breaks, no matter how short or long they are, can be an invaluable time to help improve your business.
Here are seven business accelerating activities that you can do during your lunch break to help boost your business’ productivity:
- Clear your mind and meditate
There is a reason why stress-balls were created to be conveniently used in an office environment; and that is because workplaces are often extremely stressful situations. Sitting or standing in one place for hours a day can be very demanding. So it’s a good idea to use your lunch break as a chance to get some air, clear your mind and meditate. Looking at the sky or water can be very relaxing, and who knows, maybe getting out and about might finally inspire you enough to find that perfect solution to the problem you’ve been pondering all morning.
- Take time to review your plans and thoughts for the day.
The morning time in an office environment can be quite intense and become even more hectic throughout the day, therefore, it is crucial to find a time to review your thoughts and plans. Reflecting on your agenda for the rest of the day during your lunch break will help you keep track of your progress. This will allow you to efficiently and effectively manage the remaining business hours you have left to get your to-do list completed.
- Reflect on business plans.
Many businesses are unknowingly in a cycle of repetition, where their new plans for the business originate from recycled ideas. This is why it is important to take some time during the day to trace back through your current plans and reflect on how they’ve evolved from your original ideas to see the growth.
- Catch up with your clients.
Maintaining a professional relationship with your clients is vital to any business, however, keeping personal relationships with clients is equally beneficial as well. Using your lunch break to catch up with clients in-person or over the phone, whether it’s to discuss business or even just on a personal level, will help keep your connection with them stronger because you and your business will be seen as approachable and relatable.
- Familiarise yourself with what’s new and trending in your field of business.
Since most lunch breaks run from anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour, some of this time can be used to research and familiarise yourself with what’s new and trending in your industry. Staying up-to-date with what is fresh and popular in your field will help you strategise new and creative ways to set your business apart from competitors.
- Get to know your employees on a personal level.
Creating and maintaining a solid relationship with your employees will be very beneficial for your business in the long-run. Engaging with your employees on personal level creates fantastic moral within the team, making them feel valued and appreciated, and understanding that they actually have a life outside of the workplace. Use your lunch break to quickly catch up with the team and perhaps even surprise them with a box of cupcakes or doughnuts as a sweet way to say thank you for all of their hard work.
- Network with other professionals in your industry.
Have you ever heard of the phrase; keep your friends close and your enemies closer? In business, those friends and enemies can be your competitors, which is why it’s important to network with other professionals who are in the same industry. Meeting up with other experts in your field over lunch will broaden your knowledge and expand your horizons, as you never know when a connection can come in useful.