Do you take long, leisurely lunches? Most people don’t:
A new study shows that our lunch “hours” are more like 25 minutes, and often just 8 minute breaks. As such, we’re eating more “grab-and-go foods” from grocery stores at our desks…and restaurants are feeling the pain. More than a third of the $182 billion industry comes from lunch sales. But since 2000, the total growth for restaurant lunches has been under $1 billion. Sandwich joints are apparently in danger of going under, while desk jockeys load up on self-serve deli products (up 7.2%), fresh produce (up 12.9%), and bottled water (up 17.8%).
If you work from home, it might seem like a waste of time to lunch away from your computer — especially if it involves the overhead of driving to a restaurant. Think of the benefits, though. You might clear your head, get some new ideas, refresh your motivation. You could even meet up physically with another human being!
That said, my lunch habit is to cook a Lean Cuisine frozen entree in the microwave — my favorites these days are Swedish Meatballs or a Chicken Club Panini — and take a ten-minute break to eat while I read the morning newspaper. For me, that’s enough time away from my work online and I don’t even have to change out of my slippers.
What are your lunch habits? Eat at your desk, take a walk outside, meet someone at a restaurant?