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3 Reasons Not to Eat at Your Desk

Posted by Matthew Benton on 08.25.2017

eating at your deskA while back, the New York Times Magazine focused on an unhealthy habit that many of us are guilty of: eating at our desks.

Sometimes carving out a proper lunch break feels impossible. According to the article, 62 percent of professionals say they typically eat lunch at their desks.

Eating at your desk is tempting, especially when your schedule has a mind of its own. But here are three reasons why you shouldn’t do it.

Reason #1: You’ll end up sitting for too long.

If nothing else, getting up from your desk to have a proper lunch encourages you to move. Sitting for prolonged periods is unhealthy.

Reason #2: You won’t have a chance to decompress.

We think we’re being super productive when we power through lunch, but it can lead to fatigue and end up hurting productivity in the long run. Eating at your desk also isolates you from your coworkers.

Reason #3: You’ll tend to snack throughout the day.

If you keep snack food in your desk drawer, you’re not alone. Eating lunch at your desk only reinforces a bad habit. And employers who provide unlimited snack food (yes, you, Google!) aren’t helping matters!

What can you do?

Next week, try to schedule at least 30 minutes for lunch away from your desk. Encourage your employees to do the same. If you must, add it to your Outlook calendar. You’ll return to work¬†with a clearer mind and your¬†afternoon will be more productive than ever.

1 Comment

  1. Mary Beth Albertini

    July 20th, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Great advice. I am guilty! Also, appreciate the brevity of your post. Short and sweet, yet helpful!


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