How successful people spend their lunch break

Did you know that staying glued to your computer screen for hours on end hampers your job performance? Although your first reaction may be to put a hold on lunch to prepare for the next meeting and get through piles of emails, breaking away from your desk can increase your productivity.

Don’t believe us? Take a word out of some of the most successful people in the world.

Businesspeople having a lunch break.
Head out to lunch with others – Richard Branson

Whether it’s a lunch break with your colleagues at your office’s cafeteria or a catch up with an old friend at a new coffee shop, taking time out to do lunch with people can be very beneficial for your career. You’ll get time to bond with people you see day in and day out and may even get some insight into what they do.

Take Virgin Group billionaire, Richard Branson. He once used his lunch break to take out a competitor, allowing him to become friends with one of his biggest rivals. So if there’s a colleague you’d like to get to know better, don’t hesitate to invite him out for lunch. You never know what might come out of it.

Make time to exercise – Evan Williams

For Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, getting a workout during his least productive time of the day, ups his productivity levels. That time for Evan, and for many other people is during lunch.

If you find that you don’t have enough time to head to the gym, take some time out to go for a 20 minute walk or even do several desk stretches. You’ll be left feeling refreshed.

Take a nap – Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post has always been known for supporting getting enough sleep when needed – and not just after a long day at work.

So why not use your lunch hour to get a quick nap at work? Whether this means napping in your car or laying your head down at your office’s lunch room, a 20 minute nap can do wonders for your efficiency.

On your way to the top it’s always important to take some time out to recuperate. And if the most successful individuals out there can do so, what’s stopping you?