Bernard Sanders, candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States and the incumbent junior United States senator from Vermont, might be going back to his desk job. He might be sad about that. Especially if he goes back to a sad desk lunch, which happens to be one of my weirdest and favorite blogs – saddesklunch.com.
What is Sad Desk Lunch? As the web site itself explains, “Sad Desk Lunch isn’t about how great your lunch is. And it’s not about how crappy your lunch is either. It’s about the fact you eat your lunch at your desk during your lunch break where you could roam free. Step outside. Breathe a little. Americans have a tendency never to take their lunch break and sit around, munch on their sandwich or carefully homemade bento box, at their desk.”
What does this have to do with talent development and time management? A whole lot!
The opportunity for a break rarely surfaces unless you schedule it.
It has been proven that taking a break from work task (like 15-minutes) can have a positive effect on a person’s productivity on the job. Do you schedule regular breaks? Or do you just take them if the opportunity arises. Well, guess what? The opportunity for a break rarely surfaces unless you schedule it.
I crack up when I see people’s calendars jammed with back-to-back appointments the entire day. Whatever happened to bathroom breaks? Really? You hold it all day? Why don’t you just Invite Kidney Infection over for a night cap and get it over with already?
Sad Desk Lunch is a good reminder to take 15 minutes to get refreshed so that you are better equipped to tackle the job at hand. So, Bernie, no matter what happens, make sure to take your well-deserved breaks. After all, you must need to face-plant in the john after what you’ve gone through this year.