Working from home: Lunch break productivity boosters

If you’re somebody who struggles with productivity when working from home, these lunchtime activities might help.  

The last year has seen a record number of UK professionals swap the office for remote working, and while some find this works well for them, others struggle to stay motivated beyond the formal workplace. 

If you find it hard to focus when you’re working from home, it could be time to put your lunch break to good use. This is especially the case if you’re somebody who works through lunch – or stays at their computer, at least – and then finds themselves suffering an afternoon slump. While you may think you’re getting more work done by skipping your lunch break, it can lead to you feeling more stressed, less focused and less creative throughout the day. 

To boost your productivity levels, here are a few things you could try in your lunch hour that will leave you feeling recharged and inspired. 

Eat

This might sound like an obvious one, but a surprising number of people skip meals when they’re busy! This can lead to low blood sugar levels that cause a slump in energy and ability to focus. Make sure you take a break and eat something nutritious that will fuel your body and mind for the rest of the day. When working from home, it’s much easier to whip up something healthy, so take advantage of having your kitchen in easy reach.

Go for a walk

If your job involves sitting at a desk for most of the day, it’s important that you grab every opportunity you get to be active. Take 30 minutes to go for a walk and enjoy some fresh air. This could just be a stroll around the block, but if you have a green space nearby, even better. Going for a walk is great for clearing your mind, and being among nature has been proven to reduce stress and improve mental wellbeing. You’ll sit back down at your computer feeling calm and ready to tackle the rest of the day.    

Connect with someone 

Working from home for long periods can feel isolating at times, especially if you live alone. Use your lunch hour to connect with a loved one, whether this be via a quick message exchange, phone call or even a stroll around the park together. This is sure to improve your mood and your attitude towards your work.  

Fit in a quick workout 

One of the perks of working from home is that you can squeeze exercise into your lunch break without the stress of having to look your best afterwards. YouTube is full of free workout videos that are ideal for doing at home or at the local park, from quick, intense HIIT workouts to energising yoga flows. Exercise offers lots of cognitive benefits, such as improved concentration, enhanced creativity and lower stress, making it the perfect lunch break activity. 

Tidy the house

Not only does a tidy environment make for a tidy mind, but the actual act of cleaning can be incredibly meditative. It’s the kind of task that can be achieved without requiring too much brain power and allows your mind to wander. What’s more, a recent study by Currys PC World found that you could burn as many as 160 calories during half an hour of vacuuming the house – so it’s a workout too. And if you pop some music on, you can even enjoy some of your favourite songs at the same time. You’ll be amazed at how uplifted you feel after! 

Rest

Sometimes, after a busy morning, all you feel like doing is resting – and that’s more than alright. Listen to your body and use the time to unwind in whatever way suits you, whether it be kicking back on the sofa or having a soak in the bath. Try to avoid screens during this time to give your eyes a break from blue light, as prolonged exposure can cause eye strain and tiredness. 

Hopefully, this has given you some inspiration for how to use your lunch break to your advantage. By taking a breather, it’s likely you’ll find your afternoon is much more productive for it!

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