I have recently gotten into a habit of working through lunch to get more work done. Those who know me know that I like to get things done…and done right. I figured the hour I spent finding food could be better spent doing something “productive” at work. That is, until I was sitting at work during lunch one day and looked out of the office window.

What I saw was a city full of life. People were walking, talking, enjoying themselves. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t miserable at work. Quite the contrary. I have plenty of people with whom I can “do lunch.” Also, at any point in time, I’m reading up to three books that keep me occupied. That day, I decided to grab one of my books and hit a local Chinese restaraunt.

I took the long way that day (the restaurante is literally across the street from my job) by walking around the block first. When I got there, I sat down and did somehing that I hardly ever do – relax. It was so nice to sit down and literally worry about nothing. Of course, I had to force myself not to try to think of some solutions for work, but once I did, it was very nice.

I went back to work much more rejuvenated and got more work done in a shorter period of time. Seeing that I had nothing to lose and all to gain, I decided, at that point, never to deny myself lunch again, one of those simple pleasures worth indulging.