Seven Business Growth Activities That You Can Do During Your Lunch Break
Apr 21 2016
Here are seven business growth activities that you can do during your lunch break to help boost your business’ productivity
- Clear your mind and have some fun: There is a reason why stress-balls were created and that is because workplaces are often extremely stressful places. Sitting or standing in one place for hours a day can be very demanding. So it’s a good idea to use your lunch break as a chance to get some air, clear your mind and maybe play some games like guitar hero, table tennis or billiards. Looking at the sky or water and having some fun and a laugh can be very relaxing. Also, maybe getting out and about might inspire you enough to find that perfect solution to the problem you’ve been pondering all morning.
- Take time to review your plans and thoughts for the day: Each morning at work can be quite intense and become even more hectic throughout the day. Therefore, it is crucial to find some time to review your thoughts and plans. Reflecting on your agenda for the rest of the day during your lunch break will help you keep track of your progress. This will allow you to efficiently and effectively manage the remaining business hours you have left to get your to-do list completed.
- Reflect on business plans: Many businesses are unknowingly in a cycle of repetition, where their new plans for the business originate from recycled ideas. This is why it is important to take some time during the day to trace back through your current plans and reflect on how they’ve evolved from your original ideas to see the growth. Also, check what you are actually doing to get to where you want to get to. What steps are we taking to get to our goals? You must also make yourself accountable and a great way to do that is to work with your advisers and you can catch up with them over lunch.
- Catch up with your clients: Maintaining a professional relationship with your clients is vital to any business, however, keeping personal relationships with clients is equally beneficial as well. Using your lunch break to catch up with clients in-person or over the phone, whether it’s to discuss business or even just on a personal level, will help keep your connection with them stronger because you and your business will be seen as approachable and relatable. Life and business is all about building, maintaining and enhancing long term relationships.
- Familiarise yourself with what’s new in your field of business: Since most lunch breaks run from anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour, some of this time can be used to research and familiarise yourself with what’s new and trending in your industry. Staying up-to-date with what is fresh and popular in your field will help you strategise new and creative ways to set your business apart from competitors. Change is the only constant and we should be looking at the changes that are occurring in our space. The key to understand is that “whatever made us successful in the past will not in the future” as Lew Platt the ex CEO of HP put it.
- Get to know your employees on a personal level: Creating and maintaining a solid relationship with your employees will be very beneficial for your business in the long-run. Engaging with your employees on a personal level can create fantastic morale within the team, making them feel valued and appreciated, and understanding that they actually have a life outside of the workplace. Use your lunch break to quickly catch up with the team and perhaps even surprise them with a box of chocolates, muffins or doughnuts as a sweet way to say thank you for all of their hard work. It is important to understand that most processes between businesses are similar just like one aeroplane is very similar to another aeroplane. What differentiates one business from the other is it’s people and the interactions your people have with your clients/customers and prospective clients/customers.
- Network with other professionals in your industry: Meeting up with other experts in your field over lunch will broaden your knowledge and expand your horizons, as you never know when a connection can benefit everyone involved.