​Great Wake Up Blog: Week #36

What is it this week? Spending time away from our desks? Perish the thought...

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What is it this week? Spending time away from our desks? Perish the thought...

We all spend too much at our desks, and a lot of us don't even take our full lunch breaks, thanks to the incessant phones ringing, emails pinging, and general life intruding on what should be a solid hour of downtime. I don't really take my full lunch hour, unless I drag myself away from my desk and to the pool, so the opportunity to expand this to a full week's worth of exploration was intriguing, if nothing else.

When you spend a lot of time in front of your desk - full disclosure, when it's cold or I can't be bothered, I do watch YouTube and BBC iPlayer and do social media-y stuff on my lunch break, so I'm a terrible role model - it can be monotonous and invading. Being 'forced' to take my lunch break away from my desk was interesting.

I read in coffee shops, I went for a swim at the workplace gym a couple of times, I explored a library and found a couple of very interesting books, and I even sat in a field for twenty minutes talking to a colleague and getting onto cloudgazing. It was a surreal, wonderful week of lunchtimes - and while I think I'll always enjoy spending it a bit technologically (so much to watch, so little time), it definitely doesn't harm to break out of the routine, and to literally stop and smell the flowers on your lunch hour.


Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
over 5 years ago
Fantastic, glad it felt good to be away from the desk. Nice one. C x
Go to the profile of Fiona Dolben
over 5 years ago
Sounds like your week was lovely... I hope you got a lot out of it :)