What the heck happened to the lunch break?
I remember at one former job, I took one every day. I drove home (about 3 miles from the office), watched my story (Port Charles … I still miss it), and fixed me a sammich. Also, I gave my cats some love.
That seems like a million years ago. Lately, my once-sacred lunch hour has become overrun with work meetings. People just assume it’s part of the work day, and I’m expected to labor through.
Sure, they order lunch in. But don’t they know that a working mom’s lunch hour is the one hour of the day that (supposedly) belongs to her and her alone? I can meet friends if I want, hit the gym for a workout (ha!), do a little shopping, or just veg out at my desk and catch up on my blogs.
Please, coworkers. Give me my lunch break back. I need it. I really, really, really need it.
More thoughts on the lunch break
- How Much Does Work Bleed into the Rest of Your Life?: I’ve been thinking lately about how work is not a contained part of our lives—and how that can adversely affect our happiness and family time.
- Time Management Tips for Working Moms: Find tips on how to manage your time better as a busy working mom—including productive uses of your lunch hour.
- Working Mom Social Life: Kids can put a real crimp in your social life, eh? But it’s not impossible to have some fun even if you work. Here’s how to have a working mom social life.