How do you spend your lunch hour? When I’m not eating, meditating, or walking, I like to blog. In fact, I’ve been able to organize my afternoon break time to be a lean, mean, productive blogging machine.
Bring lunch from home. Not only will you save time and money, but you’ll reduce the stress that surrounds indecision of what to get and rushing around to get back to work on time.
Eating is for eating. Set aside a portion of your lunch hour to do what it was designed for – eating. Uni-tasking is the new multi-tasking, and it’s much better to do one thing at a time and do it well.
Stay technology free. I like to use lunch time to be untethered from gadgets and gizmos. This helps avoid distractions and gives you a true “break” from the daily grind which already has plenty of tech time built in. I’m old school, even writing many posts with pen and paper.
Plan ahead. You should head into your lunch hour already knowing what you want to blog about. I keep a running list of blog ideas that I am constantly updating when inspiration strikes. Print out any necessary research.
Set (loose) Goals. Give yourself a mission to accomplish when utilizing your lunch hour, but don’t beat yourself up if you fall short. After all, this is YOUR time to relax.
Wear headphones. I love to write while listening to music, but even if you don’t, I recommend wearing headphones. Think of them as a personal do-not-disturb sign hanging from your head. Blogging is work that deserves the same unadulterated attention you would give to “regular” work.
These “rules” might not work for everyone, but I’ve been able to leverage them to produce an additional 10 blog posts a month…including this one! No go find yourself a freelance blogging gig!
Please share any tips you have to maximize your lunch hour for blogging in the comments section below.
Author: Andrew G. Rosen
After working for FOX News and MTV Networks, Andrew G. Rosen founded Jobacle.com, a career advice and employment news blog. He is also the author of The Exit Guide: How to Leave a Job the Right Way.