How I Spend my Lunch Break at Work


I try to bring my lunch to work as often as possible. This way when I do go out for lunch I can justify going somewhere a little nicer or getting coffee and/or dessert too. But, becasue I usually bring my lunch I tend to eat in my office. I close my door and turn off my lights and read, or watch Netflix, or work on blog posts, while I eat.


My door has a pretty big window that I am not allowed to cover, so I have a huge problem with people coming into my office to ask me questions while I'm at lunch. I used to be nice about it and answer their questions quickly, but as I learn to pay attention to my needs and set boundaries I have had to straight up say "No, I'm at lunch, come back later". People might think this is mean, but I can't keep working through my break. This is when I recharge, convince myself that the future will hopefully be fine, and probably have a quick cry, if I'm being honest.

Sometimes I put up a sign like above or lock the door and ignore people that knock, but it is so frustrating and it makes me feel so mean. I need to make a pretty sign that I can laminate or something that is a decent size and will cover most of the window, but I just haven't decided on what it should say. I would love to put "GO AWAY!!!" but that might be a little too strong.


Do you eat in your office at work? How do you get people to leave you alone so you can eat and reread Harry Potter in peace?

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  1. This is such a good idea!! The downfall of bringing my lunch is that I never really take an hour. I love saving money and it makes me eat a little healthier but I sometimes really miss getting out of the office.

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    1. For a tiny minute I thought about eating outside at one of the tables we have, becasue then I could still read and use the wifi, but it's just too dang hot and I'm too pale. I don't want to have to bring sunscreen for my lunch break. So a sign it is.

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  2. This is great not just for you, but for others too. For some things, having to wait to ask something may help them realize they don't actually need you for that particular thing after all. So it's empowering for others and helps them grow! Not "mean" at all :)

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    1. This is why I love you! Maybe my next sign will be a positive reminder to keep a growth mindset. Look at all these nice, happy thoughts, who am I?!

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