The Life & Whimsies of Knitty Lou

Making The Most Of A Lunch Hour

Posted on: July 14, 2011

So, I really have nothing of super-importance to blog about today, but I do have something to say. So often, I will speak to someone about a novel recommendation, or about a really good film. I may encourage someone to pick up knitting or crocheting. And so frequently their response is, “I just don’t have time”. That has always really irked me seeing as I work, have a 3yr. old, have a husband, and dance twice a week. Yet, I still seem to have to time to read a book every week and to knit and crochet. So, today I decided to share how I manage those things. Life is too short, and if all people do is work and come home and watch T.V. then it is a very non-enriched life. Here’s one of my secrets to ensure time for personal hobbies and interests.

*Pack your lunch and embrace your lunch hour. So let’s face it. Most of us have jobs of some kind, and whether it’s in an office or at home, there is always at least an hour in which one can have some time to themself. Use this time for those important but easily pushed aside things that you enjoy so much.

If a person reads a page a minute, once you deduct the approximate 10 minutes that it may take to eat your already packed and prepared lunch, that devours 50 pages of a book in a single lunch hour. Seeing as the average novel is around 300 pages, a person could reasonably finish an entire novel in 6 working days. A book in about a week!

If a person knits 1 row per minute on a baby hat, then a baby hat could be completed in 2 lunch hours.

If a person pops a DVD into their desk computer, then they can watch an average length movie in two lunch hours.

Kind of amazing isn’t it?

Now. Here’s the kicker. If you combine hobbies, you can complete even more. For example, on a usual work day, I can be found drinking my soup lunch, watching a favorite chick-flick (which my husband definitely appreciates me doing when I’m not at home lol), and knitting. Triple the rewards in the same amount of time 🙂

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Now I realize that this might be a bit extreme in the beginning, but with dedication, you too can be a successful hobbyist!

And while this is enjoyable for the hobbyist, I believe that it also improves the person’s morale throughout the day. Prior to lunch, that person will be in good mood looking forward to this hour. Then, after lunch, this person will be in a good mood because they had a wonderful and enjoyable break in the middle of the day. It’s a win win.

And just to plant another little idea… Imagine what you could do with audiobooks in the car during your commute or bathroom/ cigarette breaks. Just a thought.

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1 Response to "Making The Most Of A Lunch Hour"

You’re so awesome!
Keep the ideas coming!

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