Many people lead very busy lives, running from work to various activities to home every day. For some of us, weekends become a time for running errands and catching up on chores.
One way to avoid some of the weekend catch-up is to use your lunch break each day to run some of your errands, allowing more free time on the weekend.
To make sure that you utilize your free time, check out the free time app for your iPhone. By entering meetings and other obligations, your phone will help you find blocks of free time.
If you have an hour lunch, as many workers do, here are 10 ways you can spend your lunch break. Many of these ideas can even work with a 30 minute lunch break.
Some of these ideas will help you capture more time on the weekend, some will help improve your health and some will just let you escape from work.
Meet a friend for lunch. This might sound like a pretty obvious choice, but many of us don't plan ahead to make lunch dates with friends happen. Make your plans ahead of time and put the date on your calendar to make it happen.
Take a walk and gain a fresh outlook. Walking is great exercise and a good way to feel refreshed. By walking outdoors, you will also enjoy nature.
Pick up groceries. Find a grocery store that's close to your job and learn the layout of the aisles. This will allow you to run in, pick up what you need and get back to work on time.
Pay your bills. Allow yourself part of your lunch break once or twice a month to pay bills. This is one task you really don't want to save for the weekend.
Write a letter or card to a friend or relative. Keep a selection of birthday and all purpose cards at work so you're ready to spend a few minutes keeping up with friends living far away.
Go to the dollar store or other discount store. You can find lots of great buys at discount stores including home decor items, gifts for kids or grandkids, pet treats, school supplies and more.
Balance your checkbook or bank account. Whether you use a checkbook or online banking, it can save you time and money to keep up with your bank balance.
Run home and start dinner. If you live close to where you work, take your lunch break at home. While you're there, start a pot of soup or spaghetti sauce in the crockpot. This will save you time when you get home from work.
Read a book. Keep a paperback or library book at work or bring one from home once a week. You'll find that the escape from real life will refresh you.
Go to the gym for a workout. Many gyms offer 30-minute workout plans. If you don't belong to a gym, now's the time to join.
Instead of eating lunch at your desk, consider using the time to improve your health or save time. By choosing one of these ideas each day, you can add free time to your schedule later.