Whether you’ve already started your first business or you’re still working at your 9:00-to-5:00 job while you work toward your launch date, you know how precious your time is. Every successful entrepreneur on the planet has made more time in the day by stealing a few minutes here and there, and they’ve definitely worked through their lunch breaks on some of their best ideas and strategies. However, you might be surprised at some of the things that successful people do with this time. Check it out.

GET SOME EXERCISE

A healthy body promotes a healthy mind. You can often accomplish more in your afternoon work session if you take 30 minutes in the middle of the day to go for a walk, lift some weights, or squeeze in a little cardio. Doing this releases endorphins and makes you feel better. It also gives you time to clear your mind and refocus for the rest of the day. You may even get a couple of extra hours of good, focused work if you take off for 30 minutes to get some much-needed exercise.

TAKE A NAP

On the other hand, if you’ve been burning the candle at both ends to get your business off the ground, you might be just as well served by taking a 20- to 30-minute nap in the middle of the day. If you’re working from home, go ahead and stretch out in bed. If you’re at the office, you might want to go out to your car or find an empty meeting room (where you know no one has anything scheduled for the early afternoon). Lots of entrepreneurs do this to recharge their batteries for the afternoon so that they can get more done and feel more energetic throughout the rest of the day.

DO SOME NETWORKING AND BUILD RELATIONSHIPS

Instead of staying in the office to work at their desks, a lot of really successful entrepreneurs go out to lunch with their employees, partners, and other people in and around their industry. Successfully building a business and a brand is all about building relationships, and there’s no better way to do that than to break bread with people in your industry (or even just people in your company).

This is why successful entrepreneurs often use their lunch breaks to recharge and get things done that they otherwise wouldn't have time for.

GO GET SOME PERSONAL ERRANDS DONE

If you know you’re going to be working late on your business plan or that you’ll have to be in the office early to work on some plans with your partners, you might not have time to get the grocery shopping done, pick up the dry cleaning, or run other personal errands after work. Instead of stressing about when you can get that stuff done, go ahead and run those errands on your lunch break.

Even if they can’t get away and run all of the errands they need to get done while they’re at lunch, a lot of successful entrepreneurs will make to-do lists and organize the things they need to accomplish for their personal lives during their lunch breaks. Do this on Monday and you can plan how you can most effectively use your lunches for the rest of the week!

Did any of these surprise you? Did you think that you had to spend your lunch breaks sitting at your desk, cramming more work into your day to get it all done? Believe it or not, getting away, building relationships, and organizing your personal life are all really effective and efficient ways to spend your lunch break. Try out one or more of these this week!

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