How to Use Your Lunch Break to Boost Productivity When Working from Home

Working from home? If so, you’d be forgiven for suffering the occasional productivity slump. While remote working comes with many benefits, from flexibility to improved work-life balance, being in your home environment can be distracting and uninspiring.

If you can relate to this, it’s time for you to harness your lunch hour. Many skip their lunch break to counteract any time lost to lapses in motivation, but by doing this, your productivity is likely to suffer more later in the day. Here are a few things you can do at lunchtime to leave you feeling recharged.

Get outside

Living and working in the same environment every day doesn’t exactly rouse creativity. So, make good use of your lunch break and get out of the house. If you have a green space nearby, enjoy a leisurely stroll among nature. Going for a walk isn’t just great for your physical health but being around trees and greenery has been proven to reduce stress and boost your mood. If you haven’t got a park nearby, no worries, a simple change of scenery should do the trick!  

Have a chat with someone you care about

Working from home for long periods can feel isolating at times, particularly if you live alone or are the only one at home during the day. Take a break from your screen at lunch to catch up with a loved one. You’re sure to feel uplifted and in a more positive headspace after connecting with somebody you care about. This could be a phone call, message exchange, or even a walk together if you live nearby.

Eat something nutritious

This probably goes without saying, but your lunch break is there for…well…lunch! You’d be surprised how many people skip a meal in order to tick another item off their to-do list, but it’s important that you eat to fuel your body and your mind. By skipping lunch you’re putting yourself at risk of hitting an afternoon energy slump, which won’t do you any favors workwise. Plus, with your kitchen mere steps away, there’s no excuse not to whip up something healthy and satisfying!

Release some endorphins

Unless you’ve got an important cameras-on meeting after lunch, your lunch break could be the perfect time to break a sweat. A recent study by Currys PC World found that 1 in 5 people admit they’ve been less active since the pandemic began, so it’s important to fit exercise in when you can. It’s crucial for your physical health, and also releases mood boosting hormones called endorphins and is proven to improve concentration and enhance creativity. YouTube has thousands of free workout videos that are easy to follow at home, including HIIT workouts, yoga and even dance, so you’re bound to find something that suits you.

Get cleaning

This may not sound particularly exciting but cleaning your home can work wonders for helping you reset for the rest of the day. A tidy environment makes for a tidy mind, after all! Not only will you likely feel more relaxed with less clutter around you, but the act of cleaning can be meditative, too. Simply allow your mind to wander as you get cleaning or pop your favorite album on and get lost in the music.

Do nothing at all

Sometimes, if you’ve had a busy or stressful start to the day, all you want to do is kick back and relax at lunchtime. And that’s more than ok! In fact, it’s encouraged if that’s what you feel will benefit you best. Grab some lunch and take a break to simply chill out. You’re sure to get back to your computer feeling refreshed and more motivated afterwards.

All breaks from work are beneficial, but to really get your productivity juices flowing, why not try some of these ideas on the list? You’re destined to feel the difference!

Sophie Deering is a freelance copywriter with an interest in health and fitness, business and productivity.


Erin shows overscheduled, overwhelmed women how to do less so that they can achieve more. Traditional productivity books—written by men—barely touch the tangle of cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list. How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.

27 Responses to How to Use Your Lunch Break to Boost Productivity When Working from Home

  1. Lucy Will says:

    Great suggestions. Thanks for sharing these amazing posts with us. I think we can also include some tea/ coffee breaks in this list. It can improve someone’s productivity and reduce stress as well.

  2. Ernest K. Watson says:

    I ran a one-person consulting business for several decades. Unless I were meeting with a client, I would often be alone for the entire day if I hadn’t taken a break every now and then. I frequented several nearby independently owned coffee shops. Chatted up the baristas. Asked about their college studies. A nice break. But nothing topped visiting a nearby strip club.

  3. Keetti says:

    Thank you for the discussion. It was very important to me. I’ve drawn conclusions for myself. You helped me make a decision.

  4. Johnny says:

    Amazing tips. Thanks for sharing this. This is something I really need to know. I will try following some of these tips to boost my productivity.

  5. Amazing tips. I have a hectic schedule and sometimes I don’t time for a break. So sometimes all I need to is break from my work, and just sit with a cup of coffee, and enjoying life.

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  12. Milky Floor says:

    Yeah, outsourcing work is cool, but it is pretty difficult to do not make pauses all the time you working

  13. Balance Blind says:

    That’s true. You are always can distract when you are at home

  14. Slevin Kelevra says:

    Thank you very much for such useful information. To be honest, at first I was very happy that I can now work at home, but now I’m just dying of boredom at home. I want to see people, dress up, go out. I’m always at home in my pajamas and working. I would really like to go out to work in the office, but my husband is calmer when I’m at home. Well, it seems to me that in such a case, you can install some Ajax or get a dog, and not me to guard the house. But okay, I’ll try to entertain myself with your advice.

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