Don't Wait


If you’re feeling stuck in a not-so-satisfying relationship with work, Gretchen Rubin offers up the Labor Day holiday as a time to rethink what it is you really want.

What do you want to accomplish in your upcoming year of work? ... It could be something as big as switching careers or something as mundane as cleaning out your desk.
— Gretchen Rubin, author and expert on happiness, good habits, and human nature

I think this is a great idea. AND...I have no idea what I want to accomplish in my upcoming year of work. 

What I’m confident I can rethink, though, is what I want to do with lunch: make my food a little bit better for me, and act on something that matters personally even when the day feels out-of-control busy. This tiny oasis of happiness and satisfaction I know I can build for myself gives me a better shot at clarity. And clarity is what I’ll need to figure out what I truly want to say I’ve accomplished by next Labor Day.

Are you rethinking your workday lunch break? If you need help, I’m here.

The bell rings—ready or not.

Believe it or not, lunch and boxing have a lot common. For example:

The bell at the beginning of a boxing round rings and the fight starts whether you’re ready for it or not. But it also ends—ready or not. People seem to think that “saved by the bell” is a good thing and that the boxer must ALWAYS be ready to be done. But if you’re winning, you may not want the fight to end. If you’re losing, you may want just a little more time to turn things around.

Personally, I don’t want to be at the end of my life’s rounds wondering why I didn’t start fighting as soon as the bell rang and I had the chance, or sad that my time is up before I could do whatever it is that I needed to do to win. The bell’s not going to wait for any of us.

Use your lunch today to do that thing or be that person you want to be. Don’t wait.

There's never a wrong time to start.

The thing about lunch is that it happens whether you’re intentional about it or not. So there’s never a wrong time to start. It’s not about creating the perfect lunch. It’s about a better one, and that can happen anytime.

But if you’re a person who likes to start at what feels like a “clean slate” point in time, today is both Monday AND the first day of the month. If you’re not already using your 15+15 for you, what’s your excuse? Start today.