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It’s Good to Eat Alone


It’s Good to Eat Alone

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I usually eat alone because that's time I take to process challenges encountered in the morning and come up with afternoon solutions (hopefully). When I have lunch with workmates it's usually a distracting 2 hour affair that causes me to stay later in the evening, which I don't want to do. However, I do enjoy a Friday long lunch to catch-up on the happenings of the week.


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I pretty much always eat alone, and use the opportunity to do non-work-related web browsing whenever possible!
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It depends :-)

Usually I don't eat alone, but sometimes when I have lots of work to do I eat alone.
Or when I have to surf the net or make some phone calls.


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As often as possible. I don't like it if people interrupt lunch time. I like to surf the net for the latest footy news or read Kindle books on my iPhone.
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I either eat alone browsing the news - keeping up with politics, football (soccer for Americans) and cricket, as a young family means I cannot do this at home, or nip out for a swim, gym session or game of squash (my preference).

Maybe I might go a little over the hour for sporting purposes but I think it is well worth an extra half hour in the evening to avoid being sedentary all day. Though I do cycle to work and often go to the gym in the morning too. I think my employer gets good value for me being healthy and fit - the time spent really recharges the mind IMO - though maybe it is just me!
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Having been in this business over 3 decades, and having worked for both large corporate organizations and medium sized ones, I still have never cracked one mystery about lunch...

Like most techies I am either eating at my desk while working, or indeed like you Andy, reading a book or magazine while I down yet another salad (to keep my doctor happy...)

So here's the mystery... Why is time for Sales and Marketing guys different from those of us in the tech arena? If a techie goes to lunch for "an hour", he/she is back usually within the hour. But if a Sales and Marketing guy (or guys) go to lunch for "an hour", they leave at Noon and return at about 3:00 PM.
Is there some great tear in the fabric of time and space? Do Sales and Marketing guys hunt for their food, cook it, and then devour it? Do their watches stop when they are outside the office?

In all these years the only hint I have at what is really going on comes from a time when I was out picking up the pizza for the tech staff and I happened to notice a gang of our Sales and Marketing guys who had "gone to lunch" - and actually were at the driving range blasting golf balls into the netherworld.

Oh, and thats another mystery I have never resolved... What does playing golf or driving golf balls have to do with successfully selling software? My theory? You line up the clients, slap a few golf balls and hopefully hit a few clients in the head - thereby making the sale easier as the client stands there dazed and confused. I suppose this is just the fabric of mankind: Ug the caveman found a cavewoman by whacking her in the head (apparently), and we have simply carried on that sometimes-successful strategy to this day.

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For 4 years I went home and had lunch with my wife most of the time. The last 6 weeks, I've been "required" to be away from my desk for 30 minutes at lunch. Since the weather is good I usually go sit outside to eat and then read using the kindle app on my phone or call my wife to see how things are going at home. With my current position I'd rather eat at my desk and leave early, but it isn't an option. Since I'm a contractor paid hourly I don't go out to eat with co-workers because I don't want to have to stay later to make up for the long lunch. I'd rather be home with my wife and kids.



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Typically I eat alone and browse online news/sports. It's a quick break from work. Occassionally I'll eat with others but that usually takes longer and distracts me more from work than eating alone.
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For me, eating alone is the safest choice, and for a couple of reasons:

- I keep costs down by bringing my lunch
- I stay away from 'clothing-optional' waitstaff-type places that my co-workers seem to gravitate towards like little boys in the treehouse with nudie mags

At my age (40-something) I find that a power-nap down in the parking lot after eating helps me to maximize my work-life balance, giving me a re-charge going into after-hours, be it for evening family time or home maintenance/improvement. No matter what happens, you'll never regret too much time with family once the kids are grown.
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