I was listening to someone talk about how they fear they have programmed their child to be busy.
They shoot from one enchanting activity to another and when they get home they are all zonked.
The other friend told her to calm down and do less and also to calm down and stop beating herself up about parenting.
Good parents want their children to be active, have the chance to do things and get a good start in life.
I am the opposite, well of the being busy – not the giving my child a start in life.
It has taken me a lifetime so far to work this out, and most of that working out has come since I have been directly plugged into the coworking community.
I always used to eat on the go, eat at my desk, eat on the phone, eat the phone and eat the desk.
These days I thrive by snacking on avocados every few hours, the only washing up is the spoon and a knife so I don't contribute to 'a sink full of mugs'.
However, when it comes to lunch I sit down with whoever is there and in the community space of where ever I am.
Abandon all devices
It is always tempting to take a magazine, laptop or mobile device to lunch and pretend that I am doing something.
Taking a friend to lunch or encouraging other coworking friends to eat in the communal space it great for connecting.
I have run hundreds of networking events over the last ten years and they certainly have their value. The best networking I have ever done is sitting around the table in my coworking space.
I did not have to prepare a pitch, schedule a follow-up call or send a substitute.
I did not need business cards either (that is another blog)
Less is more
Doing less has enabled me to do more eating and more colouring in, this has slowed my brain down, reduced anxiety and over time has built up a solid clarity around my work, purpose and of course productivity.
So the takeaway here for you is to slow down and make space, and of course eat lunch away from your workstation!