South University Online students quickly learn that it's helpful to sneak in a quick study period whenever they can find a free moment, and lunch hour seems to be a popular time to hit the books. In "A Field Guide to Obnoxious Eating," a recent Wall Street Journal article notes that more than half of the modern workforce eats lunch at their desk at least once day per week. This seems sensible for your situation. Eating lunch at your desk can allow you to make sure you’re keeping up with your school assignments while taking a break from your normal workday.
While many choose to eat their lunch at their desks, few seem to consider what they’re eating or how it might impact their co-workers. Imagine that you’re sitting in your cubicle minding your own business when you catch a whiff of something that smells like a cross between a wet gym sock and a dead fish. To your neighbor, it might be a culinary masterpiece, but you’re likely to think otherwise.
Alternatively, what if you were to bring something a bit messier for lunch one day such as your leftover Taco Soup? You’re deeply engrossed in your assignment as you slowly ladle the hot soup into your mouth when…Oops! Your soup has spilled all over your keyboard. What you had planned to be a productive (and nourishing) lunch hour has now turned into a time to clean up the giant mess you’ve just made. This seems a bit counterproductive, no?
From smelly food to some of the messier types, maybe eating lunch at your desk doesn’t sound like the best idea now. It doesn’t have to be a total disaster though, if you keep the following tips in mind:
- Leave the odorous foods at home. Put yourself in the shoes of those sitting around you. Sure, an egg salad sandwich has always been your favorite, but would you like to smell it if you weren’t the one eating it?
- Keep a safe distance between your hardware and your food. It’s fine to complete schoolwork from your desk (unless, of course, your boss frowns upon such practices), but don’t put yourself in a situation where you might accidentally spill.
- Stay focused, but not too focused. Decide that morning or the night before which assignments you want to make some progress on during your lunch hour. Make sure you’ll be able to provide adequate attention to your schoolwork without comprising your regular on-the-job tasks.