Today, the high-tech workplace is a very busy place, so why am I suggesting doing lunch?
There are plenty of reasons. First is: You need time to refresh if you expect to keep your energy up. Next is: You need to meet other people.
Years ago, someone suggested that in order to build your career, you need to go out to lunch every business day. As a techie, that may not work. But, you should go out and have lunch with someone 2-3 times in an average week.
Lunch with who? Personal and business people in some reasonable mix. If you are trying to find a life partner, the business day lunch is worthwhile, as you get to see each other on a normal day basis. You can get some insights into the person. If you are meeting a personal friend, that is great too.
You need other lunches to meet people who may have a positive impact on your career. Here are some examples: Sales people from favored vendors. Hey they might even buy, and you get the latest information from them. What about members from professional societies? This could be a way to keep up-to-date with your industry.
For an interesting point of view on doing lunch, check out Chapter 29 of Don't Worry, Make Money: Spiritual and Practical Ways to Create Abundance and More Fun in Your Life, where author Richard Carlson suggests getting a group together with a brown-bag lunch from your workplace, and visiting a nice park, for example. There are many ways to be happy and be prosperous too.
Don't forget, take time to smell the roses too. Enjoy what you do. You owe it to your employeer or client to come back refreshed and ready to work, so don't over do it!
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