How often do you take a break for lunch? Just too pressed for time to take more time out than grabbing a quick sandwich, soup or jacket potato?
We’re not here to preach the benefits of taking a proper break to drive performance (that’s another blog to be honest) and more often than not, we’re guilty as charged on this account due to the inevitable unexpected deadline! However, it continues to surprise us that so often, clients and prospects we are speaking to simply ‘don’t have the time’ to keep track of competitor activity, or read the latest industry announcements beyond the occasional glance at the news headlines. For us, keeping on top of this stuff is our business and frankly we’re there to help our clients by flagging interesting reads.
But it’s not often about personal profession goals or to gain insight on new concepts – like enhancing leadership skills, team management styles or business trends. For me, there’s nothing better than stumbling across a great article that makes you stop and think, learn a new word or two, and question how you’re doing things – more so when it results in actual change. There are a few online resources I turn to (fairly) regularly and on asking my fellow Fireworkers, found most do the same. But then we’re quite ferocious readers; many might not have the same passion or motivation.
You’re now potentially asking what this has to do with lunch. We realised that we often catch up on our favourite reads and social media whilst eating and chatting. We undoubtedly get distracted by sensationalist celebrity reporting, but on the whole find this a time to grab 10 or 15 minutes to get some head space. So it occurred to us to perhaps assign at least one day a week for a learning lunchtime break read. Or perhaps just one article a day, rarely taking more than 5-7 minutes. Anything that has the chance to become a habit. It’s very personal – it might be whilst logging on with that morning coffee, or on a lazy Sunday morning.
So here are a few of our favourite resources; we tried for a top three but couldn’t quite agree. See what you think and let us know your top choices:
- Harvard Business Review & Forbes – for new ideas on management, leading, change, business trends
- eConsultancy, The Drum and Brand Republic – for all things to do with digital business
- The Economist (and various nationals) – for the latest on the world
And don’t wait for New Year resolutions to start; give it a go this week.
Director & Co-Owner of Firework PR
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