Eating Lunch

Here’s some wisdom from Josh Roby (@joshroby) that I was reminded of today. To paraphrase, as this was told to me in person a few weeks ago:

I used to delay getting lunch. I would think about what I wanted for lunch, and hem & haw over the decision. I would wait a good couple hours after I should have eaten to eat, making those couple hours crappy and not very productive. Then I’d eat.

And I discovered that it didn’t matter what I had for lunch, because a few minutes later I went back to work and didn’t think about it.

So when my phone alarm goes off to eat lunch, I just do it, making whatever and then going back to work. Dinner’s different, because I want to enjoy that. But lunch is just functional.

This blew my mind, because he made me realize that I was the same way. Today, after a brief outing to deal with my mail, I was thinking about lunch. Just getting back from DunDraCon[1], I had little in my home. I was thinking “hmm, chicken? or chinese? or a burger? or maybe a sandwich? or a burrito…” and was delaying eating because I was pondering options.

I remembered Josh’s wisdom, and just walked to the grocery store (which I needed to do anyway) and bought what I needed for some lunches. He’s right, I don’t really care about what I just had. Back to work. And I’m thankful for his advice, because it’s increased my happiness (as I eat sooner due to not delaying) and helped my pocketbook (as I don’t go out for lunch as much because I know the gratification is very fleeting).

It’s rare that something happens that makes your life better & happier while also costing you less, so here’s my thank-you to Josh. And my passing the thought along to others, who might also see benefit.

Thanks, Josh!

– Ryan

[1] Which deserves its own post, one that’ll likely compare/contrast with OrcCon in LA, the Presidents’ Day con I typically attend.


One Response to Eating Lunch

  1. Mike Olson says:

    My “lunch” is first paragraphs. Sometimes I get so hung up on how to start a chapter or section that it eclipses, in my mind, the actual writing that needs to be done. I’ve gotten better about just starting with the second paragraph and coming back to the beginning later (which always works — it’s easier to introduce something when you have the thing right there in front of you instead of floating around as a concept), but when I was a reporter a few years ago sometimes starting a story would just paralyze me.