There’s a lot to be said for the philosophy of Never Eat Alone, using meals as a great time to meet new people or reconnect with people you already now. I try to use that approach at events, probably because it’s easier to do when there are hundreds of people around who want to (or are at least open to) networking. I don’t do it one hundred percent of the time, but close, and it’s both effective and fun.
I’ve never adopted it during a normal work week, in part due to not being willing to work that hard at lining up someone for lunch every day and in part just enjoying quiet time at a meal. Most days when I go to lunch I take a book to read (usually career related as opposed to fun), sometimes I’ll work on notes or an idea for something I want to write, and some days its nice to just sit and enjoy some fresh air. The days when I do have lunch with someone are then a delight.
Somewhere between always eating along and never eating alone you can find a balance that works for you.
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I certainly try to have a balance. When I travel I am usually looking to have a meal with someone and do some 1:1 networking, but it doesn”t always work out. I”m happy to go have a solo meal with a good book and relax by myself.
I have a 100+ mile commute every day and I try to invest in my health so I use my lunch break to go to the gym or take a walk. It takes the pressure off of having to work out at night if I”m tired or get paged out when I”m on call.
Chuck, that is a heck of a commute. I did 70 miles one way for six months, definitely wore me down.
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