Yesterday I had lunch with my good friend Udana Bandara, who is one of the leading experts of Mindfulness in the IT world in Japan.
We spent the whole 60min of our lunch break chatting about our lives, our hopes, and our dreams. I really value my friendship with Udana – he was the first person to introduce me to Mindfulness in 2016 and it has had a huge impact on my life. From the moment we met in the elevator at work, to our frequent lunch catchups and project-related meetings, our friendship has grown and talking to Udana opened my mind to the possibility of not only improving my professionalism through mindfulness, but also the possibility of having a happier, more meaningful life.
This leads me to today’s topic which is my huge tip for working mothers – don’t underestimate the importance of networking in your lunch break!
If you are a full-time working mother, you may be so tired and exhausted that you may be tempted to just rest during your lunch break, have lunch on your own for some “down time”, or go outside the office for a walk.
This is totally okay to do to take a well-earned break, as for many working mothers this is the ONLY time we have to ourselves.
But I encourage you, if you really want to take control your future, take control of your lunch breaks and turn them into networking opportunities!
One of the advantages of still working full-time at a company is that you can easily meet an amazing diversity of people with different opinions and ideas.
Just think – if you dream of having a Minimalist Business where you work for a few hours each day on your online business, and then spend the rest of your day having quality time with your kids or making time for your own self care, then this may potentially leave very little time for networking with people outside your circle. It is a common misconception about working from home – people think this will be awesome! Now I can have full control over my own schedule and plan my days between work and family as I like!!
BUT…..working from home can also mean more isolation and less opportunity to interact with a diversity of people. Unless you make an effort to get out and meet new people and connect such as through clubs, entrepreneur meet-ups or masterminds, then you might find yourself feeling quite lonely and it may result in having a more narrow view of what is happening in the world, and which might have an impact on the growth of your own business.
So my advice is, while you are still working full-time in a company where you can easily meet with a wide range of people, take full advantage of this unique opportunity!
Of course you will need to focus on your work, but on your lunch breaks this is your chance to reach out to as many people as you can.
Make new friends, meet like-minded people or people with different ideas or vision about business and the world, and make every effort to expand your knowledge and mindset.
I guarantee it will not only be fun and motivate you, but it will also help shape your vision of the future.
For me, Udana Bandara is someone I first got to know on my “lunch break”, and I am so grateful I met him! He has had a huge positive impact on my life and helped me on my journey to pursue a more meaningful life.
Thank you Udana!