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Poll: How long is your lunch break on a normal working day?
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Venkatesh Sundaram  Identity Verified
India
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Give my back and eyes some rest Apr 24, 2009

Just about an hour or so - about 20 minutes for the meal, 20 minutes for leafing through newspaers / magazines and the last 20 minutes lying flat on my back with my eyes shut
Cheers from an India thats getting warmer by the day
Venkatesh


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Sonja Kroll  Identity Verified
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>1hr Apr 24, 2009

... if you call it a break to prepare lunch and help the kids along with their homework.

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Paola Prodan  Identity Verified
Argentina
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2 hours Apr 24, 2009

I used to take 30-60 minutes for lunch before my son was born and depending on my workload.
BUT as I have a two-year old son now, I take 2 hours to prepare lunch, pick him up from kindergarten, then we have lunch together, I change his diaper and clothes and then help him take his nap so I can go on working... The lunch "break" is exhausting nowadays, but when I don't have too much work I take a nap of 20-30 minutes to relax my back and shut my eyes.

Greetings from Argentina!


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Lawyer-Linguist  Identity Verified
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15-30 minutes Apr 24, 2009

Luckily my daughters eat at school -- which in their schools is a bowl of soup, main meal (grilled fish, meat, veg etc -- Jamie Oliver would indeed be proud!), fruit and mineral water for less than €1.50 per day -- and are old enough to sort themselves out during school holidays.

I just go downstairs, eat whatever has been made for me (I can't cook), catch up on the news headlines and then it's back up to 'funky loft' (my office) for my afternoon shift.


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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15-30 Apr 24, 2009

Usually I simply eat and go back to work, if the break is longer than this I simply fall asleep, unfortunately this means I don't spend time with my children until 7 pm.

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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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31-60 Apr 24, 2009

I always cook my own lunch - often I'll prepare a big pot of soup on a Monday and eat it through the week, so I don't waste too much time cooking every day. But unless I'm really pushed for time I normally have a 45-60 minute break, even if I do spend it at the computer: having a look at the forums in here and elsewhere, reading the papers online, playing Mah Jong...

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Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
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variation on a single note Apr 24, 2009

Lawyer-Linguist wrote:

Luckily my daughters eat at school -- which in their schools is a bowl of soup, main meal (grilled fish, meat, veg etc -- Jamie Oliver would indeed be proud!), fruit and mineral water for less than €1.50 per day -- and are old enough to sort themselves out during school holidays.

I just go downstairs, eat whatever has been made for me (I can't cook), catch up on the news headlines and then it's back up to 'funky loft' (my office) for my afternoon shift.



Luckily my children eat at school - which is a bowl of soup and something eatable called main meal - and they are independent enough to prepare themselves a dinner, if I do not have time at all.

I just go downstairs to my flat, eat whatever has been left (if this whatever exist, catch up on the news headlines and then it's back up to my office for my afternoon or night shift. Usually I make a break again before they go to bed, check the homeworks, schoolbags and their teeth a goodnight kiss is necessary!


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Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
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>1hour Apr 24, 2009

I am French and I have a family.
Philippe


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Noni Gilbert
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>1 hour Apr 24, 2009

But that, like for many who are posting, includes picking up the children from school, feeding them, cooking lunch for myself and hubbie, eating it, and making sure the children are organized with regards homework/afternoon activities/mid-afternoon snack/dinner arrangements etc so that I can leave them with their childcare and go back to work again until 6 hrs later...

Edited for punctuation clarification.

[Edited at 2009-04-24 17:59 GMT]


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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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<15 minutes Apr 24, 2009

Or, more precisely, the time it takes me to make and eat a sandwich. Sometimes sitting down with my husband, sometimes alone.

As I'm paying for childcare during the day, sitting down and relaxing for an hour instead of working would feel like throwing the money away. I get little enough time to work as it is! The working day ends at three when the school run starts, or three-thirty if I'm lucky and my husband does it!


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DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Other ... Apr 24, 2009

My lunch break is from about 12.45 - 5 or later ... but lunch itself is a short, few, hectic bites ... somewhere in between

I work early mornings and late nights. I take kids to repsective pre-school and toddler's corner before 8. I go home and work 'til almost 1 - that's when my lunch break starts. I pick up my younger son (2) we do shopping, from small shops and the market on market day, swings, coffee, walk in the harbour, beach, paying bills, usually he sleeps some on the way, whatever until we pick up my older son (4) at 3.
Then we cook and eat together (they specially love to take salad, herbs, fruit, flowers from the garden for the table) and we save some for daddy if he didn't join us already, read, play, walk dogs, take care of the garden, whatever.
I start to work again at 5 or 6 depending on how long my husband's day was.

So lunch break is from 12.45 to 5 or later, lunch is some bites somewhere along the way and we are busy with the idea of luch pretty much of the time, we talk about/are occupied with what we are going to buy/eat/cook/ prepare/grow alot.

Its so refreshing for me to see that many others have the same rhythms in their lives too.

Before I had a family I often forgot to eat ...


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
United States
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My schedule is very fluid Apr 24, 2009

This question imagines a much more structured schedule than I maintain.

Sometimes I work in the morning, sometimes at night, sometimes in the afternoon and evening. It depends when the job offers come in, the deadlines, and what else I have scheduled that week outside of work.


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1 hour Apr 25, 2009

15 minutes to fix something, 15 minutes to eat it, and 30 minutes to set the fatigue in my eyes, brain, hand/wrist into rest, and revitalizition of my mind.

This 30 minute is spent for watching cooking show, play with my dogs (border collie and shi-tzu), or listening to some soothing musics .... all good for my brain activity that needs to be set aside from translation's sometimes demanding tasks.


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Vadim Smyslov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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15-30 min. Apr 25, 2009

But several times a day, combining a cap of green tea and some rest for my eyes.

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