How to make your lunch breaks more productive

Whether you are focused on climbing the corporate ladder, getting your side hustle off the ground or making an impact on society, you likely know how important each hour in the day is for your productivity. And while multi-tasking is common practice, studies show that the mental blocks created by jumping between tasks can actually cause a 40% drop in productivity. So how do you bring in more productivity to your day without sacrificing your performance? Turn to your lunch break.

That hour break from your projects can be the most productive time of your day if you truly allow yourself to step away from your busy work and get inspired by something new. Tuning into your favorite podcast, documentary or Ted Talk is a great way to get out of your own head and learn from experts in every field. Not only can you use your lunch break to inspire new ideas for your current gig, but these shows and podcasts (found on most major streaming services) can also help bring about creativity for your next side hustle as well. Below, we’ve rounded up the best shows, talks and podcasts to binge when you have a free moment but still want to be productive.

With new content coming out every day, there’s no excuse to not make your lunch break as educational and productive as possible. Not sure where to go to stream the above? Most TED Talks are available for free on their website, the documentaries can be found on Netflix and Hulu and the podcasts are available on major streaming devices such as Apple Music or Spotify. Now go binge to your heart’s content — just don’t forget to eat your lunch too!

Sarah Hollenbeck

Sarah Hollenbeck is a content junkie and writer for Soda. She’s a huge fan of true crime, dramas, and indie comedies, but is always open to trying a new genre or streaming service to stay up to date on the latest trends.