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There are no two ways about it: working from home is a luxury, especially at this time of year. Not only do you get to avoid the morning traffic and stay in your pajamas all day but you get to create your own schedule and plan out exactly how you want to spend your time. That said, spending that time wisely can be a bit tricky. This is particularly true when it comes to lunch breaks, as that's when the boundaries between home and work life tend to fade away the most.
To help you out, we've come up with some ways for you to make the most of your lunch break that will ensure you get back into your work groove without losing any momentum or motivation.
Prepare A Healthy Lunch
First and foremost, a lunch break is about refueling and, even though your home may be filled with your favorite snacks, it's crucial that you eat wisely. This doesn't mean you have to eat a soggy sandwich or lackluster pasta pot like you might if you were out at the office though. Instead, you may want to consider preparing a healthy, delicious lunch the night before. Not only will this make your lunch break easier and more structured but it'll give you something to look forward to throughout your morning slog.
Make Sure It's Actually A Break
As we mentioned earlier, working from home can seriously blur the lines between home and work life. Now, while you may assume this means that most people tend to neglect their work in favor of relaxing at home, many people actually tend to focus more on their work. This can lead to people working around the clock and forgetting about lunch breaks entirely. To ensure this doesn't happen, we recommend having some fun things in mind for your break that you can look forward to.
For example, you could have the BBC, Lifehacker, Swaay or other media sites bookmarked and ready to read so you can catch up on the day's news. You could even get into online games, especially since there are sites such as 888 Ladies that are created for women now. According to this 888 Ladies review, it's “aimed at the fairer sex", so it's great for a woman on a lunch break mission.
That said, we completely understand if shooting zombies or something is your idea of perfect gaming time. Really, the point is to make sure you're stepping away from work for a bit, whether that's by playing bingo, reading the news or something else.
Don't Forget To Socialize
Lunch breaks are a great time to reset yourself, making sure that you're ready for the afternoon of work ahead. Take an hour off to eat lunch, have some fun and make some plans and you're sure to have a productive, enjoyable afternoon.
Just because you're working from home doesn't mean you get to avoid socializing altogether! When working from home, it's very important to make sure that you continue having human interactions despite working alone. Take a minute or two in your lunch break to text, call or email others. It doesn't matter whether you're contacting friends, family, co-workers or even your boss; just make sure that you have some interaction with someone. The best thing to do is make some plans for after work, as that will give you something to look forward to and ensure that you get out of the house for a little while.
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Elizabeth Warren majorly called out "arrogant billionaire" Michael Bloomberg for his history of silencing women through NDAs and closed-door settlement negotiations. Sound familiar? Probably because we already have a president like that. At this point, Bloomberg may just spend the remainder of his (hopefully) ill-fated presidential campaign roasting on a spit over a fire sparked by the righteous anger of women. A lesser punishment than he deserves, if you ask me.
At last night's Democratic debate, Michael Bloomberg could barely stammer out an answer to a question on whether or not he would release any of his former accusers from their nondisclosure agreements. His unsatisfactory response was basically a halting list of what he has done for certain nondescript women in his time at City Hall and within his own company.
But that certainly wasn't enough for Elizabeth Warren, nor should it be, who perfectly rephrased his defense as, "I've been nice to some women." Michael Bloomberg is basically that weird, problematic Uncle that claims he can't be racist, "Because I have a Black friend." In a society where power is almost always in the hands of straight, white, cisgendered, men being "nice" to a lucky few is in no way a defense for benefiting from and building upon the systematic silencing of all marginalized communities, let alone women. Stop and frisk, anybody?
Here is a brief clip of the Warren v. Bloomberg exchange, which I highly recommend. It is absolutely (and hilariously) savage.
But let's talk about the deeper issues at hand here (other than Warren being an eloquent badass).
Michael Bloomberg has been sued multiple times, yet each time he was able to snake his way out of the problem with the help of his greatest and only superpower: cold, hard cash. Each time these allegations have come up, in Warren's words, he throws "a chunk of money at the table" and "forces the woman to wear a muzzle for the rest of her life."
As reported by Claire Lampen of The Cut, here are just a few of his prior indiscretions.
- Pregnancy discrimination—Bloomberg reportedly told a former employee of his to "kill it," in reference to her developing fetus.
- Sexual harassment—You could literally write a book on this subject (someone did), but for the sake of brevity...
"I'd like to do that piece of meat" - Michael Bloomberg in reference to various women at his company.
- Undermining #MeToo—Not only did he defend the accused, but he went on the disparage accusers every step of the way.
- Defaming transgender people—Though he claims to support trans rights, he has also been qupted multiple times as referring to trans women as "some guy wearing a dress."
Yeah... That's not a winning formula for me, Mike.
Furthermore, Warren points out the simple fact that if, as Bloomberg claims, these instances were simply big misunderstandings (He was just joking around!) then why go to all the trouble to cover them up? Does Michael Bloomberg think women can't take a joke? Or can we only surmise that the truth of these events are far darker and dirtier than we could even imagine?
Certain commentators have called Elizabeth Warren's debate presence "agressive," especially in regards to this instance but also continually throughout her entire campaign. If asking poignant questions to known abusers who are seeking to further their own political power is considered "aggressive," then I am here for it. Bring on the aggressive women, please and thank you.
Calling a woman aggressive for being confidant and direct is a gendered complaint. You don't see anyone whining that Bernie is "aggressive" when he goes off on a screaming tangent. Also, have you seen our president? He's basically the poster boy for political temper tantrums. But still, it's Warren that is deemed "aggressive," for honing in on the exact issues that need to be considered in this upcoming election.
This type of derisory label is another aspect of how our society silences women—much like Bloomberg and his NDAs. Because "silencing" is more than just putting a "muzzle" on someone. It's refusing to listen to a person's cries for help. It's disregarding what a woman has to say, because she's too "aggressive." It's taking away someone's power by refusing to truly hear their side of the story. Because if you aren't listening, responding, or even just respecting someone's words, they may well have said nothing at all.
"Silence is the ocean of the unsaid, the unspeakable, the repressed, the erased, the unheard." - Renecca Solnit
Nondiscolusure agreements are a legal gag for people who have experienced harassment and abuse at the hands of those above them.
Gretchen Carlson, possibly the most famous person subject to an NDA, is one of these people. Her story is so well-known that it has even been immortalized on film, in 2019's Bombshell. Yet she is still forced to maintain her silence. She cannot tell her side of the story even when Hollywood can. She was cajoled into her current position after facing harassment in her workplace. She didn't have the power then to do more than accept her fate. And now, she doesn't have the power to tell her story.
She was, and still is being, silenced.
After her experiences, Carlson was moved to fight for all women to have the power over their truths. In a recent op-ed for the New York Times she declared: "I want my voice back. I want it back for me, and for all those silenced by forced arbitration and NDAs."
Carlson may still be tied to her NDA, but there are those who go a different route. Celeste Headlee, who wrote an op-ed on SWAAY about her experience, chose to break her nondisclosure agreement. Though doing so undoubtedly opened her up to numerous legal ramifications, she knew that she could no longer "sign away [her] right to justice."
Because that is what an NDA is all about, signing away a person's right to justice. Their story is their justice. Their NDA is a lock and key. Headlee may have broken through that lock, but she must face the consequences.
Neither Carlson nor Headlee are any less brave for how they have handled their journeys. They are both actively working to shift the cultural and political norms that led them here, and their work will, with hope and time, lead to real change. But they are just two drops in an ocean of women who are held hostage by their nondisclosure agreements, by men like Michael Bloomberg, and by a society that would rather silence them than let truth and justice be had.