It’s easy to find articles condemning the act of eating lunch at your desk (for example, this one ). I get it. That said, I believe there are three times when eating at your desk is ok:
- You have too much to do and even a 15 minute lunch break seems too much.
- You want to downplay lunch.
- Your work is not good but your lunch is.
Now #1 is not a good situation, but sometimes that just the way it is.
#2 makes sense if you are trying to decenter or downplay food. If you are in a place where you find it tempting to overeat and are trying to avoid temptation, this strategy can work. (I can vouch for it.)
#3 is often overlooked and is often tied to #1. Sometimes your work is just awful but you have to get it done. At least eating something you like while you do it makes it bearable and even a bit enjoyable.
These three reasons to eat lunch while you work are not ideal, for sure. But not unreasonable either.
(Written while eating my lunch :))