How do you Manage when you feel Ill?

It has been absolutely dreadful weather around these parts lately.  It’s hot and then it’s cold and then it’s humid – mother nature must be having a field day!  And what comes with awful weather?  The ‘dreaded lurgy’ of course!  I’ve just gotten over this myself and have needed a couple of days downtime to get over it.

So for the question – what should we do?  How do we get through when we are ill?  I say it’s best not to work if you can get away with it – do as little as you can and just leave the rest.  It is the quality of the work that will suffer; and you and your recovery time of course.  It will be there tomorrow, and the next day if you are still sick the next day and it will still be there the next day after that.  You might be piping up here ‘but I have clients and I need to ensure they are 100% satisfied’.  My question is, how can you 100% satisfy their needs if you are very ‘under the weather’ and needing a whole heap of bed rest?  If there are urgent pending deadlines check out the following for some ideas on how to manage these:

  • You could try asking your client whether you might be able to obtain an extension on that upcoming deadline.  You might be suprised at how understanding they are when they know that you are ill.  Remember – they are human too and so have been ill from time to time.
  • If they aren’t able to provide you with an extension, you could sub-contract the work.  For this to cause little work for you, you might need to do a bit of homework when your not ill.  Try to have a sub-contractor already there; lined up for the times you are sick, or overloaded.
  • If you still have to plug away at it make sure that you have regular lie downs.  Do work in between (the times when you aren’t feeling so green).  Make sure you go to the doctor to seek medical advice early on in the piece so that you can get well quickly.

Maybe you have some tips you would like to add to help other when they feel unwell.


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