We’ve all had those days when we don’t feel well. You may not necessarily be sick but you just don’t feel normal. You’ve experienced that right?
That was me yesterday. About mid-morning, I started feeling light-headed and just didn’t feel right. It lasted all day. If it wasn’t the middle of my busiest time of year, I would have gone home and gone to bed.
So I had to figure out how I could get things done. I used the following five tactics:
- Drink lots of water. Normally, I drink coffee from the moment I get to work in the morning until 5 p.m. As soon as I started feeling bad, I started drinking water. The caffeine in coffee would only dehydrate me. It might have given me a short-term energy boost but it would have been counter productive in the long run.
- Tell yourself you are not as bad as you feel. Isn’t it amazing how smiling can make you feel better? Try it sometime. You’ll be amazed at what it will do for you. Simply choose to feel better.
- Work on simple tasks rather than the more complex jobs. There are always small things you can work on which are probably continually pushed back because they are of low priority. You can get these done in your sleep so you might as well do them when you don’t feel well.
- Take a break. Yes, stop working for a while. Walk around the office. Go outside if it’s nice. Talk to someone about something that is not work-related.
- Eat something healthy. Get in the habit of bringing some fruit with you every day to work. I typically bring an apple, banana and/or some grapes. The natural sugar in fruit can give you some much-needed energy.
I used all five of these tactics yesterday and was able to get through much more work than I originally thought I’d be able to. By the end of the day, I was surprised by how late it was and how much I accomplished.
What else do you do to be productive when you don’t feel well? Let me know by commenting below.
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