It’s not fun when you’re not feeling well, and staying organized when you’re under the weather can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to help you be productive, while also taking care of yourself.
1) Sandwich rest time and task time.
It’s very important to get a good night’s sleep AND some naps throughout the day when you’re feeling blah.
If you’re dealing with a nasty cold or another issue that’s not too severe, you can use the ‘sleep a little/ work a little’ philosophy.’
No, you won’t be able to complete everything on your To Do list, but you will get some stuff done. Easy tasks like reading and responding to email, writing out some bill payments, catching on on your reading, or writing thank you notes are all easy tasks that don’t require a whole lot of energy or effort.
If you’re really sick, like with the flu, skip your To Do list altogether and sleep as much as possible. Don’t worry, your To Do list will still be there tomorrow.
2) Delegate when you can.
It’s important to realize that when you’re not feeling well, delegation is key.
Perhaps your co-workers can help you out with some of your tasks or projects?
Perhaps your family can take on some extra cleaning chores? It’s not too difficult to toss clothes in the washer, or fold clothes out of the dryer.
Just because you always cook at home, doesn’t mean your significant other (or older children) can’t help out with this task.
Easy meal choices like salads, sandwiches, or an easy casserole recipe that you know of in your recipe box can be whipped up by others who live in your house.
If the thought of your spouse and kids in the kitchen freaks you out, they can always get pizza delivery.
Live alone? Get a local restaurant to deliver something to you, or ask a friend to pick up some prepared soup or other meal at the supermarket. Reciprocate when your friend is not feeling well.
3) The Little Things Matter.
Sometimes, the little things can make you feel much better in a jiffy.
I don’t know about you, but if I’m sitting in a dark, drab room, it’s going to take me a whole lot longer to recover. Open your window shades and let the sunshine in. If it’s not freezing outside, crack open the windows and let in some fresh air.
Keep some cinnamon apple cider packets in your house at all times. When you’re not feeling well, this may be the perfect anecdote to boosting your spirits.
Wear something that makes you feel cozy, but not sloppy. Ladies, put on some cosmetics, specifically lipstick! If you look sick, it’s difficult not to feel sick.
Avoid unhealthy foods. Instead, eat foods that are filled with vitamins–fruit, salad, vegetable soup…and drink lots of water.
Watch a comedy on TV or read a funny book. Very often, laughter is the best medicine.
Just doing some of these simple acts can entice you to get through some items on your To Do list.
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