Recommendations for a Productive Sick Day

Woman down with the flu

With flu season well underway, many people will be finding themselves under the weather and needing to take one of those precious sick days. While you may feel as though this will put you way behind, there are actually many ways in which you can go about having an extremely productive sick day.

Fluids and Nutrients
While you may not feel like eating or drinking much, your body still needs to function, and your immune system needs to be able to battle whatever may be ailing you. In order to be productive while you are feeling sick, you need to keep your body constantly supplied with fluids and nutrients. Whether this means keeping a pot of soup bubbling on the stove or spending a few minutes juicing a day’s supply of oranges, stock up on fluids and nutrients early in the day so that you can spend the rest of the day focussing on productivity.

Woman reading
Reading
Reading a trashy novel is not the most productive way to spend your sick day, but catching up on a few professional business books is a great way to learn something new. Whether you already have a stack that you have been meaning to read, or quickly download a few interesting titles onto your tablet, these types of books will help you to further your own professional development, and may even fill your head with fresh inspiration for when you return to work. You could also spend some time catching up on industry news, whether this means that you buy a few issues of trade magazines or read several articles online.

Documentaries and Educational Videos
Rather than binge-watching Netflix the entire day, spend your sick day watching a documentary or an educational video on a topic that you want to learn about in more detail. From short business talks on YouTube to longer, inspiring documentaries, this will take your mind off of being sick, and provide you with plenty of motivation to get back to work.

woman on laptop
Tidy Up Your Inbox
There are some people that have managed to master the art of keeping their email inbox tidy and well-organized, but if you are not one of these people, then spend some time doing so on your sick day. However, make sure that you do not actually start responding to emails, unless it is something urgent, as you need to give your body the chance to recuperate. Simply work on tidying up that inbox, creating folders for different categories, as this will help to boost your productivity in the future.

If you are hoping to make the most of your sick day, then make sure that, in addition to keeping a steady supply of nutrients and fluids around, you also have your smartphone, tablet and laptop within easy reach. However, if you begin to feel sicker at any point during the day, then take that as a sign that your body, and mind, could really do with some down time, and just sit back and relax, no matter how difficult this may be for you!

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