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Yesterday I was feeling pretty bad. I was hit with fatigue and I felt a migraine coming. I had stuff to do, but I simply wasn’t up for it.

So what do you do when you’re feeling sick, but you have a to-do list that can’t seem to wait?


Take a look at your to-do’s for the day, and highlight the *one* activity you want to get done for the day. (I typically do this everyday and find it quite helpful.)

If you feel up for it, add 1-2 more tasks that you feel confident you can complete today.

Cross out or reschedule the activities that do not absolutely need to be done today.


If you’re up for it, reschedule those tasks that you’ve put off.

Create new deadlines, rearrange your schedule as needed. Knowing you have a new plan in place to accomplish the rest of your to-do list, you’ll feel a lot better about taking time off.

If you’re feeling *really* bad, set aside a time block when you think you’ll be able to do this rescheduling exercise. Even if you don’t have everything planned out, knowing that you have a plan in place to get back in track will help you overcome some of the overwhelm.

Reschedule any meetings you may have had.
*If you absolutely can’t reschedule, explain that you’re not feeling well and you’d like to keep it as short as possible.

Knock Our Your Mini-To Do List Quickly

Knock out those 1-2 tasks that you had planned for the day. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect or the best it could be. The main thing is you got it done. And done is better than perfect.

Take Care of You

Rest, take a nap, drink plenty of fluids – blah blah blah. Do what you *should* be doing.

When you take care of an illness *before* it gets bad, you start to heal quicker.

Ultimately when you take care of you FIRST, you’ll feel better *FASTER* and can return to work *SOONER*.

The other day, I made it a point to take a nice long nap and rest for as long as I wanted. After about four hours, I was actually feeling up to speed and was able to complete my to-do list for that day.

Now, this won’t happen *every* time, but odds are, if you take care of yourself first, you usually get better sooner.

Returning to Work

Create a “catch up” day, where you’re finishing up any tasks that were left unresolved. Avoid trying to create new tasks for yourself.

Create a block of time to return emails and phone calls. This time will be *only* for returning messages; do not try to multi-task – like writing blog content and returning emails. It will be a pain, trust me. And you’ll get through both tasks *faster* if you DON’T multi-task.

Avoid returning to work when you’re still not feeling well. There’s no point in trying to push through it if you’re only going to get sicker.

Feel better love. And remember, you take care of you so you can give your best to the world.