The common cold. It’s unavoidable and inevitable, no matter how many precautions you take.
One morning, you’ll wake up feeling stuffy, achy and just plain rotten, and you’ll wish you could stay in bed while someone cares for you with hot tea and soup.
But you’re self-employed. Work’s waiting. Clients have emailed you. They’re expecting a reply. And you’ll sigh as you remember you really don’t have that hot-tea option available.
Your business needs you. And it doesn’t care how sick you are.
So you haul yourself out of bed, snatch a box of Kleenex, drug yourself up with decongestants and huddle at your computer in a warm blanket hoping you can muddle through work with a brain that’s as slow as thick molasses.
Big, big mistake.
When you’re sick, you’re sick. Forcing yourself to work isn’t doing you or your clients any good. You’re not at your best and while you might get the job done, it won’t be good work.
Getting the job done doesn’t take priority over doing the job well. Your clients don’t deserve that, and they’re not paying you for shoddy work.
Don’t believe me? Send an email to your client to tell him you’re sick as a dog. Then ask that person if he’d like you to drag through the day or rest up and come back to it next week.
Chances are, he’d push you to your bed if he could.
When you’re sick, do the right thing for your clients – and the right thing for you: Stop and rest.
Your body needs it, and ignoring its pleas for healing time can just make the situation worse. You’ll use up all the energy you have – energy your body needs. You’ll feel drained and exhausted, physically and mentally, and you’ll be force your body to struggle to keep up with you.
It won’t struggle. It can’t. If you don’t give your body the rest it needs, it’ll crash.
And you’ll get sicker. Your body’s going to force you to pay attention to its needs. That common cold you have will turn into something worse that knocks you right off your feet for weeks.
I can hear your immune system now. “How do you like them apples?”