How to Organize When You're Sick

This past week, I've been sick. I lost my voice for the first time in more than ten years! In retrospect, that's a good thing, but this past week it sure didn't feel like it.

So, I lost my voice almost completely for about four or five days. I was congested and coughing like nobody's business and pretty fatigued just by watching TV. How's a girl to stay organized while she's sick?

First thing's first: I prioritized. What did I really need to get done during those few days? There was definitely some communicating with my clients that needed to happen. In order to respond in a timely manner, I deferred to email. When someone new called looking for some information, I had assistance in answering calls and gathering info such that I could email the information that was needed. I even rescheduled appointments because 1) I couldn't talk to anyone and 2) didn't want to get anyone else sick!

Secondly, I needed to get better! I made sure to nap when exhausted; I took the medicine the doctor told me to take; I took hot showers. It sounds pretty simple, really, but most of us ignore this part while we're sick. I kept the medicine out on the counter so I'd remember to take it. I kept tissues and cough drops with it, so I'd always know where to find them. (I will admit to moving things to my nightstand each night, though).

And, of course, I didn't want to feel completely isolated from the world. So, when I had the wherewithal to do so, I'd check my email and voicemail; I'd watch the news; I'd browse Facebook for pictures my friends were posting. And, I played a lot of Spider Solitaire. I had to remind myself to run to the store for groceries or do laundry.

How exactly is this organizing? Think of it like a vacation - a snotty, silent vacation. I had to get the right supplies and keep them handy. I had to be aware of my time and the activities I should be getting done (vs. the activities I was actually getting done - sleeping and solitaire!). It's easy to get sidetracked on vacation - and when you're sick. Your schedule's different, and your energy is different.

The only things being sick and vacation have in common? Lots of snacks. Lots of sleep. That is, of course, if you're doing it right.

Stay healthy out there!

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