You’re sick. It was a struggle to even get up in the morning. Your limbs wanted to lock up and never move again, and your head wanted to explode and shrink into nothing at the same time. Your eyes ached, your mouth was dry, your throat was sore. You wanted to just fall back into the peaceful realms of sleep.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible.
You have too much stuff to get done today! Reports, essays, presentations, group projects, and quarterly summaries as far as your bleary, sleep-crusted eyes can see. And they’re all due in the next few days, meaning that if you don’t get started now, you could get into some deep trouble. You don’t have time to be sick!
So what can you do to make this as painless as possible? What can you set up to take as much pressure off of yourself as possible?
Make a List
It may seem simple, but it’s saved more than one almost-overdue assignment.
Being sick clouds your mind and makes you more forgetful. Making a list of all the things you need to get done ensures that nothing gets lost in the haze of writing and tissues.
Start out with the few items you can remember off the top of your head, and then add onto it as time goes on. Even listing things that you’re unlikely to forget, like checking up on your emails or doing a specific reading, can make certain you don’t forget.
Take a Break
When you’re sick, you tire out more easily and your attention span is lowered. Aside from that, your body needs a bit more to wake it up than a quick stretch and some light leg bouncing.
Every hour or so, take ten minutes to get up and move around. Go grab so more water if the bottle that you should certainly have beside you is empty. Maybe even take a walk around the block to get some fresh air.
Once you’ve had a bit of a break, take stock of yourself. Are you getting better or worse? Did the walk help, or are you ready to keel over? If you find that nothing helps and your condition is worsening, it might be time for you to turn in and beg for extensions in the morning.