The alarm goes off. The first thing you feel is sweaty and hot and like someone has punched you in the stomach while you slept. Yeah, you are sick. You know there is too much work for you to take the entire day off, but you also don’t want your beloved coworkers getting sick (or maybe you do, which in that case totally go to work), so you decide to work from home.
Working from home has many perks. Let’s be honest; you are at home, your humble abode. You have seen the ads, “Work from home make more money” or “I can’t believe I make this much money working from home.” Today, you get to take advantage of being sick and take part in what, obviously, so many others already do. You quickly realize it is not so simple.
While working from home is a great concept, you have so many more distractions, e.g., kids, TV, pets, spouse, and kids. Yes, I wrote kids twice. They are so much of a distraction they get double billing. But fret no more, here are some easy ways to cut back on the distractions, complete the work you need to, and find time to recover from the pesky bug keeping you home in the first place.
- Make a list — Most people already do this on a daily basis, but today your list is only going to consist of what absolutely needs to get done today. If there is a project with a deadline more than two days away, it doesn’t make the list.
- Coordinate with your Coworkers — They know you are not coming, but you need to let them know what you will be working on and delegate what you can’t do to a coworker in the office if possible. The ideal way to do this is via phone, but if need be email can suffice. Just make sure the email is as detailed as possible, otherwise you might get a phone call during that recovery nap you desperately need at 11 a.m. Keep them updated throughout the day on what you have completed via email.
- Send Your Kids Away — Sounds bad, I know. But you are doing this for good reason. You need to get better and having little Johnny coming to you every five minutes asking for a drink of water is not going to help the cause. Plus, you do not want them to get sick either. If you have someone watch your bundles of joy at your house, ask if it’s OK to have them take your kids to their house just for the day, or give them some extra cash and send them on a day adventure. Kids love adventures. Come to think of it — I love adventures, but that’s a different blog.
- Rest — You have a lot of work to complete, but your pillow or the toilet is calling your name. Do not push yourself to the point where you are not actually getting the rest needed to get better. If you do not take time to rest and get healthy, you might wake up the next day still feeling ill. And now you have another sick day to contend with. Just sleep; it is worth it.
Nobody likes to call in sick. It makes it difficult for not just you, but your coworkers who have to pick up extra work in your absence. If you have the ability to work from home, following these tips can help you stray from distractions and get your work completed. It will also give you time to get healthy enough just in time to return to work the next day or two.