Working around the flu is one potential challenge for freelancers. Depending on your client base, the type of work you do, deadlines and many other facets, you may find working around the flu is necessary.
One benefit, compared to working a traditional job is that you have the advantage of taking cat naps or even dog naps depending on how exhausted you are.
This is my reality today. Yesterday I took my dog for a walk. I swore the slightly sore throat was just allergies or the air. Went home, finished up working and headed to the gym.
A trip on the step-climber was like climbing Mount Everest. After feeling the weight of glares coming from fellow gym-rats, as I fought with the weights, I decided to throw in the sweat towel. Literally. 🙂
Today I woke up to deadlines, projects, coughs and sneezes. Settled in on my bed and turned on the TV for noise, then turned it off and enjoyed the quiet. Sometimes you actually get more work done when you are under the weather.
I have considered a visit to urgent care. That’s the thing, people like me can work from practically anywhere. Coffee Shops, burger joints, Urgent Care, ER. Not much can keep us from getting things done.
As a freelancer, I’ve learned to set the pace for those days when I work sick. I also have learned to pay attention to those days when I just need to crawl in bed and let my body fight the good fight. Today I chose to work.
Best Survival Methods for Working Sick:
- Keep everything you need close at hand (tissues, cough drops, waters, juice)
- Find the most comfortable place to work, today is not a desk day
- Take naps when possible, remember you can work any time of the day
- Let your clients know you are under the weather (Most clients get it)
- Airborne, Airborne, Airborne
- Did I mention Airborne, I use Dual Action (it tastes yuk so I know it work
What about you? If you are freelancer how do you handle being sick?