What do you do when you need to take a day off to rest because you're getting sick or simply because you feel you really need a break?
I understand how hard it is to truly disconnect when you need to take a day off. The guilt you can feel as you're team is still operating at 100% when you're not. When you have so much going on that you feel you cannot take time off.
If you want to max out your productivity and your work, taking care of your health, both body and mind, should be on top of your priorities.
When you're not at your best, you might still be able to get some things done but that probably won't be your best work. Most likely, you won't get anything done at all, even after staring at your computer for hours. You'll be unproductive and stressed out.
Usually our energy level goes up and down over the weeks with high productive days and then a couple of foggy days. That happens when you overdo for a while, then your body tells you to slow down, you start to get sick and fatigue kicks in.
When it happens, make a list of the urgent things that cannot wait, try to delegate if you can, reschedule, rearrange your planning for the week. Then take your mind off work to fully disconnect and recharge.
High achievers don't work 24/7, they work smart and are able to get only 3 to 4 hours of productive work a day.
Ask yourself this:
- When am I the most productive during the day?
- How can I nurture a morning routine to max out my work?
- When can I disconnect from work during the day to rest my brain?
Today my daughter is sick (I'm getting sick as well), so day off for both of us.
Pyjamas, hot tea with honey and a bit of computer game.