The life of an entrepreneur can be tough when it comes to feeling under the weather. We feel the need to be productive at all times. We don’t have time to be sick.  No matter how well we take care of ourselves through nutrition, exercise and supplementation, we all get sick at some point – most often through no fault of our own. As I write this, I am working from home, due to illness. I won’t go into detail, but I needed rest and decided to stay home from the office should it be contagious. Ironically, I brought my laptop home last night (which I don’t always do), so I’m able to get some work done as I feel like it.

The tips below are a mixture of health, productivity and business tips to keep you feeling as productive as possible when you can’t help being away from the office.

Get Some Rest!

Yes, this seems counterintuitive to productivity, but when you’re sick it’s what your body needs the most. Rest is how you get better. The sooner you get better, the more productive you will be.

Drink Plenty of Fluids

Like getting rest, your body needs to remain hydrated. Hydration plays a key factor in recovery. Depending on your symptoms, it may be difficult to keep fluids in you – but as soon as you are able drink as much as you can. Water at the least, or something with electrolytes like Gatorade. I prefer to stay away from sugary sports drinks.  Instead, I prefer Rehydrate from Advocare to replenish and rehydrate.

Maintain Team Communication, if Possible – But Only as Necessary

Our team uses Slack to communicate with each other. Their web, desktop and mobile applications it makes it easy to stay in touch wherever we are. One of the many great features of Slack is that it’s searchable, which means you’re less likely to miss something if you are temporarily “out of the loop.” Our team is still new to Slack, but it is quickly replacing our old, less centralized  methods of email and text messaging.

Read if You Can

Sometimes we may not be well enough to be in the office, but we can still work on improvement. If there are documents, reports or other work-related materials that you’ve been meaning to review but “haven’t had the time,” this could be your chance. Or maybe you’ve been stuck in chapter one of your latest book, business related or not. If you feel like it, pick it up and dig in.

Listen if You Can’t

I understand sometimes you just want to lay still, not move at all and do nothing. If that’s the case, pop in your earbuds and start listening through that backlog of podcasts. Better yet, open up a guided meditation app like Headspace or Calm to relax your mind and remove thoughts of work altogether.

If even that is too much activity, revert to tip number one and get some rest. You’ll never go wrong there.

Hopefully these quick tips will help you be more productive when you’re not feeling well. I hope you get to feeling better soon!

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