Monday, February 7, 2011

Motivational Monday #34 - Feel the Pain and Do It Anyway

Some days you wake up and feel like dog doo. Some days you wake up and feel like death warmed over. Other days you may even have the privilege of being awake when you realize your body is not your friend.

If you have ever found yourself in this position...and who hasn't...then you know there are a few choices you have to make. After assessing what is really wrong and doing whatever responsible thing is needed to take care of yourself, you need to decide how to handle the fact you don't feel well.

I am a fan of staying in bed and sleeping. If I am forced to fess up I will admit that there are times I hope to get sick so I can sleep for a few days. (Is that evil or what???) As we all know, there are times when that just isn't a choice we have. Some days we have to get on with our lives even if we are in pain and miserable.

Some days we have to feel the pain and do it anyway.

Knowing that we all go through this, it only makes sense to have a plan. Don't get me wrong, I don't think it should be a big plan...I mean really, who wants a big plan when you are sick? I just think we need to know how we are going to handle it when we are down and flat out.

Unfortunately, I have had a lot of opprotunity to practice this concept over the last few months, and here is what I have come up with:
  1. Minimize - Now is not the time to add to your list of things to get done.  Only do what can not be put off for another day.
  2. Prioritize - Start doing what must be done in order of importance or deadline.  That way, if your energy gives out you will have taken care of the most important items.
  3. Rest/Repeat - Don't push too hard.  In the long run you will be down longer if you exhaust yourself.  Taking time to heal your body should be on your to do list...right at the top
Now that we have that out of the way, we all know there are times we have to suck it up and take care of business, no matter how sick we are.  I suggest following the previous rules, do the smallest amount possible and conserve energy. Get in, get it done, and get out.  When you are healthy everything is easier and your productivity will be back to normal.

So go get 'em tiger...

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