Hello SOTGC community,
Like many of you, I recently came down with that nasty cold that’s been going around. As soon as I felt the symptoms: sore throat and itchy nose, I decided I was going to outsmart it this year. How would I do this you might ask? Through two things: I would start taking EmergenC like it was my full time job, and I would hit the gym really hard that day to sweat it out. So…it turns out the first part of my brainy idea was what you should do, and the second part was exactly the opposite of a good idea. I’m definitely not making it into MENSA if I keep coming up with things like that.
Three days later I was stuck in bed wishing one could file a restraining order against colds, flus, and any other bug that like to level you in the middle of a very busy work week…except the ones that make you so sick you can’t eat. At least then you can come back to work looking pale and dehydrated but at least wearing your skinny slacks.
And have you ever realized that, thanks to modern technology: laptops, wifi, cell phones with email access, etc, that “sick days” have turned into “internal cold calling” or “putting out ad hoc fires day”? I don’t know about you but I sat around most of the 2 days I was too sick to be seen in public, trying to set up meetings, do email follow ups, and pretending that the Nyquil I was taking WASN’T impairing my ability to articulate like a grown adult.
I guess the purpose of this rant is that sometimes it takes getting taken out by the common cold to realize how much we typically accomplish in one day. That sometimes it might be best for all to TRULY take that sick day off to rest and recoup your energy and know that while you may open your laptop to 100 emails the following day, at least you’ll have the clear head to be beneficial to the task at hand…and to remember that even though you may not be showing up to work sneezing and coughing all over everyone…that calling them to work on projects while you sound like a train ran through your voice box isn’t that much more helpful.