COMPANY CULTURE / FEB. 25, 2015
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How to Get Back a Lost Sick Day

If you’re busy with work, the last thing you’ll want to do is take a sick day. However, if you do not take time to recover, you could end up losing even more time. If you are concerned about taking a day off, there is no need to worry. Everyone gets sick. No matter how well you take care of your health, there are some elements that are out of your control.

Your health is important, which is why your employer should understand. In fact, if you’re contagious, you could affect others in the workplace; which would be an even greater concern. If you operate your own business, then it is even easier to make up for lost sick time. Of course, you can never get back that exact sick day, but you can make up for it.

How to Catch-Up After a Lost Sick Day

When you’re sick and worrying, you can create additional stress on your body. It has been well established that if you’re sick, you should stay home. Not only will you be less than productive, but you can infect others. Instead of stressing out over your lost sick day, focus on these suggestions.

1. Make a To-Do List

When we stress about assignments that need to be completed, it’s typically due to a lack of time. When you manage your tasks more effectively, you can essentially implement an action plan. Make a list of everything that needs to be done. If you’re feeling up to it, you can even make this list in bed, as you skim through emails.

When you write everything down, you can visually see when various tasks need to be completed. There are so many benefits regarding a ’to-do’ list. The main benefit is prioritization. When all tasks are written out (even the most minor), you can focus your time on the most important tasks. This ensures that everything will be done on time. To-do lists also help combat further procrastination, as all the required tasks are sitting right in front of you. 

2. Avoid Multi-Tasking

To-do lists and multi-tasking tend to go hand-in-hand. Although it’s tempting to get a head start on everything, this is simply not as productive. When you try and tackle too many tasks, you will simply become overwhelmed. Less of your attention is focused on one specific task, making your time less productive.

If you focus on one task at a time, then you can get back into your regular routine before you know it. Depending on the amount of time you lost, focus on one or two tasks each day. Tackle the tasks that are most critical and get them out of the way.

3. Volunteer to Fill Shifts

If you work somewhere that has multiple staff members, make it known that you would like to make-up time. Spread the word that you’re willing to take shifts, if anyone is looking to get one of theirs covered. This will ensure an extra shift that you would not have normally had. At the end of the month, it would be as though you didn’t take a sick day at all. In fact, if you cover a couple shifts, you could make even more, than a month where you didn’t take any sick days.

4. Extra Hours When Working From Home

There are more and more individuals opting to work from home. If this is you, then you will need to motivate yourself. Perhaps you work an extra hour each day, making up for the time you lost. You can also put in extra time at night or on the weekend. Either way, you need to push yourself, as you’re in control of your hours.

So whether you’re self-employed or work for a company, there are ways to make-up for lost time. Remember, you need to motivate yourself. If you are motivated to get back that lost time, then you can most certainly achieve that goal. We all get sick, so do not feel guilty about taking a sick day. It is what you do after you recover, that makes all the difference.

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