When you're sick, you're weak.

When you're weak, you can't do as much--or perform as well--compared to when you're at full strength. While I was sick this past week, I was unable to do any routine scheduling, reading, calls, writing or... well, really much of anything. This is where the following lessons come into play; lessons that can ensure your company keeps on in your absence.

1. Disconnect

According to a Pew Research report, 84 percent of cellphone users claim they couldn't go a day without disconnecting. Unfortunately, when you're sick, you don't have the luxury of choice. Staring at a screen, no matter the size, for more than a minute or two cause aches.

I had to keep everything off--lights, TV, phone, you name it--just to keep the aches at bay. But after a day or two of peace and quiet, I started to feel better. A whole lot better.

Turns out researchers at Kansas State University have determined that disconnecting, despite the increasing difficulty, is paramount to our recovery and health. My recommendation to you then would be to pick a time and discipline yourself to turn everything off at that hour, same time everyday.

My recommendation? Use that time instead for reading under a warm light, quiet relaxation or 1:1 socializing with loved ones at the dinner table.

2. Delegate

When I was sick, I slowed down... but my business didn't.

I was able to save time and get more done by delegating the appropriate tasks down the line to my assistants; these are tasks that I plan on continuing to delegate even now that I'm back to good health. Delegation helps you save time, get more done and improve overall efficiency thanks to a more balanced workload.

Sick or not sick, try and delegate more. Using a service like Upwork.com, you can hire competent virtual assistants to help you with scheduling and administrative work.

3. Prioritize

When you're sick, focus becomes difficult. When your attention wanes quickly, it's paramount that you ration your focus and attention as much as possible, for the highest priority tasks. For me, that meant--in between rest--sending just a few emails to my top clients.

When you're at peak energy and strength, it's easy to get caught up in the rustle and bustle of work. But not all work is equal. While I was sick, I still managed to lock in several large contracts and cement a few burgeoning business relationships. But that's the thing: that's all I did.

We tend to associate quantity of time spent with quality of time spent. If you prioritize right though, you can spend a small amount of time on something and it still creates a large impact. Therefore, ask yourself: what are the highest priority--meaning highest impact--tasks you can tackle this week and how long will they take to complete, in total?

Brian J. Roberts is a writer and former custom jewelry entrepreneur. He now helps companies grow through media and content consulting. Connect with him on Twitter.

Published on: Aug 31, 2017
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