I have experienced this road block with both minor and major bouts of illness, so I’m here to give you some tips on how to stay productive even when you are ill, in preparation for the months full of illness ahead.
Now a major part of this depends on your own immune system and how ill you are. Some of you may be going through a major illness or battle with a condition that you may have, for example I battled with my skin condition for a week in hospital and months afterwards. Or, on the other hand, you may have a minor sickness or cold that’s just getting you down.
Obviously, you are the person who can determine this and first thing at the top of the list is to make sure that your recovery is your priority. No matter how much work you have to do before certain deadlines, nobody wants you to make yourself worse just for the sake of the work. If you are dealing with something major and you need to go into hospital then your tutors in school or university should be more than understanding of your circumstances.
If you are a person who can maybe take one day off working to rest and then be perfectly fine the next day then I recommend that you do that, losing one day is far better than not feeling right for a week.
Even if this is the case, I personally think that the best thing to do is to do little tasks to stay motivated and productive. Even if you are someone who needs one rest day it can be very annoying and disheartening to have to sit around the house doing next to nothing. So I suggest just doing little things instead of trying to tackle one huge task.
This can also be anything you want it to be. You can do little tasks of preparation for university work rather than sitting down to write an entire essay, or you could just write one paragraph and see how you feel. Or on the other hand, you could do tasks around the house, like the little things that get forgotten such as wrapping (or planning) Christmas presents/cards, tidying rooms etc.
Or you could do little personal tasks that you want to get done but never seem to have the time for anymore. This can fit very well into giving yourself a break day to feel better as you could catch up on things to watch that have been piling up, do a drawing that you’ve had the idea of doing for a long time, make progress in that video game you bought a long time ago.
All of these little things, even the ‘me-time’ ones that aren’t really related to school or university, can help you feel better about yourself even when you’re feeling ill. They can give you sense of achievement that you’ve managed to get something done even when you’re ill and they can even help push your motivation along to get a few more things done than you would have originally planned to do.
To conclude, if you’re ill your main priority should be getting better because your health and happiness is the most important thing. But if you need some help in the happiness department, because it’s not the nicest feeling when you think you can’t get what you need to do done, doing little things can really help.