Once again I am reminded of how our personal productivity is determined by our energy and health status. Just prior to boarding a long haul international flight home recently, I got an upper respiratory tract infection. Almost forty hours of transit (complete with two delays) is not a tonic for recovery. Once home I deteriorated further and it has taken another ten days to start to feel well again.
During this time I tried to continue some level of productivity but both the quality and quantity were very ordinary. Household chores, gardening duties, errands and shopping for food were all just too difficult. Let alone any activity requiring brain power. Sleep was poor quality and appetite was likewise. The only plus was managing to lose about 2kg in body weight, but not a healthy strategy to achieve this.
Two take home messages for self:
- be more proactive in health management when my immune system is under threat due to stress (travel, sleep deprivation, poor nutrition, whatever);
- be more reactive in terms of recovery strategies (turn off computer and emails, give permission to sleep more, don’t deplete energy reserves and accept any help and advice from those around you).
Message for all of us:
- make sure your personal productivity goals have inbuilt contingency or reserve capacity in case of illness or some other factor. Packing you schedule with expectations and tasks will result in a cascade of complications when things don’t go so well, let alone being one of the reasons you get crook in the first place!
Now, must make a recurring diary note to self about this idea as when you are well it just seems logical that you will continue to be well – a default state we tend to take for granted until fate intervenes.