Why It's Important to Take Time Off While Being Sick

Right now, I'm learning a lesson in humility.  This past weekend I became ill with a cold and a nasty cough.  I felt weak.  My throat was sore.  I didn't sleep throughout the night since I constantly woke up coughing.  Being the tough guy I usually think I am, I went into work yesterday thinking it was no big deal.  I wanted to show off that I was a hardcore employee dedicated to my job, but that's not how it worked out. 

The whole day seemed like a daze.  I was pretty focused, but at times I wasn't as focused as I usually am (obviously).  Sometimes what I said wasn't as clear as I intended. I also made simple mistakes that any other day I would consider careless.  When I felt fine, I pushed myself to get more done, but then ended up so tired that I felt like I was dying. 

I was so fatigued last night that I reluctantly took today off.  It ended up being a gift to me.  I actually got to sleep in and rest in the comforts of home.  I'm still under the weather, but I'm rejuvenated enough to tackle everything at work tomorrow.

I guarantee that tomorrow I'll be more focused, productive, (and WAY happier) than yesterday and today combined.

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