Small staff association leaders have the world on their shoulders. They work through vacations, family moments, and especially sick days because they’re just needed. If they don’t do it, it doesn’t get done. But association leaders still get sick, they still have emergencies, and they still need vacations. The work/life balance is incredibly crucial in keeping a sane, happy executive.
So say you wake up one morning feeling sick. Your first thought, “No I CAN’T be sick. I have so much to do!”
The first thing to do is realize that IT’S OK TO TAKE A SICK DAY. Again! Repeat after me! IT’S OK TO TAKE A SICK DAY. When you’re ill your body is working overtime to fight off whatever little nasty bugs have got ya. You’re sleepy, your head is fuzzy, and you are possibly contagious. Stay. Home. Take care of yourself.
The second thing is to call people and tell them you’ll be out. There might be a little grumbling or even a peep of a complaint, but try not to take that too close to heart. It’s just a side effect from you being so crucial. Update whomever you talk to on the status of your projects and what you were planning on doing today that was interrupted by illness. Tell them the new completion date, or give them the information needed if it’s something that must be done today.
Finally, go back to bed. Turn your phone off, close the laptop, get a cup of hot tea, and take it easy. Let yourself heal. If you wake up from a nap and you’re feeling more energized, maybe you can get some work done, but try not to feel like you have to work from home. The whole point of a sick day is so that you can have a day when you’re sick. That’s it. Rest is usually the best thing to cure what ails you, so let that happen!
You are the backbone of your association, and a lot of people depend on you, but you’re no good to anyone if your illness lasts a long time because you push yourself so hard!
Remember: IT’S OK TO TAKE A SICK DAY.