When you are an ill freelancer your day goes something like this:
You wake up needing to stay in bed, but drag yourself out knowing there is work to be done
Get on your best blankie / jumper / cardie and snuggle at your desk
Work at 50% capacity, but know at least you’re working
Drink more hot orange / blackcurrant / dubious self-made infusions than coffee
Wish you could taste the coffee
Eat cake (it’s allowed, you’re ill)
Take an elongated break to watch your latest box set
Wonder how on earth you are going to meet your deadlines
Wish you were still doing the 9–5 so you could take a duvet day and still get paid
Search for more cake … or chocolate
Realise you’re just not getting into the ‘work’ thing
Sit at your desk and try to work, perhaps 25% productivity is ok?
Drink more concoctions
Make the coffee stronger
Eat more cake
Take another break, you’ll feel better soon
Realise again you’re just not getting into the ‘work’ thing
Give up and snuggle down for the duration
Then you finally realise that when you are a freelancer, and you are ill, you are better taking the day off and catching up when you feel better.
Here’s to all the freelancers around the world who work when they are ill, and to all the ones who finally give up and take a day off.
I’ve finally realised sometimes you just need to roll with it and give in.