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TGIM: Sick Days

Welcome to this weeks TGIM – Thank God It’s Monday.

I missed last weeks TGIM unfortunately, as I was up late on Sunday watching the Cowboys/Jets and decided to take the day off on Monday. Unfortunately after the week I’ve had I don’t think I’ll be missing TGIM ever again, because karma came after me and gave me the worst week of my life. Well, it was either skipping TGIM or running over that hobo that gave me bad karma, but I’m pretty sure it was skipping TGIM.

Seriously what a crappy week. Took the day off Monday, and started playing the amazing new game for XBox, Deus Ex. Seriously, 2nd best game after Fallout 3. Then I went out for beer and wings with my brother in law to watch Monday Night Football. I also made ridiculous comebacks in both my Fantasy Football leagues to win both, when I had written them both off.

Yep I was flying high on Monday…

…then Tuesday happened.

Woke up feeling great, took the kids to school, came back home and started sneezing a little. One hour later I was completely out of it with a nasty viral infection, which resulted in bronchitis. I’m still coughing up a lung today, which really sucks, and I was unable to do any work at all over the past week. It was a chore just to get to my e-mail.

On top of that, my Blackberry died. Just gave me the “White Screen of Death” which was awesome. If you have a Crackberry, you know that these little bastards basically become part of your life. I feel so bloody lost without mine.

Then my Sportsbook affiliate accounts – UGH. Sometimes it’s good to have whales, and sometimes it really sucks hard. One affiliate account over this weekend went in the red for $25k, and I’ll most likely have to write off any income from that one until at least Christmas.

There were more crappy things that happened this week, but no point crying over spilt milk or dwelling over the negatives. It’s Monday, I’m on the road to recovery, let’s ROCK.

I’ve got a lot of work to catch up on this week, so this weeks edition is short and sweet:

Sick Days

When you work for someone else in a 9-5 job, sick days are a wonderful thing to have. Sometimes you’re not even sick, and just want to play hookey! Other times – well you’re sick as hell, going through kleenex like it’s going out of style and stuck in the bathroom all day. But things could be worse – you could be at WORK!

Of course it’s different when you’re an internet marketer, someone that works from home and actually ENJOYS their job. Taking days off work can suck but it’s something you really have to do. I know many people who would work through illness – hell I used to be like that. If you’re going to be laying in bed then you might as well grab out the netbook and start writing content, or get on skype or whatever right?

You really shouldn’t do that though – when sick you really need rest, rest and more rest. And doing work in your bed as opposed to your Aeron doesn’t really count as rest, sorry.

So what you need to do is get yourself organized so that at the drop of a hat, you can drop everything for a few days to a couple of weeks.

You just never know what’s around the corner, and what’s going to disrupt your work. I’ve had various work disruptions this year. From illness, to my best friend dying, to last-minute vacation plans.

What you need to do to be able to handle these disruptions is be organized.

Think about it – right now, at the drop of a hat, could you abandon everything you have for a couple of weeks? I know a lot of affiliates who couldn’t. I actually spoke to a few people who wouldn’t go to the Barcelona Affiliate Conference because they were “too behind on work”. Yet what if something comes up that forces you to be away from the computer for the next couple of weeks?

Get organized. Keep your inbox up to date. Outsource or have backups for the day to day tasks.

That way you can make that time off really count.

And Just Remember…

No matter how many obstacles get in your way or making you feel down, you just have to persevere.

Just ask this guy:

Have a great week!

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This article, as are all articles on, was written by Graeme aka "Dealer Dan". Graeme currently resides in Kingston, Ontario and has been running his own internet marketing business since 1996.

This article was written on September 19, 2011 however all articles are looked at on a monthly basis and updated to keep them relevant.

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