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Maxvoltar - Things learnt while sick

Maxvoltar is the personal weblog of Tim Van Damme, a freelance interface designer at Made by Elephant.

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Things learnt while sick

  • An optimistic mindset beats antibiotics every time.
  • Your body isn’t a machine.
  • There’s always a cause. For me it was weeks of really long workdays.
  • Being sick is the perfect excuse to do nothing, except for what you want. Sleep, Lego, TED-talks and movies are awesome. Even on holiday I couldn’t disconnect from work the way I did in the past 3 days.
  • Clients understand.
  • You should build a better fall-back for cashflow. The flu is just one thing, but what if you get into an accident, and aren’t able to work for a month? Are you prepared for that?
  • Being sick supercharges you. That underpaid project you agreed to do, but keep putting off? Done! Bring it on!
  • Grandma’s fresh tomato-soup and hot chocolate milk are the best things on earth.
  • Clients understand.
  • You should really quit smoking.


  • Inferis

    3648 days ago

    You don’t have kids. It shows. :D

  • Spencer Fry

    3645 days ago

    I still like to work when sick. :) I just do different things.

  • Dan

    3641 days ago

    Those are all true for me as well, except for the very last one (never started). Being sick allows me to relax, watch movies, and blog a little. Blogging and hot chocolate are perfect for those sick days.

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