I’m feeling sick today. Kind of like my head weighs five times the rest of my body. I should probably be in bed right? I also need to get a bunch of stuff done… check drawings, release drawings, write posts, paint the trim, trim the hedges…. BRING IT ON.

That’s right, I don’t like it anymore than anyone else, but there’s just some things that back you into a corner and start wailing unffectionately on you, like getting sick. And it doesn’t help if you actually need to get some things done.

However, there’s ways around these unfortunate times when your desire to beat the tar out of life is beating you. Here’s how you can look it in the eye, assume the stance and do a sickly looking, flying roundhouse kick right in it’s face.

Pitch PMA out the window
It’s got nothing to do with the power of positive thinking or that Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) crap. It’s what you do, when you have to do it. Now, I’m realizing if I can do this while I’m sick, there’s no reason why I can’t do it when I’m well. It’s almost like this is a way of getting you out of the routine that could be making your ‘job’ less interesting than you like. KICK IT.

Laugh after every cough or sneeze.
There’s not much more that is 3D than a 80 mph sneeze shooting out of your swollen head – the perfect time to get even more 3D about it and project those vocal through the office. So what, people will look at you. You’re feeling lousy, but getting stuff done. Make it interesting by hitting something along with it to make it sound extra enjoyable.

Talk to a friend
At work, school, on the phone, Twitter or whatever. Get some sympathy, have a laugh, get refocused. How is this applying 3D? Simple. You’re not living on a small, two-dimensional plain isolated from everyone else. You have friends, use and abuse their sense of “awwww, do you need a blanky and chicken soup?

Take a break and walk somewhere
Wow, an actual break? with walking? As in standing upright and moving about? Yes, get up and go outside. Stretch, jump, yell… even if you don’t feel like it. Experience your 3D world, like zooming about through your flat-screened model space. disconnect, dang it. Your sunken, bloodshot eyes will be especially thankful.

One word. Eucalyptus.
There’s no other herb or essential oil more 3D than Eucalyptus. Take a big ol’ sniff of this stuff and you’ll shoot happiness straight out your eyes. Always have some on hand to share with other depressing type sick people. No need to rub it on their chest, just flick some at there face when their not looking.

Get your favorite drink of choice
Drive that 5 extra miles to get that Starbucks or other coffee (or tea) of choice. There’s absolutely nothing like a sick person tanked up on high doses of caffeine. It’s simply like adding the perfect bit of detail or chunks of hardware to your 3D model that makes it pop like a caffeinated cough.

Have any other ways of dealing with the sick, the undead or those people that seem somewhere in between?
Excited image source: Flickr


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.