We know it’s tempting to stretch a holiday from one or two days to a full week. Family is home, there are things to prepare for the holiday and it’s a great time to relax and recharge for the next week.
We say, “Don’t do it. Go into the office to get some work done!” This is what we recommend you do Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week.
- Monday—clean off your desk and clean out your office /cubicle. Have a large trash can handy because you will need it. Make a stack of important papers, order copies, Post-It notes and review your messages that require follow-up. Return samples to the showroom and refile catalogs. Disinfect your desk, phone, and calculator. Have lunch with co-workers and let them know how thankful you are for their help and friendship.
- Tuesday—late start today! Review your stack of papers from Monday for follow-up. Touch these papers only once, listing to-do’s, calls and questions. These papers are heading for the trash or recycling can after one touch. When you are finished with this task, next review all of your pending orders and make sure they are on track for holiday delivery. Contact your clients to wish them a happy Thanksgiving and assure them their holiday orders are moving along as scheduled.
- Wednesday—this is a half-day!! Your office is clean, your holiday orders are on track, you contacted key clients and enjoyed lunch with your co-workers. Make your to-do list for the Monday after Thanksgiving so you will hit the ground running when you return to the office. At the top of a legal pad, write “Sales Plan”. You will start on this on December 1st.
Enjoy the rest of the week with your family and friends. We will get into your Sales Planning process soon in another post! Remember that a plan is just a dream until you write it down!