We all start the beginning of each year with 365 days.

To give you an example of how some salespeople can waste the better part of the year, I put together a few numbers below.

The sad comment is that a lot of the items, though they seem stupid, are closer to reality than fiction for some salespeople:

365         Total Days in a Year

– 104         Weekend days

– 12            Holidays

– 15            Vacation days

– 5               Sick / personal days

– 10            Company meeting days

– 50            Administrative office days

169         Remaining days to sell

– 10            First two weeks of the year spent preparing for the year!

– 12            “Busted days” — Days such as the short Thanksgiving Week, time between Christmas and New Year’s, etc.

– 35            Mondays — “because they just aren’t good days to reach customers because they’re busy getting ready for the week.”

– 35            Fridays — “because come the end of the week, the last thing a customer wants to do is talk to a salesperson.”

– 7               Computer/systems errors — those days that just pop up where the computer system is just not working right.

– 4               Arguing with the sales manager over the quarterly sales quotas.

– 3               Listening and complaining to HR about the compensation/benefit structure.

– 6               Complaining to anyone who will listen about “horrible” and “stupid” customers.

– 8               Complaining to other lazy salespeople about how stupid everyone else.

– 8               Spent in a “deep funk” worrying about not having enough time to sell.

41            Selling Days per Year

Is there any wonder the lazy salesperson can’t seem to make their numbers?

If you only had 41 selling days in a year, you wouldn’t make your number either.  The beauty is that you probably have some competitors who are pretty close to following this lay salesperson’s calendar.

That puts you in a sweet spot — as long as you aren’t subconsciously finding yourself doing some of the items listed above.

It’s a New Year and a great opportunity to get out in front of your competition.  How are you going to spend your time?

Copyright 2013, Mark Hunter “The Sales Hunter.” Sales Motivation Blog.


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