What if you didn't work? Can you work 30 days? Do you have an emergency plan? Luckily I have my husband tore his Achilles tendon. What was initially diagnosed as an injury that could be remedied by physical therapy turned into surgery and a month cannot strain his ankle.
Think of everything you do with both feet. Now consider how difficult your mobility would be if you only used one foot. For one thing, falling would be a real problem. In my husband's situation, I had the choice of either hiring a nurse or becoming one – I chose the latter. Since I was unable to work for 30 days, I had to implement my emergency sales plan. Fortunately, I was prepared beforehand.
There are three important points to consider when developing your own plan:
After your ability to work has ceased, it is not time to tackle technological solutions. You should be more willing to implement technology tools if your time and skills are limited.
I had meetings before my work situation changed, so I changed my meetings to Webex meetings. When I had a hand injury myself and couldn't type on my laptop, I learned how to use speech recognition software. Excellent speech recognition software is integrated in Android and iOS. Learn how to use these tools now before you need them. You don't want to learn the technology on a day when you feel overwhelmed to care, or in a brain fog. Learn the technology now.
No matter where you work, keep in mind that your phone is an excellent sales tool. You can easily pick up the phone to call customers and prospects instead of making face-to-face sales calls. When you call your customer, explain the situation you are in. You may even find out more about your prospects and customers on the phone than during a typical sales call.
Let's make it clear here: it is not your job to sacrifice your personal recovery for your customers. However, if you can continue to work during this time and explain your situation to your customers, the empathy they feel for you could strengthen your business relationship (and possibly even lead to more sales). The fact that you took the time to call your customers during care or recovery shows your personal concern for them.
You heard the phrase "first things first". However, if your time and skills are limited, your new phrase should be "Just the Most Important". Other less critical tasks can wait until your schedule is back to normal; Now is the time to go through your to-do list and determine what is important and what is not.
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