How many selling days do you have?


 


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1. What does a business week look like for me – based on when my customers work?

 

2. How much time off do I want to take to recharge (some people may call this “vacation” and feel guilty about it… I look at it as necessary time for me to be the best at what I do when I am working).

 

3. When do my customers have holidays scheduled (see below)? Do any of their holidays coincide with when I will be recharging?

 

4. When I look back at the past 2 years, how much time did I spend on non-work activities UNEXPECTEDLY (illness – mine or others, emergencies, calling hours/funerals, appointments, etc)? Are there any new things that I need to take into consideration (ie: new baby, parents or spouse with health issues, etc)?

 

5. Skill improvement time – how much time will I use to become better at what I do this year?

 

6. How many days am I going to spend planning instead of selling (like today I’m working on my business plan, which I do one day every month)?

 

 

 

 

For easy reference, here are the 2009 Canadian & US Federal Holidays

 

Thursday, January 1                  New Year’s Day                                     both

Monday, January 19                  Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.          US

Tuesday, January 20*                Inauguration Day                                   US

Monday, February 16                 Washington’s Birthday                           US

Friday, April 10                          Good Friday                                         Canada

Monday, April 13                       Easter Monday                                      Canada

Monday, May 18                       Victoria Day                                          Canada

Monday, May 25                       Memorial Day                                        US

Wednesday, July 1                    Canada Day                                          Canada

Friday, July 3**                         Independence Day                                US

Monday, September 7               Labor/Labour Day                                 both

Monday, October 12                  Thanksgiving Day                                  Canada

Monday, October 12                  Columbus Day                                      US

Wednesday, November 11         Veterans Day                                        US

Thursday, November 26             Thanksgiving Day                                  US

Friday, December 25                 Christmas Day                                      both

Saturday, December 26             Boxing Day                                           Canada

 

* Some federal workers in the DC area will have the day off

** Independence Day is on Saturday this year so the federal government is giving workers the Friday before off.

 

If you have a regional focus, don’t forget to check their holidays too, here are some additional dates I found in New England and Canada:

 

Thursday, February 12               Lincoln’s Birthday                      CT

Monday, February 16                 Family Day                               AB, ON, SK

Monday, February 16                 Town Meeting Day                     VT

Tuesday, March 17                    Evacuation Day                         MA

Monday, April 20                       Patriots’ Day                             ME and MA

Wednesday, June 17                 Bunker Hill Day                          MA

Monday, August 3                     Civic/Provincial Day                  Many regions in Canada

Monday, August 10                   Victory Day                               RI

Monday, August 17                   Bennington Battle Day               VT

Wednesday, November 11         Remembrance Day                    Many regions in Canada

Friday, November 27                 Thanksgiving Friday                   US

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