Over the years I've spent many days working from my home office. One thing I have going for me is that my office office is much bigger than my cube!
Today was a little sobering since I'm not sure when I'll be back in the office, could it be two weeks, two months or the end of the summer? All uncharted territory for most of us in office equipment sales.
Today was the first day of our marching orders to work from home. However, I did have to make a trip to the office to get a few addition items to make sure I can be as productive as possible. By the time I arrived back at my home office (zero traffic) it was about 11AM.
I was plugging all kinds of stuff into outlets, then had to connect my MFP (A4) to my wifi (what a bear that was). Answered a few emails, sent a few emails and it was time for a lunch break. I tell you watching the news can be a real bummer especially when they're showing you the stock ticker in the same screen. The pain, the pain of not having what we once had in our 401Ks. The way I figure it is that I never really had it and there was bound to be a correction, but this correction really hurts. After lunch I decided it was a good time to walk our dog and get some fresh air. This entire being in the office all day is going to wear on me real quick. I like people!
After lunch I sent three emails and connected with three on-line meetings for tomorrow. BTW, I'm using ZOOM which is a free service for up to 40 minutes. At this point I'm still novice with ZOOM and just hoping I can get through a smooth meeting. At this time I'm still trying to figure out if I can share documents also. I'll be doing that first thing in the AM along with some prep work.
Most of my afternoon was spent putting the final touches and research for a large opportunity for a specialty print solution. I wasn't happy with just proposing one option thus I put in a few hours researching what I thought would be a great fallback option. Fallback options, how many of us have those planned out in advance? As salespeople we all know there's going to be some type of objection and what happens if the objection crushes your entire plan? I'm grateful that I learned how to play chess at a young age, that whole thought process of what happens next has allowed me to always have a fallback plan. Not saying it will work, but having additional options is always a good thing.
I then spent some additional time on Ricoh's intranet site watching some webinars that were that were on my to do list.
By late afternoon I was on the phone with one of my Ricoh reps and confirming some specs about my fallback option. AS I was ending the call my wife was telling me it's time for dinner.
All in all, I got quite a bit done today, thinking maybe this not being in the office may not be a bad thing at all. More to come tomorrow.