5 things that you need to do every day for your blog or business
5 things that you need to do every day for your blog or business
10 minutes to read | 12.16.2020
TL;DR Start the day with a clear plan. Get a to do list together and prioritize your tasks to stay on track. Working on your social media every day will help build brand awareness, trust, and authority. Post on social media consistently. Reply to your messages to show your audience that you are available to them. Just don't let checking your messages get too distracting. Use ‘begin with the end in mind’. Picture achieving your goal and work out the steps to get there. You should try to do at least one thing every day to get you closer to your goal. Remember that it's okay to take breaks. In fact, breaks are a much needed part of good productivity. Go outside and take a walk!
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So, you’ve built a blog, you’ve added some content to it, and there have been a few visitors. You’ve shared your content on social media once or twice and have seen it in the search engine. It seems everything is all good. But, what about when you’re not creating content or scrolling through social media? Is there something else you could be doing for your website to make it even better? Perhaps a better question is: What little things should you be doing on a daily basis to make your blog or online business successful in the future? - That’s the question I’m sure you’re here to answer. And you’re not alone. Many people build a product or service and don’t know what to do afterward. I used to be the same way. A while back I did a lot of research on what daily things I should be doing to make my website better and more successful. I’m writing this post today to remind myself of those things. Sometimes we all need reminders. I wanted to reference this myself the next time I need to be reminded of what I need to be doing every day. I figured I’d share those things, hoping that people can take some tips away from it. Here are 5 things I do for Ninth Digital on a daily basis: Thing 1: Create a plan for the day I’ve found that if there is no clear plan on what to do that day, I’m not nearly as productive as I am when I have ten things I get to check off. The problem is without a plan or to-do list my day just becomes a free-for-all. I get some stuff done, but completely forget about other stuff I should have done. I also find myself having trouble starting any of the things that I need to do because I can’t figure out what my priorities are. And this is a huge problem that I needed to fix. A daily plan is a great tool to use to stay on track and prioritize all the things you need to get done. Having everything written down in front of you gives you exactly what you need to get started. If you read our post on beating procrastination, you know that creating a to-do list is one of the best ways to beat the habit. Creating a plan for your day can be done any time that works best for you. - However, many people, including some of us, make our daily plan the day before. We find having everything you just worked on fresh in your mind helps you figure out the next steps of your goals. Those next steps are what you do tomorrow. Try it tonight. Take 15 minutes of your time at the end of the day to write down all the stuff you need to do tomorrow. Whatever comes to your head, no matter how easy or hard. Then take another 5 minutes and prioritize those tasks. Make sure you have at least one thing you want to start with, and at least one thing you want to get done completely. You’re all set to get started tomorrow. After this becomes a habit, bump it up to completing two, three, four tasks per day. You’ll be surprised at how much more time you have to get things done when you aren’t trying to decide what to do all day. Thing 2: Work on your social media A big part of running a successful online business these days is to be on social media, so it’s no surprise that this is something that needs to be focused on every day. Your social media helps build brand awareness, authority, and trust within your community. - The main thing you need to remember is to post, and post often. This means maybe at least one tweet a day or every other day. Depending on your audience or niche, you may need more or less. The point is you need to post consistently. If people do come to your account, most won’t follow you if they see the last time you posted was a month ago. But, there’s more of a chance for them to follow you if they see you’re always posting relevant content. That doesn’t mean just post links to your blog posts. If you’re running out of ideas for social media posts look no further than your own content. Your content already has a plethora of little snippets of interesting information that your audience on social media likes you for. Start with your blog posts. Go through each one and get 5 to 10 snippets of content. These should be no longer than a tweet, so around 140 characters. These little snippets are what you should be sharing on your social media accounts. Spread them out and post them over the course of time. Even if you only have 10 posts on your blog, that’s between 50 and 100 new snippets of content that can be shared. And you never know when that one snippet is going to take off and get a bunch of shares. I remember tweeting something playful about Peyton Manning, after he had just won the Super Bowl back in 2016, from an account with only about 3,000 followers. This tweet ended up going somewhat viral getting thousands of retweets. Then even my last few tweets were getting retweets as well since people were looking through my account. All-in-all it was a lot of exposure. To get content for social media, start with your blog posts. Go through and get 5 to 10 snippets of content for each post. Keep them short, and informative or entertaining. - Thing 3: Reply to messages It’s almost a requirement at this point to get back to users, customers, or clients within one business day, especially when they have questions or need assistance in solving a problem. You should be replying to your messages every single day. Reply to these people even if you don’t have a solid answer yet, because a quick reply is a great way to build trust and loyalty with your users. That means responding to emails, texts, phone calls, contact form messages, even social media comments in a timely manner. You want your customers and clients to know that you value them. Don’t get too sucked in though. It’s easy to find yourself replying to everyone and losing track of your day. Try to set a time limit depending on how many customers you need to reply to. Only get 10 emails? Give yourself 15 minutes. Usually get 100 emails? Maybe you need to set aside an hour. But stick to your limit. Get the important messages out of the way. You can always come back later to reply to the rest. You may have to prioritize your messages, and decide whether some are worth responding to. Not every message needs a response, but most should.
Thing 4: Ask yourself what your goal is
What is your main goal? Picture this achieving this goal in your head. What steps are needed to make this happen? This is called ‘begin with the end in mind’. The idea is to picture achieving your end goal, and working backwards from there, figuring out each step needed to get there along the way. You should be doing at least one thing everyday that gets you closer to achieving your goal. - Let’s say your main goal is to run a successful blog. What are the steps you need to achieve this? Well, you need a blog to start. A successful blog is going to require some quality content, a website, domain name, web hosting, etc… This may seem overwhelming and unattainable at first, but that’s not the point. The point is to break your goal down into more realistic, manageable steps. The steps you come up with should be written down because these are the things needed to achieve that goal. Once you have plenty of steps written down, you can start organizing and prioritizing. You can break steps down even further into smaller, easier steps. They don’t all have to be done today, or tomorrow, and maybe your goal will take years, but the idea is that you know what you want, and you know how to get it. Keeping these steps written down and easy to reference will help you stay on track. Now, you just need to get started. Thing 5: Remember to take breaks Many people think that in order to create a successful online business or blog that you have to be constantly working. That’s not the case, though, and it might actually be worse for you. Working too much without taking a real break might cause burnout. If you’ve ever been burned out before, even the easiest tasks can seem like mountains of work. It’s no good for you, and it’s no good for your business. Many studies suggest that after about 90 minutes of productivity, the human brain needs about 20 minutes of rest to ‘charge up’. - But, everyone is different. Some people may get worn out after 60 minutes, or 30 minutes, and need a break. That’s totally okay. You need to find the amount of time that works for you. For example, I’ll set a timer on my watch for 45 minutes. During this 45 minutes, I try to knock off as many things on my to-do list that I can. When the 45 minutes is up, I’ll take a 15 minute break. I’ll walk my dog, or have a mini gaming session. Then I’ll repeat. The whole cycle is one hour long, so I can do this multiple times in a day until I’ve done what I need to. Speaking of walking my dog, did you know that walking is amazing? Even walking for just a few minutes per hour can boost your mood and thought. Walking has been shown to stimulate the parts of your brain that encourage creative thinking. Steve Jobs was a walker, Bill Gates is a walker, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Beethoven, okay, okay, you get it. Walking is good for you, so walk your dog, cat, mouse, or just yourself. If you work from home, you can also exercise there as well. Something like a kettlebell is perfect for small exercising sessions. Summarize Remember, it’s a good idea to build the habit of doing each of these things every day. Planning the next day’s tasks at the end of your work session will help you stay on track between each day. Your social media is important to brand awareness, so be sure to post often and consistently. Replying to your customers quickly, usually within one day, shows that you value their business and helps build trust. - Make sure you’re doing at least one thing each day to help achieve your main goal. Picture that goal, and write down all the steps you think you need to accomplish it. Don’t forget to step away from the work and do something else every once in a while. Your brain, and business, will thank you. And thank you to every human who shares this!
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