5 simple things I do each day that have drastically changed my business

I can’t do everything, everyday. I have to understand my own limitations in order to grow and move forward…we all do.  But, aside from client work or work that actually pays the bills, each day there are 5 things I do that have significantly improved my strategies, my organization and increased business.

  1. Top 6 priorities each day. Every night after I am finished for the day, the last thing I do is write these tasks on my white board, in order of importance. They are the tasks that I absolutely must get accomplished the next day. Everything from finishing a mockup, to sending a specific email. If it is one of my top priorities, it goes on the board. Many days, I am able to get more than these 6 done, but at the minimum, they must be accomplished.
  2. Send an email to one of my contacts (other than clients). In order to improve relationships with contacts, and potentially turn them into clients or referral sources, you need to stay connected. I send an email to someone who isn’t already a client every day. Whether it is a simple “how are you” or following up on a potential lead, I make sure that I am always staying involved. This has, in fact, led to contracts more than once.
  3. Write a blog post (even if it isn’t getting published that day). I am continually writing ideas and posts because the minute I stop, the minute I stop having a blog. This is the toughest on Monday’s because I usually take the weekend to relax…getting back into the swing of writing takes a little time. Monday, I usually only write in the evening. Consistent writing each day has provided me with a great backlog of content and drastically increased my skills.
  4. Tweet (even if it’s only a few times). Because twitter is such a large part of my business, this one is fairly easy. But, there are some days that I am more engrossed in what I am doing and I have to force myself to login and send out a few notes. Just like with the emails, making sure I stay active in social, makes sure that I am always there if someone needs me. And, they are more likely to think of me if they need someone with my skills.
  5. Turn everything off at night. We all need disconnect time, without it, we’d all be walking work zombies, and well, no one wants to work with a zombie. I make sure that every night, I disconnect for awhile to have dinner with my husband and spend some time catching up with him. While there are many nights that I go back to work later, I need that time without distractions…we all do! In addition, this leaves me more refreshed about my business each day because I am not burning the candle at both ends. When I am over worked or over tired, my quality of work is no where near as good.

What 5 things do you do each day that improve your business?

  • http://twitter.com/GerardoRitchey Gerardo Ritchey

    I’ve got a whiteboard in my office, where I write the things I must get through each day.

    Shutting everything off at night is good advice, even if I don’t follow it all the way myself. I have had strokes of genius at 4AM before, and been able to get up and bang away the computer for a few hours while it was still completely fresh in my mind. I have stopped making the mistake of going to sleep with a computer or phone in my bed.

    The one thing that I’ve done that boosted productivity like crazy, which for some people is unacceptable, is to only check email once each day, and stay off facebook and twitter except after like midnight. When I’m trying to get stuff done, it seems like these tend to break my focus rather than aid it.

    • http://www.wrightcreativity.com Kirsten Wright

      If I could stay off twitter and facebook, I would…but then again, they pay the bills (or rather, my clients that I am managing for pay the bills).

      I do agree with the email though, I have cut that down to checking it only 3 times a day (which has been hard, but totally worth it!)

  • http://www.ricardobueno.com Ricardo Bueno

    I’m using Teamly more and more these days to manage not only my own tasks, but tasks amongst my team members. Lately, this has helped me prioritize a lot.

    I used to use Highrise much more so than I do now to connect/follow up with random contacts the way you do. But now, I just use my email newsletter. I wrote an eBook in November featuring 8 top real estate agents and I give it away to anyone that opts in. I have a short drip campaign built in and follow up with folks weekly. I’ve seen this convert into my paid newsletter.

    How could I do more? I could probably make better use of my calendar :-) 

    • http://www.wrightcreativity.com Kirsten Wright

      My calendar is my life blood. I couldn’t survive without it! Other than that, I don’t use a lot of tools. I like having everything in one place (not across multiple websites).

  • http://www.jeffhester.net Jeff Hester

    Great tips, Kirstin. I use Things to keep my to-do list in order. It syncs between my Mac, my iPad and my iPhone. 

    I like your advice on emailing a contact. That’s something I will incorporate. Building relationships is essential to success in any endeavor. 

  • http://www.jeffhester.net Jeff Hester

    Great tips, Kirstin. I use Things to keep my to-do list in order. It syncs between my Mac, my iPad and my iPhone. 

    I like your advice on emailing a contact. That’s something I will incorporate. Building relationships is essential to success in any endeavor.