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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?