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There’s no denying it… Managing an online business, your blog, and multiple social media accounts can get pretty overwhelming.
With so much that needs to be done, it can be hard to keep up with everything. And it can sometimes leave you feeling stressed! But guess what? It doesn’t have to be that way!
To make things a little easier for you, I’ve created a to-do list with everyday tasks for your biz so you can set yourself up for success. And the best part is that you can do it all with ease!
10 Everyday Tasks for Your Biz
These tasks are all things I do every single week day. They ensure I’m making progress within my business and staying organized. Of course, you can always adapt these tasks and add your own if needed. But these are some basics I feel we should all be implementing:
1. Review Your Big Picture Goals
I know what you’re thinking… Why do I need to review my goals every single day?
Here’s a better question for you: why wouldn’t you?
Personally, everything I do within my business needs to have a purpose. Every action I take is somehow getting me one step closer to reaching those bigger goals I’m dreaming of. I don’t want to waste time working on something that isn’t going to get me where I’m trying to go. And you shouldn’t either. You should get smart about your tasks.
By reviewing your goals every day, you’ll always have that reminder of what you’re working toward. It’s your opportunity to ask yourself if you’re moving forward in that direction. And if you’re not, you can make some adjustments to ensure you are. You don’t want to waste your precious time, remember?
Related: How to Set Goals & Achieve Them
2. Read & Respond to Emails
Odds are, you’re getting a lot of emails in your inbox on a daily basis. There will be various notifications (new blog comments, social media recaps, etc.), pitches from brands and other bloggers, and even emails from your clients.
And if you don’t make time to check your email on a regular basis, things get a little out of control.
That’s why a email time needs to be one of your everyday tasks for your biz. Otherwise, you’re going to be way too afraid to open your inbox each day.
My advice is to block off time in your calendar to tackle your emails daily. Depending on how busy your inbox is, you may need to schedule multiple email time blocks. Many of you might want to check your email morning, midday, and in the afternoon before you head out of the office. Others might find you only need to check your emails once or twice per day. It’s still important to schedule in, but do so in a way that works for you.
3. Record Your Income
If you aren’t currently recording your income on a daily basis, I highly encourage you to do so! I know it might seem like yet another task on your never-ending to-do list, but it’s a great opportunity for you.
By recording your income daily, you can reflect on how much you’ve made and take the time to express gratitude for what you’ve earned. This is something I learned from Get Rich, Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffield-Thomas.
She says to write down your daily income, any gifts you received, money you’ve found in the streets, discounts you received, etc. Then, take a moment to feel grateful for it because it allows more of those good things to flow your way.
Denise’s Lucky Bitch app for iOS is perfect for doing this! It’s something I use every single day and I love it.
4. Respond to Comments on Your Online Content
It’s so important to take time to reply to the comments you receive on the content you create. Whether it’s your blog post, a YouTube video, or something else… People love when they get a response! It makes them feel heard and appreciated.
Before you rush out of the office each day, take a few minutes and reply to any comments you’ve received. It’s one of those simple everyday tasks for your biz that can go a long way in building relationships with your audience. It shows them you care, which will make them more likely to stick around.
5. Share Content on Social Media
This task is something that can actually be completed once a week or even once a month. You don’t have to sit down every day and schedule fresh social media content. Doing so ahead of time will free up your schedule to focus on other things. However, it’s on this list because you need to make sure you have social media content going out daily. Consistency is key when it comes to social media.
Fill up your favorite scheduler’s queue with plenty of your content so you’re always directing people back to your website. It’s also an opportunity to share whatever you’re currently promoting since it can help generate sales. This is your chance to make sure your social media platforms are working for you!
And to really get the most of your social media efforts, use an affordable tool like SmarterQueue, which repurposes your content. It build a content library of all your posts and recycles them so your queue never runs empty. That earns this task a guaranteed check mark every single day.
6. Document on Your Instagram Stories
If you’re a big fan of Gary Vaynerchuk (like I am), you’ve probably heard him say, “Document, don’t create.” And if you haven’t, well, you need to read this blog post of his.
If you want people to start listening to you, you have to show up. What I mean by this is, there are a lot of you out there who aren’t producing enough articles or videos or pieces of content that you should be produced to build your influence. Too many ‘content creators’ think that they only have one at bat – they have to make the one, most beautifully created video or image or rant on Facebook.
But what they don’t realize is that their hunger to make the perfect piece of content is what’s actually crippling them.
It’s true that if you want to be seen or heard on social media, you have to put out valuable content on a regular basis. You should be doing a YouTube vlog or podcast or some sort of long-form audio/video series at least once a week. You should be posting on Instagram and/or Snapchat Stories at least 6-7 times a day.
By documenting, you’re going to be able to effectively build your personal brand. People get to see you and connect with you in a whole new way. And that’s a game-changer when it comes to growing your business. It helps you gain exposure and it builds that Know, Like, and Trust Factor with your target audience.
One of the best places to document, as Gary said, is through Instagram Stories. If your audience is on Instagram and they’re watching Stories, you need to be there too. And I know you’re probably thinking you have nothing worthwhile to post. Well, there’s no more excuses because I created this post of Instagram Stories ideas just for you.
Start documenting. And I challenge you to never let your Instagram Stories go empty.
7. Engage on Social Media
It’s crucial that you’re spending time interacting with your followers on social media. That’s a key way to build a long-term, loyal relationship with them. And it’s going to pay off big-time when you have something they’re interested in purchasing.
There are a couple of ways I’d encourage you to increase your engagement efforts:
- Ask questions to get the conversation flowing. This works will on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For example, on Instagram you can share a question in the caption of your post. Or you can use your Instagram Stories to share polls or ask people to DM you with their thoughts.
- It’s also smart to spend time engaging with the content other people are sharing. If you see something you love on Twitter or Facebook, leave a reply and share it with your audience. On Instagram, search your favorite hashtags and start leaving comments on posts.
8. Express Gratitude for Things From Your Day
Because I’m all about that high-vibing mindset, I think it’s worth including a little gratitude session on this to-do list. As I already mentioned, when you express gratitude for the amazing things in your life, you attract more to be grateful for.
To do this, grab a blank notebook and write down at least three things you’re grateful for at the end of each day. Feel that gratitude as you record each item on your list. You might be thankful for signing a new client, the customers who bought your online course, your grandmother for fixing you dinner, or even for the sunshine and the warmth it brings.
While you’re at it, you can even jot down some accomplishments from the day. No matter how big or small, it’s important to celebrate the things you’ve achieved. It makes you feel good and shifts your mindset in an instant. It’s a major pick-me-up whenever you have an off day.
9. Learn Something New
The next of the everyday tasks for your biz is to learn something new. I included this because I think it’s important that we always expand our knowledge. No matter how much you think you know, there’s always more to learn. And there’s always room for improvement. However, you can’t learn and grow if you aren’t taking action.
How you choose to learn is totally up to you. You can read an informative blog post, watch a YouTube video, listen to a podcast, or kick back with a book. There are so many resources at your disposal and it’s important to take advantage of that.
One great way to go about this is to choose a new topic each week that you’d like to learn something about. Then, make it your mission to find a variety of resources on that topic. If you find your days are quite full, you can do what I do and block off personal development time whenever you can spare an extra 30 minutes to one hour.
10. Create Tomorrow’s To-Do List
Before you wrap up for the day, there’s one more thing you should start doing. And that is to write down your to-do list for the next day. The reason I love doing this is because you can sit down tomorrow and know exactly what you need to work on. So, that means you can jump right into work.
Otherwise, you’d waste time in the morning figuring out what you should be working on! And that simply isn’t productive. Try creating a to-do list of your top three tasks for the following day and you’re sure to get things off on the right foot. This can be done on a cute notepad or in your favorite project management tool. (I love Trello!)