For the last year, I’ve been doing something really easy and basic that has made a huge difference in my business and blog.
And for a long time, I put it under the heading of “so obvious I don’t want to tell anybody about it because surely they’re already doing it.” But you know what? I’m going to err on the side of telling you something you already know.
So here’s what I do:
Every day I set a time for 20 minutes and engage in some ‘professional development.’
Maybe I clean up old sales pages or I read smart, helpful things (I love Copyblogger, Problogger, and Small Business Bonfire). I listen to Blogcast FM. I might read An Actual Book (!) or research the submission guidelines for a website I want to pitch. Regardless, I don’t really have a chance to get bored because it’s just 20 minutes.
Then, I set my timer for another 20 minutes and spend that time networking
I respond to comments on my blog and Facebook. I leave comments on blogs and find content I want to promote. I email people I admire and find companies I want to pitch. And juuuuuust as I’m about to lose interest and search for the newest yelling goat video, the timer rings.
Those 40 minutes a day really, really add up.
Do you have a daily ‘business improvement’ routine? Or just daily tasks that you work through? Tell us about it in the comments!