Working for yourself and especially from home isn’t always easy. It takes a lot of discipline, patience, persistence and a big drive to succeed.
In this post, I want to share a schedule you can follow to help you grow your online business one day at a time. Plus, you’ll be able to download a printable version for you to follow.
Don’t get too caught up with the ‘ridiculously simple’ part of this blog post. It’s simple in that the way it’s structured which makes it actionable and bite-sized, not to say that the methods aren’t effective.
I kind of learned the hard way. I used to visit the nearest book store to buy a new book on time management or productivity. What ended up happening instead was overwhelm and complication.
Time management should be simple. It shouldn’t be difficult.
On top of that, I used to download a ton of different to-do apps and tools on my iPhone, Mac and tried several methods on better managing my time and schedule.
Sure enough what I had learned helped in some way or another, but I really just wanted a simple schedule I could follow.
There’s No Secret
Even with time management, there really is no magic pill as we all sort of wish for.
What can drastically help you though is to have a schedule you can follow. A day-to-day schedule which you can look over and simply go through each task one at a time.
Doesn’t that sound so much better than having 50 different things on your list of “things to do”?
I don’t know about you, but I get so much more done by sticking to a schedule, and one that’s realistic to follow.
So that’s what this resource and post is about — to provide you with a schedule you can follow.
How To Use The Ridiculously Simple 5 Day Business Growth Schedule
The schedule is organized into days – from Monday to Friday.
For each day, there’s a specific focus. For example, on Tuesdays you’re going to focus on Traffic Generation. Each focus is targeted to helping you build your business.
Next, under each day, you’ll find a list of different tasks you can do.
Note: Don’t attempt to do ALL of the tasks in one day. That’s not what it’s about. Simply select THREE tasks. That’s it.
The reason why is because you don’t want to fry your brain and crash and burn. Perhaps, you might be able to do it all if you don’t get any sleep, but then you’d be considered a workaholic 🙂 Nonetheless, stick to just THREE tasks for each day.
Ridiculously simple enough 🙂 ?
Here it is:
Monday: Content & Product Creation
It’s Monday, a fresh start to the week. Content is king. Start the week off by cranking out that content.
As I mentioned before, choose just three (3) tasks for each day. No more or you’ll burn yourself out.
CHOOSE ANY 3 TO DO TODAY:
- Write a new blog post: 500 – 1,000 words in length. What is a blog without content? Be consistent with your posting schedule. Readers want to be able to come back to see what’s new. Give them what they want.
- Record a video or two and upload to YouTube. It doesn’t have to be as daunting as recording yourself. Simply whip out a screen recording tool like Jing, click record then upload.
- Record a new podcast. Podcasts can bring in a nice extra stream of traffic. You’re also targeting a different type of audience – those who like to consume while on the go. You can take a look at my podcast via iTunes to get an idea. You can also find podcasting resources and tools I use for podcasting on the Resources page.
- Write a newsletter and add it to your autoresponder sequence. Internet marketers always want to build a list but a lot of them don’t give enough attention to adding a new autoresponder message and placing it in the sequence. If you wrote 52 messages, you’d have content for a whole year, all hands off.
- Write at least a chapter or two for your new report or ebook. Whether you’re creating a free report to giveaway or an eBook you want to sell, begin writing a chapter or two so that you can get it out there.
- Write an article or two and submit to top article directories such as EzineArticles.com, ArticleCity.com and ArticleBase.com. You can also outsource articles using iWriter.com.
Tuesday: Traffic Generation
CHOOSE ANY 3 TO DO TODAY:
- Establish and build relationships. Connect with people in your industry. Join Google+ Communities in your niche and introduce yourself. Say Hello. Get to know your community.
- Build your credibility and authority. Similar to the above, go to where your crowd is hanging out such as blogs and forums related to your niche. Contribute and post a valuable comment on their blog. In forums, respond and help others. What you want to do is establish yourself as an expert and the go to source for information in your niche.
- Find a potential list owner and do an ad swap. What this means is you promote his/her offer while he/she does the same for you. This will bring in instant traffic to your site and lots more subscribers.
- Social media marketing. Post a tip, quote or image on your Facebook Page, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. I like to automate the posting of my messages using HootSuite. Here’s another tip: After each message, put in “More Tips? http://YourURL.com”. That URL should go to your opt-in page so that they can sign up to your newsletter.
- Create a Squidoo Lense that’s keyword targeted.
- Create a HubPage that’s keyword targeted.
- Look for more ways of generating traffic. Go to other blogs, watch videos and check out what traffic generation tips they are sharing. Model what and how others are generating traffic.
- Integration marketing. Find other sites related to your niche. Approach the website owner and negotiate a win/win integration where you place his/her offer on your site and vice versa. You could also offer your report, ebook, video or any other content as a bonus to someone else’s product. That way, whoever purchases his/her product will also get yours too.
- Submit your eBook to eBook directories. Watch this tutorial on how I’m getting over a hundred visitors a day by giving away my eBook.
Wednesday: Optimize And Improve
Heard of a quote that says: “You don’t have to get it right, just get it going”?. Well, this is the part where you make adjustments to the content, site, tool or app you produced which you got going.
Today’s all about optimizing, improving, tweaking and fine-tuning. Which ever word resonates better for you.
CHOOSE ANY 3 TO DO TODAY:
- Optimize your sales copy. Are you testing your headline? Offer? Benefits? An A/B split-test is the easiest way to test and track your sales copy. You can do this using Google Analytics (free) or VisualWebsiteOptimize (paid).
- Optimize your landing page. Test your headline, graphical elements, call-to-action, opt-in form, etc.
- Optimize your pay-per-click ads.
- Optimize your blog posts for search engines. You can use plug-ins such as All In One SEO Pack to insert custom meta titles, descriptions and keywords for each blog post.
- Optimize your processes and systems. If you’re doing a task more than twice, it needs to be recorded and documented so that you can delegate the work. If you’ve already got everything systemized, there’s always room for improvement.
- Improve your autoresponder messages. With certain autoresponder services such as AWeber, you can check the reports for Open Rates and Click-Thru Rates. If an email in your autoresponder sequence is getting low open rates, it’s time to improve your subject line. If it’s getting a lot of opens but low clicks, improve your body message.
- Improve your blog design and layout. There’s always something that could be improved in your site, especially a blog. Make it more user-friendly, de-clutter what is uneccessary, add new elements to your page to make certain things more visible and so on. OptimizePress is an awesome WordPress theme that makes it easy to add graphical elements, headlines, bullets, order forms and more.
- Improve customer support. What better way than to improve your customer support. Perhaps you could prepare or rework your response templates or pre-defined replies or add more articles to your knowledge base? Review your staffs’ replies?
- Review feedback left from visitors/customers and make adjustments accordingly.
Everyone has some admin tasks to do. This is the day to do it.
CHOOSE ANY 3 TO DO TODAY:
- Reply to blog comments. You don’t need to respond to every single comment, but just acknowledge and respond to any questions on your blog. Your readers want to know you’re active and ready to help.
- Manage your email. De-clutter, set filters and respond to emails you haven’t responded to.
- Accounting and bookkeeping. Entirely unnecessary if you’ve outsourced this.
- Review sales. Which products sold the best so far, this week? Who were your top customers? You can find these sorts of stats using Putler.
- Backup and organize your files and websites. This should actually be a mandatory task to do. With many great tools out there, you don’t necessary need to do much to backup your files and websites. I use BackBlaze to automatically backup every single file and/or any changes to the files. In addition, I use DropBox to store and backup files. You also want to keep backups of your backup on an external physical drive.
- Organize your autoresponder. Clean up your list, delete unused autoresponder campaigns, create automation rules and update signature files.
Friday: Do As You Please But Don’t Be A Duff
I know, I know. it’s Friday, the last day of the work week for some, and you’re probably more fired up to socialize and have after work drinks or dinner but before you go ahead and have fun use this day to catch up on things and review the week. As the title suggests, don’t be a duff 🙂
CHOOSE ANY 3 TO DO TODAY:
- Research and learn something new. Catch up on your favorite blogs, YouTube channels, podcasts, book or newsletters.
- Look for tools or apps to make your business better. If you can take a few minutes out of your day to research for tools/apps to make life easier, why not do it?
- Review the week. How did your sales go? How ’bout your customers? Any complaints? Refunds? Have you completed all tasks for the week? If not, use this day to get it done.
- Plan the next week. If you can list down what you’re going to do next week, all you need to do then is follow it.
It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
Obviously, you don’t want to follow the same routine for the rest of your online business. In fitness, people cycle their workout routine every four weeks. Overtime your body adapts to the amount of intensity and endurance, so it’s always good to cycle your routine. You’re not only going to continue challenging yourself, you also won’t get bored!
Use the same concept so that you can stimulate your brain and condition it to sort of think outside the box.
So there you have it. A 5 day schedule you can follow to help you finally move your online business forward. Hope you’ll make use of it!
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