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12 Awesome Things You Should Do That Are Worth an Entire Day

By Nate McCallister / a couple of years ago
Productive Immersion

There are a number of tasks that can increase your productivity so much, that they deserve an entire work day of focus.

I credit a lot of my own productivity to these “immersion days.”

So the next time you are caught up on your regular work or have an extra day to yourself, consider doing any of the following. I recommend you get to all of them at some point.

Note: You may need to schedule these days ahead of time or they may not happen at all.

1. Organize your desktop

Why: Over time, our desktops can become littered with duplicate files. They are slow and unorganized. Those are not two words I like to describe the machine that makes me my living!

How:

2. Organize your Evernote account

Why: Evernote is a fantastic tool for storing ideas and managing different sorts of documents and media items. It is very powerful, but to get the most out of it, you will have to put in a little time to create the proper folders, stacks, and tags.
How:
  • Delete unnecessary items.
  • Add tags to everything you keep.
  • Create folders and stacks that will be easiest for you to reference.
Evernote TagsFor further reading, check out this article by LifeHacker

3. Create an exercise and diet plan

Why: Proper exercise and nutrition make you much more effective. Without a plan, it is difficult to stick to a healthy lifestyle and it will take a lot more time and effort overall.

How:

  • Create a workout plan. Set times and days that will work for you.
  • Take base measurements of your body. Weight, body fat, and measurements with a tape measure. Logging this will make this process more motivating and insightful.
  • Make a shopping list of items that you can purchase in bulk and create a repeatable shopping list that makes planning meals easy. A great tool for this is Eat This Much. Use code “entreresource” for 20% off.

4. Document all of your business processes

Why: When you have your business processes recorded, you can outsource with ease. When you add an employee down the road, they will have reference materials already prepared for them.
This will also make you think critically about your business and you may find various inefficiencies you can change.
How: 
  • Use a tool like Camtasia and Snagit to record the basic functions of your business.
  • Create annotations of screenshots as necessary and create easy to follow tutorials.
  • Create a summary of your business, your market and anything else that will help someone understand what you do.
  • Store all of this somewhere that can be easily shared.

5. Reach out to past clients

Why: Your past clients are much more likely to buy from you than someone who hasn't.
Likelihood-of-another-purchase
Reaching out to your best clients personally is a fantastic way to reignite the sales process and maybe get some testimonials to show off to potential clients.

How:

For more on reaching out to past clients, check out this article posted on under30ceo.com.

6. Organize Your Inbox

Why: According to DigitalMarketer.com, The average US adult sends 147 emails per month. If you make your inbox more efficient, you will free up days worth of time each year.

How:

  • Create canned responses for common questions you are asked.
  • Create folders and rules.
  • Create a professional looking email signature with WiseStamp.
  • Install Followup.cc and Rapportive.

7. Create Evergreen Social Media Updates

Why: There is no shame in writing content ahead of time, as long as it is relevant and valuable. A tool like Buffer, Hootsuite or Edgar makes this seamless.
How:
  • Brainstorm post ideas for Twitter, Facebook and linked-in.
  • Gather stock images and create graphics with Canva.
  • Gather research and content to share.

8. Create a Budget

Why: It is very likely that you are not as aware of your finances as you think you are. Even if you already have a budget in place, you should revisit it periodically and assess your progress and make any changes necessary to improve your results.

How: There are plenty of tools for managing your finances, but fortunately for you, one of the best ones is free! It is called Mint.

Free Tools for Your Budget

9. Organize Your Work Area and Design a Productivity Fortress

Why: You spend most of your time in your work area, so optimize it!
How:
  • Purchase paper, pens, and any other supplies you will need.
  • Consider upgrading your equipment.
  • Improve your lighting.
  • Organize or discard loose documents.

10. Create a Wardrobe and Organize Your Closet

Why: Surveys show that we spend quite a bit of time getting dressed in the morning.
Appearance Graph

Image credited to https://today.yougov.com

Aside from that, the way you address affects the way you feel and the impression you make on others.
How:
  • Buy quality clothes. Don't focus on cost as much as quality, but you can dress very well for not very much money if you know where to look and focus on a few great pieces that go well together.
  • Organize your sock drawer, underwear drawer, etc.
  • Be sure all shirts have hangers and pants have drawers and are easy to access quickly.
  • Donate your old clothes.

11. Improve your professional appearance.

Why: Obviously the way you present yourself matters, so give it the time it deserves and spend the day on it.
How:

12. Master a Program You Use Frequently

Why: Knowing the ins-and-outs of most programs can be done in a few hours. Even if you can't learn everything about a program, mastering 85-90% of it will make you insanely more productivity and your work will be that much better.

If you spend an entire day immersing yourself in one you use quite a bit, you will save yourself a huge amount of time in the long run. On my list for my next immersion days are Camtasia, ClickFunnels and Market Samurai.

Master Camtasia

How:

  • Find any information provided on the products website regarding the product and devour it. Most tools have a tutorial section.
  • If the included tutorials are not enough, head to YouTube and search for anything else.
  • If you want a more premium learning experience, head to Udemy.com.
  • Contact the company if there is something you don't understand or they haven't answered before in the FAQ section of the site.
  • Spend a majority of your time actually using the program and applying what you are learning as you go.
  • Create a guide for yourself or others on how to use the program. Teaching something promotes the highest level of retention on any subject.

Summary

These activities can make you much more productive once you have done them. You can come back to them when you have time, but you will have completed the largest part of the work already.
You should use these to get organized and better equipped to take on more in your business. These are worth the time you will invest in them!
How about you? What do you think is important enough for your business to spend an entire day on it?
About the author

Nate McCallister

Nate is the founder and main contributor of EntreResource.com. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur who spends his time building businesses and raising his two kids Sawyer and Brooks with his beautiful wife Emily. His main interests include copywriting, economics and piano.

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