If you have marketing tasks that need doing, large or small, that you have been meaning to get done, but always slip through the cracks of time, 10 minute tasks is what you need to do. Gather that list of to-do’s that aren’t getting done, and schedule them into your day. Perhaps every day at 7AM or every Monday at 10AM – whatever works best for you, and when you are at your best. Add them to your calendar, set an alert to remind you. Then when you begin the task, set a timer on your phone, computer or oven timer for 10 minutes and concentrate on that one task. You’ll be surprised at how much you get done when you set yourself a deadline and how good you will feel by crossing off items on your to-do list.
Here are some suggestions you can schedule into your 10 minute tasks:
1. Have you filled in your social media profiles completely? Remember that your Facebook Page or Twitter account might be the first experience someone has of your business. You need to fill out the ‘about’ section, location, hours, and website links along with a description of what you do and products or services you offer.
2. Add your business as your ‘Employer’ on your personal Facebook profile. As you comment and interact with pages and people using your personal profile, people will be able to see and link to your business page. Who knows who you’ll connect with – but they won’t know which business you represent if you don’t link your personal profile to your business Facebook page.
3. Keep track of some commonly asked questions related to your business. What do new clients often want to know? Write down a list of these questions and add your own answers then use these FAQs as content for newsletters, blogs or social media posts.
4. Start to build your list. You need to have a list of people to market to, so start collecting email addresses via your website, or Facebook page. What could you offer as an incentive on your website and Facebook page to encourage people to sign up to your newsletter mailing list? Could you offer a free report or ebook, a top 10 tips list, a short video tutorial that your customers would love to get their hands on?
5. Writing as many social media posts as you can that will resonate with your ideal customer – hints & tips, quotations, customer testimonials, ‘how-to’s and articles of interest you would like to share. Then spend another 10 minutes putting them into Hootsuite that will handle Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn posts or just schedule them in Facebook. Ideally you want to set and forget – schedule as much as you can so that you know your updates will go out, no matter how busy you are, but don’t forget to check back a few times a week though, to reply to comments!
Don’t get overwhelmed by your marketing tasks. Quick tasks, but also parts of a big task broken into into its smallest possible components so that you end up with a list of very small manageable jobs, most of which you can tackle in 10 minute chunks can be scheduled into this method also. The feeling of getting little things done, and the feeling of productivity can power up your confidence and get even more things done!
Do you currently set time aside and use a timer to get tasks completed off your to-do list? If not, are you going to give this a try?