Animal Crossing New Horizons is a very chilled out experience, with very little direction as to what you should be getting up to each day. You may end up feeling a little aimless, but don't worry too much as there's no pressure to rush through the game. If you did want some suggestions for what to do each day, you'll find them below:
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- What to Do Each Day in Animal Crossing New Horizons
- Check Your Mail
- Talk to Your Neighbours
- Tree Chores
- Watering Plants
- Buried Bells
- Construction Projects
- Bugs and Fish
- Visit Friends and Deserted Islands
- Mop Up Nook Miles
- Build Out Your House
What to Do Each Day in Animal Crossing New Horizons
Deciding what you want to do each day in Animal Crossing New Horizons can be a bit daunting at first. It'll take a while to get into a rhythm, and you may miss certain activities early on. Here's what you should be doing each day.
Check Your Mail
The very first thing you should do when you wake up is check your mail. This is found outside of your tent or house. The mail icon will flash when you've got mail.
Talk to Your Neighbours
Next on the agenda is talking to your neighbours. First, head to each of their homes, you can use the map app to make this easier. If they're not in, find them on the island and say hey. This will build your relationship and give you some Nook Miles every now and then (more on those here).
Now, you'll want to find all four fossils on your island. These will respawn every day, so make sure to collect and make the most of them.
There are a number of things you'll want to do with your trees each day. First up, shake them. Fruit trees will drop fruit, which you can sell, and some will drop tree branches (more on those here). Collect as many of these things as you can. Onto chopping now, make sure to get two pieces of wood from every tree.
Something that you should get into the habit of doing is taking the time to water plants. Go around your island and try to get them all. Doing so will naturally cause more to grow, which will help improve your island rating early on in the game.
Each day, there will be one bag of Bells buried on your island. This will be marked with a golden light coming from a hole in the ground. Make sure you find it.
Early on in the game, Tom Nook will give you goals to work toward. These might be unlocking buildings like the museum, or inviting new people to the island. Make sure you do as much as you can of these each day.
Bugs and Fish
Once the day starts winding down, and you're running out of things to do, consider farming bugs and fish. You'll want to make a bunch of nets and fishing rods, then just catch as many as you can to sell. Doing this each night will massively increase the Bells you make each day (more on Bells here), so it's worth doing.
Visit Friends and Deserted Islands
Every day you play Animal Crossing New Horizons you should be visiting either a deserted island using Nook Tickets, or a friend's island. This will allow you to get even more resources. Specifically, Iron Nuggets can be farmed by visiting deserted islands, you'll need them.
Mop Up Nook Miles
Before calling it a day, look through your Nook Miles for any that you can easily complete. This will help you build up Miles over time, meaning you'll always have enough. Check your progress using your NookPhone.
Build Out Your House
At the end of the day, it's worth kicking back in your house, and doing a bit of decorating. Place furniture, experiment with wallpaper, and use down on the d-pad to switch to design view. We recommend doing this most days, as it'll pay off when you have a bigger house.