Animal Crossing New Horizons: What to Do Each Day

Animal Crossing New Horizons: What to Do Each Day

If this is your first time playing Animal Crossing, or if it's been a while, you may find yourself needing some direction in terms of what to do each day. Here's what we've found to be a good daily routine.

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

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).

Dig at Xs to get fossils | Jake Green/USG


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.

Tree Chores

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.

Watering Plants

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.

Buried Bells

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.

Dig up buried Bells | Jake Green/USG

Construction Projects

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.

Collect Fruit | Caty McCarthy/USG

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.

That's all we have for now on this subject. For more on Animal Crossing New Horizons be sure to read Caty's official verdict. If you wanna see some awesome fan art, head here.

Jake Green

Guides Editor

Jake is a former freelance writer who now heads up guides for USG. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and will play literally any game with monkeys in it. He has an unhealthy obsession with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

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