Sunday , 21 April 2019
When you are crafting and in business, your time is valuable—you’re literally building your career with your own two hands! However, when you’re an online seller, distractions are everywhere.

Confessions of a Clickaholic

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When you are crafting and in business, your time is valuable—you’re literally building your career with your own two hands! However, when you’re an online seller, distractions are everywhere.

Hello, my name is Lisa and I’m a Clickaholic. In other words, I am an obsessive internet-clicker—my right index finger taps the computer mouse as naturally (and as often) as a heart beats. Nothing on the internet satisfies my need to know what’s happening, so I click and surf through all of my favorite sites (it’s especially unconscious behavior when I’m tired or procrastinating), waiting for something new to happen.

In the motivational book, This Year I Will…: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True author M.J. Ryan titled one chapter: “What Need is Being Served by What You’re Doing Now?”  For me, 2011 is about growth, and I’m committed to asking myself questions like M.J.’s all the time. Another version of that question is, “If this moment were a dollar, am I investing it? Or burning it?”

When I find myself saying that I’m “so busy,” I have to evaluate my schedule. 9 times out of 10, I’m so busy because the computer has been on all day and I’ve been clicking away on it, and therefore, eating up hours of valuable time. If you’re not a clicker, I challenge you to figure out where your time may be wasted.

It might be TV, virtual games (Farmville, anyone?), or YouTube, but our time wasters usually involve screens. Have you ever turned off all of the screens in your home and realized how productive you were that day?  Once you have identified your time waster, it’s time to ask:

When are you most prone to time-wasting?

My susceptible time-wasting hours are in the morning, as my children are peacefully plotting the day’s play together. So that I will use this time wisely, I send this question to my phone via Google Calendar pop-ups: “What are you doing to get more orders right now?” You can also post this message on your computer, or wherever else you’re prone to time-wasting.

And please don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean work, work, and more work. In order to succeed, we need plenty of time for rest, rejuvenation, and reflection. Sometimes, a good flick and a hot cup of coffee on a cold, rainy afternoon is as important an investment as filling a big order.

How are you investing your moments? When you spend your minutes wisely, your effort is always rewarded. Here’s wishing you awareness of how you use your precious time!

P.S. I’ve just created a new small business blog called, Marketing Creativity, where I discuss topics like this and more! Please stop by and say hello ♥ 

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27 comments

  1. Dang. This hit me squarely between the eyes. Hello, my name is Erin and I am a clickaholic, too. I spend an inordinate amount of time on the computer… from my day job into the wee hours of the night for my passion job. What really hits home for me is the “If this moment were a dollar, am I investing it? Or burning it?”
    and your “What are you doing to get more orders right now?” I think that needs to be typed up and posted everywhere in my studio, but especially on the computer. My word for 2011 is FOCUS = follow one course until successful. I need to use my time wisely to focus to grow my business but in a manner that is sane and healthy. Thank you so much for posting this. You have given me so much to think about, and I will ponder these questions on my own blog http://treasures-found.blogspot.com.
    And I am a new follower of yours.
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

    • After reading Lisa’s comments and then Erin’s I must confess that I am wasting a lot of time on the computer “researching” for starting up my Etsy shop. I should be knitting, re-purposing item I bought from thrift shops or blogging to build interest, but instead I look at what is already there. So thanks to both of you. And Erin I will be borrowing your word of FOCUS and its definition. Onward to working not procrastinating.

      Gail

  2. It is great to have things you already know re-enforced.

  3. My name is Jacqueline and I’m a recent clickaholic. ;-) Right now I’ve got a lot of free time on my hands and I find myself on the computer, when i could be doing something else, like exercising or job hunting. It’s very enticing to hang around the forums, but I need to stop running to the computer every five minutes. Time to start working on my shop instead.

    Great post.

  4. WOW!!! I thought you were writing this about me. I was clicking when I found this :) Thanks. I so needed to read this. This is exactly what I’m trying to work on, so it’s nice to know I’m not alone.

  5. This post was just what I needed to stop me wasting time clicking.

    Like you, the morning is my worst time. I always check for orders, then check my emails, then read all the interesting posts.

    Then this morning I found this post, and read it through thinking ‘yes that’s me, that’s me’ and THEN I spot the link to your blog, and click on it, THEN I sign up for your blog because it’s so interesting, and THERE I GO AGAIN!

    I’m a ‘click-a-holic’. There’s no hope for me.

    Sue

  6. great post. thanks for sharing and bringing this to my attention. I am so guilty of this as well. I really must work on getting a better schedule down for 2011

  7. I am loving these comments! I wish there was a “like” button for them ♥ It’s nice to know I’m not the only clickaholic out there :)

  8. This is certainly true for me! Sometimes I think that I’m addicted to the computer. It’s easy to spend time clicking away!

  9. I also am a click-a-holic. I’d hate to tally up the hours I’ve spent going from one thing to another,obsessively checking Craftopolis, and telling myself I’m “working”. I’ve recently started making a detailed to-do list each night for the next day to help keep me on track. I love the “What are you doing to get more orders right now?” prompt. I’ll definitely hang that one up! Thanks!

  10. Good post. I sometime do the same thing and found myself spending many hours quicking away!

  11. WOW! Have we met? How did you know this about me?? My husband says I send him to work every day so I can click uninterrupted (except for meals and coffee; meals optional).

    Love your writing style: concise and yet informative. Excellent suggestions for keeping my feet to the fire.

    I esp like the idea of sending yourself the message “What are you doing to get more orders right now?”

    Subscribed to your blog, too — more great articles!

    It is so difficult to sell online without getting trapped into Clickety-Sickety! Def time to re-evaluate my time/marketing focus!

    Here’s to a more productive New Year!

  12. But, if I didn’t click on this post, I would’ve missed it… how to balance, how to balance?

  13. Hello, my name is Rebecca, and I am a click-a-holic. I have learnt this from my husband (confirmed click-a-holic when the person blames someone else for their problem) who got me into another FB game, not farmville but just as addicting. Not to mention the forums, wonderful blogs, great shops, circles, link love, writing our own blogs and finding great links to share, tutorials, marketing tips, and further entertainement. I know this is not a comprehensive list, but you see how easy it is? Should we have monthly meetings where we can meet to discuss this problem, and waste more time? :)
    Seriously, thanks for the wake-up here. This fit me to a tee, and I vow to curb this clicking and turn to creating more.

  14. Thanks for sharing your great advice, Lisa!

    It really rings true for me as well. So much to do in starting my little jewelry business (www.silvertwigdesign.etsy.com) yet I often find that hours have magically evaporated while I’m on the computer when in reality I could have been spending that time doing something much more productive!

    I will definitely implement your idea about posting incentives directly on my computer to catch myself from continuing to waste precious (& valuable!) time.

  15. How very true….I just realized last night just how much time I waste!!! This new year I WILL become more productive!!!!

  16. I really like the idea of posting notes around your computer or workspace.

    I feel that if I’m not on the computer promoting, blogging, listing, etc., that my product is not going to be seen.

  17. I have to say that I have become a clickaholic, too. It’s hard to find that balance between sharing & promoting & socializing & knowing when to stop to relax, create & find time for family, etc.

  18. I’m also a clickaholic too!! X3
    It’s gotten especially bad with the bookmark bar on the chrome… so i’m constantly reminded of the sites that i should alternately click when i have the browser open! D:

    Need to break this habit!

  19. mahalo for this…to true for me unfortunately!

  20. I thought maybe you set up the webcam in my home. I gave up the Mafia Wars but when I find myself moving out of the the office into the den and the soaps just so happen to be on…Lifetime Movies anyone…instead of listing my Etsy or networking I wonder where my day went. Truth is without the TV I can finish the same work in a few hours that would normally take me all day. Hmmm, maybe the TV should be my good rewards if I do my work first. Geesh, I’m a confessed clickaholic.

  21. Gah! This post caught me in a relapse!!! I actually found it in the middle of a clicking bender. Thanks for the reminder, Handmadeology :)

  22. Wow! This is exactly where I’m at right now! Thanks for the suggestions…those questions really bring to light the value, or lack of value, of the things I am spending my time on. I’ve got both questions now written in red marker and posted on my computer screen!

  23. Definitely a clickaholic here, aargh….

  24. Clickaholic? Guilty as charged.

    Right now I have about 25 tabs open on my computer and I’m constantly click-click-clicking back and forth, checking social media and looking for customer queries in email. Then I go click-click-clicking back and forth between different social media platforms and instead of finishing one task, I’ve half-way finished a dozen or two.

    I just started a part time job today- I’ve got to get a handle on how I’m spending my time and practice better focus so I can get all my craft business marketing done on my days off.

    I’ll definitely be posting some stickies around the house and asking myself throughout the day if what I’m doing is really being productive and benefiting my business.

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