Take a Breath and a Break From Your Etsy Shop
Have you ever felt so overwhelmed running your Etsy shop, website, blogging, tweeting, facebooking, etc…that you seriously don’t think you can do it one more day? I do, frequently, but a couple of days ago I had a meltdown.
I have an Etsy shop and a website where I sell digital clip art and backgrounds. My website sends automatic email downloads to my customers, NOT so on Etsy. I have to manually send each order to the customer. My policy is to send out orders within 24 hours, this means I feel tied to my computer at all times. I have begun to feel like a prisoner. I never get a break- and honestly I don’t, because I usually send my orders out within minutes, not hours, (keeping up that great customer service-ya know?)
I know a lot of my customers that sell digital goods and promise delivery in a short amount of time feel the same way. So….this brings me to my meltdown. Yesterday, after a year and a half of this I completely fell apart- it was probably long overdue. I actually needed to fall apart in order to get some clarity.
In tears and ready to curl up in the fetal position and suck my thumb, I chose instead to
I sat down, no computer on my lap, no book about SEO, no notebook about blog posts I need to write. I just sat, eyes closed, and heard the words my husband says every time I get jacked up and overwhelmed,
“Take a breath”
Now, he was not actually at home at the time, but I heard his words as clearly as if he were in the room with me, “Take a breath”. So I did, I sat down on the sofa, no laptop, no SEO book, nothing, nada. I bet I am not the only one that rarely does this. I know someone that actually takes their laptop to bed with them and during the night when they get up to go to the bathroom, checks their orders, I am not as seriously disturbed as that, but I do understand!
In that quiet moment I realized this is all self-inflicted. The world is not going to end if I wait 4 or 5 hours to send a download. Cancer won’t be cured, world peace is not going to happen because of what I do or don’t do. Don’t get me wrong, I take my business very seriously, as I know you do, but is it worth losing your mind over- NO!
I can say all this and probably not a lot will change, because I am driven, focused and do everything to the extreme, as I know a lot of you are, but try to remember, the next time you feel like you cannot deal with one more crazy customer, one more trip to the post office…
Take a breath, you will be amazed at how much good it will do!
Beth from Great Graphics Designs!
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