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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