Here I am, waking up at 4:30am thinking about all the things on my Etsy shop to-do list. I need to work my full time job, take care of my family, add more items to my shop, take photos of the new items, make new items, figure out the whole FaceBook mess I have going, participate in the D Lister message board, check the forums, Twitter, buy some supplies, and oh, research that BNR thing (what the hell is that!) ahhhhhhh.
Then it hit me while I was counseling someone else on slowing down and smelling the roses, that I also need to slow down. It's so funny how we get all caught up in the frenzy. And there is this sense of urgency that is really kind of stupid to me. What's the rush? Is it that we see the new listing flying by and think.. OMG I better hurry, keep up, oh crap, I'm getting behind. HA! In reality, many of us will never be able to keep up with the gazzilion items on Etsy and will always be struggling to rise above the bottom. And for some of you who do this full time, I can understand the need to move at a fast pace and get stuff done. But there is always more than one way to be successful. So, I'm giving myself a break. I still plan to work on that never ending to-do list, but... instead of flying through it like a check-box junkie, I'm going to be calm and systematic about it. Just a few things at a time. Take some time to enjoy other artisans work without wondering how I can compete or compare. Take more time to figure out the things about promoting that I don't understand and know that in time, my success will happen organically... in it's own time, the way it should for me. I still want to sell, and be a successful seller, but on my own terms darn it! Whew... I feel a lot better now.
Anyone else feeling the frenzy? What's your take on it?