Laundry, dishes, walk the dog, grocery shopping, cook meals, soccer practice, feed the kids, read to the kids, give baths, shop for inventory, take pictures, ship, list, clean the house, wash the car, organize the garage, spring cleaning, church, PTA, the list goes on and on.
I’m sure I forgot something …All of us have busy lives.
I’m not going to pretend for one minute that selling online isn’t a lot of work. It is. A lot of work.
We don’t always remember how much work it is. Those of us who have sold online for several years, have built systems into our daily lives. We can’t remember what life was like before setting packages out for the Postman each day.
Some of us work outside the home and sell online, some of us home school our kids and sell online, some of us have babies and sell online. We’re used to sneaking in some shipping and listing during nap times, after the kids have gone to bed, and planning our routine and errands around yard sales and thrift stores.
I’ve been on a listing spree the last few weeks, listing 50+ items each week between Friday, Saturday and Monday. On top of running errands and cooking for the week on those days too.
While listing sprees are good, I recommend them a few times a year, not all the time. You’re not a machine, you’re a human being. A wife, a mom, a co-worker, a husband, a dad, an Aunt, an Uncle, a friend.
You can’t do it all every day, every week.
Take things one small step at a time.
Even while I’m on my listing sprees (and cleaning things out and organizing things for my yardsale.) I try to not only multi-task but I also try to take things in small chunks–for example take the pics tonight for what I plan to list tomorrow.
I also try to work on my house before I sit down to list. For instance, on Monday, I vacuumed the house, spring cleaned the window sills and gave my daughter her piano lesson before I sat down to list. If I sat down to list first, I wouldn’t be motivated to work on cleaning my house later on in the day.
If you don’t get it all done in a day, don’t beat yourself up, you’re only human.
There are times when I need a nap that I stop what I’m doing and take a nap. That might mean I don’t list as much that week, it might mean I don’t get the kitchen floor mopped, it might mean I don’t get to watch a movie. At the end of the day, what gets done gets done, if it doesn’t get done, it’s really not that big of a deal, it can get done tomorrow.