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Burn out, and other concerns


I think it might be a function of spending my days staring at a computer screen, but I’ve begun to get really sick of the internet. Maybe I just want some time to myself, which is funny because I’m writing this in a public blog, but I feel the need to be “unplugged” more and more these days. I have a hard time even logging onto Etsy without it feeling like a chore; more something that I have to do rather than something fun that I want to do, which is a big change from even a week ago. I used to really enjoy participating in the forums and my teams, but now even writing this blog entry seems tedious.

I took yesterday off. From blogging, not work. I just couldn’t make myself think of anything witty or interesting to say, so I just didn’t say anything at all. Maybe it’s because the weather is so nice, or just because my hormones are all crazy-pants and out of whack right now. I’m angry, just in general, and I think it’s starting to spread to most areas of my life. Maybe I need a vacation, but I can’t even get my boss to give me the weekends off, so I think a vacation will have to wait.

I know my motivation to really work on my shop will come back. I’m still knitting and creating, so at least the motivation to do that hasn’t left me. Hopefully once I’ve decided to participate fully again my shop won’t have fallen completely off the map. I just can’t do it right now. It feels like work, and while I know it is, I have enough work to deal with, I need this to stay something fun, something that I like doing.

But anyway, I’m still knitting and decoupaging and all that fun stuff, so I figure I can afford to take some time off from all the promoting and posting and commenting and stuff that doesn’t seem so fun to me right now. The creating is the fun part, anyway. I put up one of the new tea totes yesterday, and I think I’ll make a few more this weekend. Maybe I’ll list a set of coasters later on today, since I didn’t finish the third set of dish cloths in time to take pics of them this morning. But they’re super cute; they remind me so much of Easter! Oh, and I started another pair of rainbow yoga socks, to replace the ones that I sold a few weeks ago.

Speaking of sales… I haven’t had a sale in a week. Even my views are down. But I think that might be just because I’m so sick of participating in teams and forums right now and my negative attitude is showing to the rest of the Etsy-world. I’ll be fine once I take a break. Maybe this weekend I’ll institute a no-Etsy policy for myself, just to give myself a bit of time to relax. Once this starts to feel like a job, it’ll start getting stressful like a job too, and I’m inching ever so close to that very thin line between work and fun.

Anyway, enough about that. Here are a few of my other worries at the moment:
-I was scheduled to work Saturday again. UGH! I really need to be able to take two days off from both jobs, to keep my body from falling apart, and to give me the routine I need to take my pills everyday (which I’m doing very well with, by the way, even though it’s only been 3 days). I told my boss this, that until this temp job ends I need weekends off, and it seemed for a while like she understood. Now she wants a doctor’s note. I’m working on that, but I’m afraid that once my doc sees how bad my levels are right now that they’re going to want to put me in the hospital. Then I won’t be any good to anyone.
-I told you I lost a pound last week. I got on the scale yesterday morning, just curious, and I’d gained that pound back, plus another. I got on the scale this morning, and I gained 4 more pounds!!! Wth is going on?! I’m going to have to talk to the doc about that too; I’m not even sure if it’s safe for me to be on Weight Watchers right now.

Ok that’s it. Tomorrow is Friday, meaning Feature Fridays! I am actually excited about it. Have a great Thursday everyone! Go outside and get some Vitamin D!!! 😀

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9 thoughts on “Burn out, and other concerns

  1. I agree; breaks are definitely needed – from time to time. If we don’t stop for a second, we would just end up burning ourselves completely out. Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:)

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  2. Pacing yourself is important, as well as finished out what works and what doesn’t. When I first started Etsy I was spending a plethora of time making treasuries and joining treasury teams that required me to comment on Every. Single. Treasury.

    Yeah that took way too much time, on top of working 7 days a week at multiple “real” jobs, and it wasn’t helping my Etsy sales enough to justify it. So I left those teams to focus on ones that encourage more networking and promoting in different ways that are more significant (off of Etsy).

    I personally heart blogging and Facebook as my modes of promotion, but everyone is different. Some people swear by twitter (I post to twitter, but only when I post to Facebook and I don’t really give a shyte about it), while others swear on being super active in the forums. I think depending on what you sell, and what you are “skilled” at, you can gradually decide where to put your energy. it’s tempting to try to put it everywhere at once, especially with all of these other sellers telling you you HAVE to do THIS or you will FAAAAAAAIL! But you will eventually find the happy medium that works well for your and your products.

    I personally think you are a fantabulous (not a real word, I knwo) blogger, and I always look forward to reading your posts. I’m hoping you’ll stick to blogging as a marketing venue…. but don’t decide to do so on my account alone. 🙂

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  3. Yes I know what you mean. Today (except for this particular moment!) I am just taking the day off. No sewing or projects and staying away from Etsy for the most part. Just need a break. I just sat down to have lunch and checks my e mail, but then I am going back to reading a good book! I will away for a couple days also and my computer is staying at home. Yippee!

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    • Yeah, I know. I’m going to make myself take Sunday off and just knit and relax. It’s my one day off this week, so I’m not going to make the most of it! 🙂

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