I have realized this morning, that I am obsessed with the checking and rechecking my Etsy shop for any change what so ever.
I have come to the conclusion that this is a lot like watching water boil.
To not lose your sanity on a site like Etsy, I think you do need to step off for a few days.
It takes me a day to 2 days to make my little creations and I believe that I could probably get those out quicker if I wasn't refreshing my shop, floating aimlessly around the forums and playing in the chat rooms.
Don't get me wrong, I agree that you do need to do these things to network, answer questions, have questions answered, but I think that like all things, it must be done in moderation.
You can check your shop for convos, post listings, renew items, change your shop announcement, but then get off. Hanging around cuts into your production time and valuable photo light if you take pics outside.
So in light of all this I am going to conduct an experiment. Check my shop just for sales and messages, see if anything needs revamping and get off. Prepare stuff for listing and list on the weekends. Sundays will be forum and chat days. I will do this for my next fiscal month and see how that compares to the previous month.
I do have mentors on Etsy and I hardly ever see them around. Top Sellers, hardly ever see them around. I know they have other venues to attend to so I will have to see if that has anything to do with it as well.
I would be curious to hear if anyone else is doing or going to do something like this. Leave your comments and Happy Selling!