If I had to pinpoint a moment in time where I realized *something* needed to change in my life and business to maintain my sanity working from home and working solo a lot of the time, it was the beginning of September. August's numbers for my store had been dismal and I had been trying to go into overdrive working my tail off to make my business work.
While I do credit myself with having all the motivation in the world when things get tough, I also see where I failed in maintaining a work-life balance that I could keep up with and felt well-balanced. Now someone (my memory fails me, or I'd credit the angel who passed along this iPhone App) in the reselling world on Instagram posted they liked to track their time using Hours Time Tracking App (see photo attached to this post for an image of the icon). I put 2 + 2 together from my recent concerns about balance; I decided then and there to start valuing my time by tracking it while I work.
I broke down my September numbers from the tracking app to show where I spent time when working. By respecting my time enough to learn where Im spending it, I can see where I should focus my efforts and attention in terms of to do tasks each day. For example, I was able to note a large portion of my time dedicated to "sharing" my poshmark closet listings often, which is vital for making poshmark sales. Since sharing was taking up so much of my time earlier in the month, I opted to find a subcontractor (a virtual assistant) using Fiverr to do my sharing for me. I can better allocate that time saved, from sharing, to categories where I want to improve, such as photography and listing. Lastly, my husband and my dogs are extra grateful to see me more and I am beyond thrilled to spend the time with them, catching up on our tv shows, going for walks, and enjoying life.
That all being said, this was my highest month to date and I couldn't be more proud because I put in the work to find where my business needed help and where I could do better- and it paid off. I highly recommend, at a minimum, trying tracking your work tasks and putting thought into the breakdown of where you spend your time.