02 January 2024

That overwhelmed feeling

 Yesterday ended up being a very quiet day. I worked in here most of the day and Hubby watched football. It was nice. 

I did however try to tackle some of the things I need to keep on top of this year and got hit with the feeling of being completely overwhelmed and out of my league. I have often said that being an adult is making a series of decisions you are just not qualified to make. And I really feel that is the case with these two topics. 

I'll tackle the easiest one first, and that is the budget. Now the budget is not hard unless you don't look at it for months and months. Unless you spend like you have tons of money and don't pay bills. That's what's been happening for basically this year, and now I have to clean up the mess of my foolishness. I've written before about how I really don't know how to handle money, it's not something I was ever taught. But you would think after all these years I would pick it up. Well, instead of being decisions I'm not qualified to make, I'm going to become good with money. I know from past experience that it really doesn't take long to straighten out a horrible budget. I just need to stop spending and start focusing on where my money is going and what I'm using it for. So for the foreseeable future, the budget will be a whack-a-mole game. I'm okay with that because that is where I started this whole journey years ago. Time to get out my bat and begin whacking. It's going to be hard and ugly, but I've done hard and uglier things in my life. So watch out budget, you are about to get handled. 

The next one is harder. It's my Shopify store. And that nests inside the larger problem of my business. I think I posted about how I'm not making any money in my business, well the Shopify store is an ongoing, monthly cost. So I need to start making at least enough to cover the cost of the store. But I digress. 

The Shopify store is a huge pain in the butt. It has a pretty steep learning curve and I have not devoted the time or energy to do the actual learning. I threw something up in the beginning. I spend hours updating things a little bit. But I have no real plan for it. I have no consistency with anything. My collections are a hot mess. I don't have all my things posted in the shop. I apparently don't have a way to ship things. Yeah, that store is a giant mess. So, being an adult and knowing I don't really know what I'm doing, I sat down yesterday to learn. Thankfully the mentor I have has a course on setting up a Shopify store. So I went through that. I did learn a lot, but the biggest take away is that I now have a list of things I need to do to make my store more accessible and easy to work with. I started a little bit last night, but this is going to be an ongoing thing. My goal is to have my store in tiptop shape by the end of January. That's a good goal and not too crazy. Of course my to-do list for the store is long and detailed, but I think I can do it by the end of January. I had thought about having a clearance sale in January, and I may still do that to get rid of some things I have on hand. But seriously, I don't really know what I'm doing. I am just following someone else's advice and hoping for the best. Hopefully along the way I will figure out what works for me and be able to finally make informed decisions. 

Anyway, as I've discussed before, these things really lead to feelings of overwhelm. I have so much to do that I just get bogged down in the big picture items like, I need to get my store fixed. Yeah, that's too big and broad. I need to break these things down into smaller steps that I can focus on to keep moving forward. That helps prevent the feeling of overwhelm and actually allows me to get stuff done. So today I'm going to make a comprehensive list of things I need to do for my store and I'm just going to start tackling them. I figure if I can devote an hour or so every night to doing something for my store, I will easily get it fixed up by the end of January. I am going to step back a little from creating to work on the store. I may make things on the weekends, but in general I'm going to focus on the store and getting that the way I want it. 

Okay, so I'm off to start laying out my plan for the store. I also need to lay out my workout plan because that is happening this month. 

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