Saturday, August 21, 2010

Procrastinate today!

Don't put it off until tomorrow!

It's been one of those days. 

I am not really procrastinating as much as I am ....
. I said, one of those days.

We've had a slow week.  The kind of week that if you have never been in retail before sends you into a blind panic and anxiety builds up and you question:  "what the hell have we done?"

We've never been in retail - so we had that kind of week.

Margie called a "B.H.A.G." meeting last week and we talked about strategy and "market penetration" (heh, heh, heh - that still makes me laugh like Butthead). 

So we stepped back a little, took a nice breath, reconfirmed our commitment to this business and to ourselves and are pushing forward.

I mean come on - we can't quit this - we just started!  We are 100% invested and believe in our little store so much that we both agreed we will work as hard as we can to make it work.

And by golly we will!

Talking to other folks who have retail stores nearby they are experiencing the same thing, so that makes us feel a little better.  Still - it keeps you on your toes.  You ask yourself questions like:  Are we selling the right things?  Can people find us?  Do we have enough visibility?  Should we advertise more?  Should we hire someone in a monkey suit to stand in the street and wave at people to come in?

Then you remember - you have only been open for 2 1/2 months!  Calm down.  Relax.  You will have times like these.



My way of processing stress is trying to think of ways to reduce the stress.  Unfortunately my brain kind of short circuits.  It's not that I can't think anything  it's more like I think of too many things all at the same time so they become jumbled and meshed and smushed and are all fighting to get to the top.  They bob up and down at different times and as each one reaches the surface I focus on that one thing...until the next one decides to push it's way up and bumps the other guy back down with the rest of them.

It's kind of like gas!  You feel those little air bubbles moving around inside you wanting to get out but they get trapped and you either push too hard to get them out and nothing happens or try to hard to keep them all in because it's not quite the right time for them to be free.

Ideas will pop out and I tell myself I need to write that down before I forget it but I'm so involved doing something else that I can't write it down and then....I forget.

There is the occasional recall - but usually once it's's out. a purple fog dissipating into the atmosphere adding to the hole in the ozone layer. 

Oh wait - I was talking about ideas...not gas.  Sorry.  And the ozone doesn't have a hole anymore does it?

Whatever - I am off topic.


So I am not really procrastinating...I am doing too many things all at once that it just looks like I'm procrastinating!



  1. When that happens to me, I start writing to do lists before I go to bed. I love to check off the things that I have completed ( It shows that I have been productive). I keep a notebook under my mouse pad and when I get an idea that is in the way, I write down a bullet point. If I don't get back to it for a few days, it is usually enough to prod those neurons into firing in a similar way.

    Now you know how crazy I am :) My sister used to tease me for writing down things in my agenda after I had done them, just so that I could check them off.


  2. I think I spent my entire summer in that state. I cannot tell if I procrastinated the summer away or if I ran around like a banshee. I do believe it was a little of both. I've written lists, but only did the things I felt like. I had "call the dentist" on that list all summer. I've come to the conclusion that I work better with a bell schedule than unstructured time.

    Hang in there. Retail is feast or famine. Keep building up the workshops and possibly build-up an on-line presence. Your store is amazing!

  3. Nothing like the stress of retail to keep you up at night! Hang in there...there are many artists that believe in your shop and want to see it succeed.

  4. Fascinating idea for a store and it really reminds me of where I worked for 10 years - we had Fair Trade items, recycled art, and a whole lot more. I made more money on my creations that were on consignment than my salary, which was fun! (I bought a brand new car in 4 years with my consignment sales - not bad for a part time job in a fun environment!)

    Making things with trash and recycled items isn't new, but it seems to be more "in fashion" now than ever. Creative people do interesting things!