Getting into a Daily Rhythm and Groove

Last Update: May 09, 2020

Seven weeks into our stay at home order in the SF Bay Area, I'm finally getting into a daily rhythm and groove. The routine is good for me. It helps me feel like I'm actually doing something. I have enjoyed the whole slowing down aspect of staying home. I am happy taking lots of walks and cooking meals, but I have not had much "drive" until this past week.

As an eBay seller, I have not been forced to stop working. I am very lucky that I can work from home. I have been selling plenty of kids books, at first and now some collectibles too, like a US Open Tennis Poster today and a Program from the 1964 Grand National Horseshow.

What made it easier for me to resume listing items on eBay is a little game I play with myself. The first thing I list every day is a book. It is so easy to look up a title or ISBN number and find a copy of it on eBay. Then I click "have one to sell"? and fill in the rest of the form, take a few pics and it's listed.

The next item I list is a similar item to something that I just sold. For example, this week I sold an old, empty Folgers coffee tin can. I then listed another that I had waiting in the wings. I used the "sell similar" feature and it was just a matter of changing a few words, adding some new pictures and wa-la, a new listing was created.

After that, I grab an item from a couple of my current consignment clients. I listed a puzzle a day for one client. And yes, puzzles are popular these days! I listed some McCoy pottery at a rate of one item per day for another client who gave me fourteen items weeks ago! Same routine for a third client who gave me shoes to list for her.


It is so much easier to tackle the dreaded "death pile" that eBay sellers complain about, by listing one per day, of a particular type of item, or for a particular client. You get the idea. I am usually full of goals and energy, but this pandemic has everyone reacting in unusual ways.

The best part of my "newest" strategy is that I am selling more and noticing the results with the success of "moving things around the universe" as I like to call it. Selling on eBay can be up and down, depending on how much effort a seller puts into creating new listings.

As an bonus, I achieved a goal that I am very proud of FINALLY getting to: I earned my 10,000! Yes, ten thousand! Positive feedback comments. As a seller (and also when I buy on eBay) I always leave feedback, but not every one does, so it's taken me a while to get to "yellow shooting star" status.

After I complete my eBay tasks each day, I am committing to spending more time on my websites and online at Wealthy Affiliate. I will be writing new posts, updating older posts, doing research and catching up with my WA network.

Step by step, inch by inch towards new goals and the best part it will pay off in the long term as I pay attention to my new rhythm and groove! How are you all doing with your daily and weekly goals during our pandemic?

I'd love to hear from you!

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LeonaOnline Premium
So glad you are finding your rhythm, I as well. I child mind my youngest grandson 3 days a week, and before he was a handful, I had no rhythm AT ALL. Now this pandemic has me slowing down from other things and focusing more on my online, and am feeling better about my progress as well.
Wishing you more of the "Step by step, inch by inch"
Cheers
Leona
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annezarra Premium
Thanks Leona! We can find the good in slowing down for sure! Keep it up! Best, ANNE
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MWilkinson2 Premium
Excellent!!!
Michelle
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annezarra Premium
Thanks Michelle!
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Babou3 Premium
Congratulations on your successes on Ebay, it is true that working on the internet is a real relief and reassuring.

Ingrid
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annezarra Premium
Hi Ingrid- yes, for me eBay is very stable, especially during uncertain times like we are going through. ANNE Z
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JeffreyBrown Premium
Congrats on that elusive shooting star, Anne! My store sales have been stagnant, and the sales I've made people have been very greedy with the feedback, but I'll get there! Well done, my friend!

Jeff
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annezarra Premium
Hi Jeff-
You just highlighted my pet peeve about feedback on eBay. So many buyers get their item and forget about the seller! Oh well, I'm waiting for you to join me soon with the shooting star! Thanks, ANNE Z
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JeffreyBrown Premium
I'm still 76 away, Anne, but my goal is to get there by the end of the year! I've down graded my store to basic, because the fees were starting to eat into my sales. I'll consolidate items into lots thereby reducing shipping cost and increasing profits! That is my hope anyway, unless Congress passes the 400% package tax--then that will likely derail those plans! Enjoy your new week!

Jeff
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annezarra Premium
Hi Jeff- good plan . I have a second eBay store that all LOTS. It works! My current sales are picking up a bit and I’m listing more consistently. Best to you! Anne
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JeffreyBrown Premium
OOH--send me the link in a PM, Anna--if you don't mind!

Jeff
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JohaneG Premium
Thank you for sharing your success.
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annezarra Premium
I appreciate it Johane! Best, ANNE Z
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JohaneG Premium
You are most welcome, Anne Z.
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