Timing is everything.
Your routine is essential. Organising yourself is essential.
Time is money friend, and if you’re not using your most valuable resource to its peak efficiency, then you are robbing yourself of gold, of fun, of free time to adventure, of the rewards of riches, and the pleasure of a job well done.
Here is how I organise my time.
Daily Gold Routine
Garrisons. All the missions, on all the characters. Then I go back and do all the buildings on all the characters. Yes, even the bloody mine.
Professions. I do the daily cooldowns while I’m doing the small buildings, then I make the flasks, pots, enchants, gems, once I’ve gathered all the mats from across my army of alts.
Only once I’ve sent my garrison followers and ships off to work do I allow myself to “play”. Go do my dailies, Tanaan Jungle, level an alt, play with friends, roleplay, go fishing, listen to a podcast.
About 1am The “professional” farmers finish their work shift on my server. Check for cheap trade mats in AH.
About 2am Time for dailies to reset. Might be a good time to post mats needed for professions or items for quests.
Couple of times a day: scan the auction house for Great Deals. This is part of the TSM3 Premium deal.
Notes on my Self Rewards:
Some things are irritating to do. Boring. Annoying. Time consuming. Yet they make you gold. Perhaps because the other players just don’t have your stamina or determination.
You can create motivation in yourself, by keeping those chores to a block of assigned time, and by instantly rewarding yourself with something enjoyable.
I’m not suggesting that you go fap after each scan of the Auction House. But after 15 minutes of herb farming, it’s time to take a break and indulge in a battleground or make jokes with guild mates.
Weekly Gold Routine
Saturday: repost 5-6000 greenies/transmogs on 48 hours auction so they are available all weekend for casual players, and those leveling alts.
Tuesday night, just before EU Maintenance night (for US, North American realms, that’s Monday night): check for items you can bid on and win cheaper than paying full buyout price.
Sunday afternoon, bored: Farming, or bulk glyph making for the week.
Making a new habit is easier than breaking a bad habit.
Monthly Gold Routine
Once a fortnight: target a competitor on the AH and snipe his whole auction list. (guide coming soon!)
Once a fortnight: do a limited supply item farm
As needed: farm for low level herbs (prefer Zangarmarsh and Scholazar Basin)
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The Gold Queen is written by Alyzande. With many level 100s, 9 years expertise in making gold, 11 garrisons, 17k+ achievements, 1593 days played, and over 32 million gold earned. The Gold Queen blog teaches you how to make gold playing World of Warcraft using ethical trading, auction house flipping, crafting, reselling snatch lists, and farming gold making.