I’ve just about reached my limit on the emotional and physical energy needed to publicize my books. I’ve blogged, guest blogged (I have a few of those still to come), talked to groups (and scheduled talks) created rack cards (twice since I had to change the release dates from what I’d originally been told), made a contact list and a newsletter to send to those I thought might be interested in these books, created posters, and am now planning a book party to be held in July. Of course I’ve also tweeted, posted on Facebook and LinkedIn and begged for reviews.
According to a psychology article I read, burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. One of the symptoms is feeling like you have little or no control over your work.
I think, in my case, it’s the prolonged bit that’s getting to me. Because of my two books’ ever changing release dates (there’s an example of having no control over your work), I’ve been promoting A Killer Past and Eat Crow and Die since February. I’ve reached a point where I don’t even want to think about these two books…but I must.
So what does a person do?
One recommendation for stress prevention is the “Three R” approach, which is listed in HelpGuide.Org A trusted non-profit guide to mental health and well-being. Stress Prevention
I’ve definitely reached the recognize stage. Now I need to start managing my days better by only allowing myself a limited amount of time on promotion. I need to get back to writing.
They do say personality traits contribute to burnout.
The list includes the following:
I’m not a perfectionist nor a pessimist, but that bit about needing to be in control and reluctance to delegate to others hits home, and I have been called a Type A personality.
Again, according to that site, there are Physical and Emotional signs and symptoms of burnout.
I do wonder if any of the things I’ve been doing will increase sales of these two books, so I guess that fits self-doubt. And I’ve definitely loss my motivation to continue doing this, but I can’t say any of the other features fit how I feel, so I guess I’m not all that burned out.
If anyone reading this blog does have these symptoms, do consider the “Three R” approach I listed above. In fact, I’d suggest you read the entire article at HelpGuide.org http://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/preventing-burnout.htm