So you might have noticed the blog has been dark for ...ahem... a spell.
Some weeks back I noticed a serious lack of enthusiasm about getting out of bed.
And even less for doing work.
I wanted to read published novels, and watch tv (oh streaming services, how you beguile me!)
and eat a lot of sushi that wasn't seasoned with writers' tears.
None of those things come with bags of filthy lucre, sadly.
Fortunately I recognized them as early signs of burnout.
Burnout comes from a lot of things, but here in Agent World it's often associated with relentlessly long hours, tasks that never quite get finished, and too much on the to-do list.
So I started turning off my computer at 5pm.
And closing the door to the office.
And giving myself permission to be ok with NOT getting my to-do list tamed every day.
And letting go of some things I really loved (the blog) so I could just veg on the couch and go away.
It took about four weeks to regain my mojo.
I'd gotten some things done, and tried to keep clients posted on status of their stuff, so I wasn't digging out from a lot of angry emails and things that were on fire.
Burnout is a very real problem when you're working on something that never seems to get done, even things you love: writing a novel, remodeling a house, raising small readers.
Can you recognize burnout?
What do you do to take care of yourself when you do?