Why you should rest after big projects

Takeaway: Mood dips following a big project likely come from two hesitations: that you don’t have a clear destination for what’s next, and that you likely aren’t celebrating your accomplishments enough. Set aside time to celebrate and reflect on the fruits of your productivity after wrapping up a big project.

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I recently launched my second book, a dizzying undertaking that involved hundreds of media interviews, giving dozens of talks about the book, and writing just as many articles for various outlets1. Now that I’ve done this publishing thing twice, I can confidently say that launching a book is an odd combination of fun, exhilaration, and exhaustion.

After the launch whirlwind settled, I noticed a surprising and uncommon-for-me feeling: sadness.

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