So what do you do when you finish a huge project that’s been sapping your time and energy for months?
If you’ve ever been a student (or worked in an environment with tight, immutable deadlines) you’ll know exactly what that’s like. You rush through everything right up until the last minute in order to finish it all on time. Sometimes you work late into the night for a few weeks ahead of the deadline; not recommended for the record. All your spare time is devoted to ‘finishing’ whatever it is you’re working on.
Then it all stops. Deadline comes and goes, the work’s done. You have time for other things.
Do you remember those other things now? Or did you experience what I call ‘sudden lull syndrome’ (SLS for short)? Do the following apply to you:
- General feelings of aimlessness.
- Unable to define ‘fun’.
- Uncertainty over what you’d like to be doing.
- A deep desire to sleep for a week.
Congratulations, you’re a fellow sufferer. Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as serious as it sounds. Plus, you get the awesome perk of saying to your parents or significant other that you’ve caught a bad case of SLS. Treatments are as follows;
- Play something completely random and completely stupid.
- Sleep the day away interspersed with reading.
- Sit and do nothing at all. I mean it, no new projects.
In short, have a break! Holidays are there for a reason and this is the best time I can think of. I’m off to take care of remedy number two – let me know your medicine of choice in the comments.