At highschool I had a friend who insisted it was important right after an exam to take the rest of the day off and not study. Important to rest the brain and re-establish your energies. Workable idea, provided you didn’t have a second exam that day.
I treat a lot of things like that. Reading (always take a break between books), writing, day-jobbing. A break is replenishing. Gets the mind geared up for the next thing.
Right now, my brain is exhausted, just like I’ve been through an intense exam period, but the schedule I put together earlier this month to plot out all my writing committments for the rest of the year (some of which are committments just to myself) is screaming, ‘No time to rest!’
… Best thing to do is just to shut down the schedule, I figure.