Fighting the Post-Project Blues

The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all.

Psalm 34:19

Have you ever had the post-project blues?

Perhaps you dedicated an entire Saturday to organizing your kitchen—and you did a great job!—but on Monday morning you’re back to business as usual and your kitchen doesn’t seem so great anymore.

Maybe you had a day where you nailed your to-do list.  You were firing on all cylinders, making checkmark after checkmark.  You posted on social media about your accomplishments, garnering tons of likes and “You go!” comments.  But the next day, you’ve got a new list, and you can barely get up the energy to tackle the first item.

Recently I spoke at a weekend-long Christian women’s retreat.  I felt like my talks went very well and the Holy Spirit was moving! Many women approached me to share their stories and tell me how I’d touched them.  I felt energized as I left the lodge and loaded my car with a noticeably lighter box of books.

As I drove home, my eyelids began to droop.  I stopped at a gas station to grab a caffeinated pop, impulsively grabbing a snack I knew I shouldn’t be eating.  Back in the car, my thoughts drifted to the older lady in the back who’d been fighting sleep during my second session…maybe I hadn’t done that good of a job after all?  I didn’t sell that many books; maybe they didn’t really like me.  After all, people use the phrase “life changing” way too much…about things like socks.

By the time I arrived home, I was tired and jittery.  I walked in the door and flopped on a chair, still wearing my restrictive coat and uncomfortable heels. My husband cheerfully asked, “How’d it go?”

I burst into tears.

Post-project blues are a real thing.  When you complete a big project, you create a space in your mind and heart for spiritual clutter to settle right into.  You’ve put your time and energy into something wonderful, but then it’s over.  On to the next thing… or back to second guessing what you just did.

When you complete a big project, try centering your heart on the Lord with these four post-project R’s:

Reflect:  Be honest, how did it really go?  How do you feel about the work you’ve accomplished?  How do you think God feels about your efforts? (I love this question! Even when I feel like I didn’t do a fantastic job, I imagine God looking at me with so much love and grace—a lot like how I looked at my kids when they were toddlers and tried to draw a giraffe.)

Relax:  Kick off your shoes and let your hair down.  Realize that the work, on this project at least, is actually done!  Spend a few minutes talking to Jesus with deep thankfulness.

Restore: Fill up again by getting your mind and body working as God created them to!  Get a good night’s sleep. Eat a healthy meal.  Drink big glasses of water.  Stretch your muscles.

Reward:  Give yourself a block of time to do whatever you want to do—enjoy a hobby, take a nap, or spend time with a friend.  Enjoy your favorite beverage (hot chocolate for me, please!) and read the book that’s been on your nightstand. Purposefully treat yourself, and enjoy the presence of the Lord as you do!

Take the Challenge:

The next time you complete a big project (organizing or otherwise), try working your way through the four R’s.  And don’t do it alone—invite Jesus to join you!

For more on tackling projects, check out my first book, Organizing You: Finding Your Spiritual Clutter and Using Organization to Clear it Out.

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