Something grossly overlooked in the creative process is the place of effortlessness and play. Staying too focused on deadlines and how every moment can be “productive” robs us of an important feature of what it means to be humans: rhythm. Pushing through is non-sustainable, and creativity suffers if we constantly labor. Celebration is necessary along the journey.  Rest allows us a pause to reflect, to observe, and to celebrate, and then to continue creative work with more vigor and joy.