You can have a freebie or two: coast for a day or two.
When it turns into a month or two, your momentum is lost, and you become stuck.
Laying fallow is not bad; it just takes an exponential effort to regain the speed and traction you had before: more discipline to regain broken trust.

Thought: there should be a sweet-spot grid on return vs. discipline/procrastination.

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