Personally, I never feel done with projects, as there are always a few open projects, in which I'm involved in. (And typically 1-2 which "I should have finished year ago or so".)
First, what are good strategies of balancing between finishing past project and working on current ones?
On the one hand, concentrating only on current ones means that there will be a lot of "almost baked" project, in a form of partial results, never published drafts or papers stuck in the revision process. (Assigning second priority to something means that it is never going to be taken seriously.)
On the other hand, focusing only past projects would:
- look as if I were slacking off (also, as some past projects are from previous afflictions),
- have me stuck in working on projects, which are going to be "90%" for the eternity.
Second, being put in situation with constant (internal) pressure and no calm sense of finishing things (as even after polishing results, polishing a draft, going through a few rounds of revisions... there are still n-1 open projects), is there a way to feel accomplishment and not blame oneself when resting?