I learned a few things though from taking a "rest". Resting and procrastinating are two different things. This resting time actually allowed my brain the time it needed to work out a few plot problems that had been simmering in my mind. I just brought along a good old fashioned notebook and pen, and all of my thoughts were easily recorded.
The time away from my story also allowed my mind to drift over to the next project which has been stirring around in my mind for a few months now. So while I was technically resting from my writing, my mind was still working. Whatever the reason, sometimes it helps to take a step back from your work in progress.