In my FFPP group, we often discuss the importance of discovering the “core” of your work–its main point–which can sometimes be hard to see after you’ve worked on a project for a long time.
There are several exercises that you can do to help identify the core of your work; one of them is developing the classic “elevator pitch.”
A couple of years ago I saw a colleague of mine ask a doctoral candidate: “if you did not complete your scholarship, what would the world lose? What would your discipline or field lose?”
This is an amazing prompt, I think–and one that helps us see the importance of our work–and its urgency and significance.