Makara is a malefic Rāśi and can be very exacting. Coupled with this fact, we ought to note the foundational characteristics of the phenomenon of retrogression which is associated with another, that of Ceṣṭā/ Cheshta Bala- the quality of strength insofar as it pertains to strenuous effort.
In other words, anything new started during this time which partakes of the aforementioned characteristics is liable to be about 11 times more labour and effort intensive than it might appear to be at the outset!
Continuing projects may require triple reviews before the appropriate levels of competence or excellence are attained.
There is Nipuṇa/ Nipuna Yoga formed by the conjunction of Sun/ Sūrya and Budha/ Mercury and there are higher aspects to this transit. Despite the overbearing urgency of the malefics, the transit may precipitate an accurate appraisal of the dexterity and skill sets that have been cultivated by some in the past and therefore can be very valuable for one's own output and its appreciation now and hereafter.