The London-born actor, 55, wants a break because he fears he could never top his performance in Lincoln, reported Daily Star.
His role as the US President made him the first star in history to scoop three Best Actor awards.
"I don't have any projects lined up - I haven't got anything planned for a length of time. I can't imagine what I would try to do after playing Lincoln," he said.
Day-Lewis finished filming the historical epic over a year ago but has refused to sign up for any future roles.
"I haven't even started contemplating what's next. But I know if I do think about doing another role it would seem really inconceivable," he added.