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Productivity isn’t everything, and sometimes, taking time off, far from our projects, is the best productivity hack. If you feel like you did rest plenty already, then try the following ones:  

  • Clean workspace – clear mind 

Is your workspace disorganized and a total mess? How can you expect to focus on creating and getting clarity while the space you are trying to do so is in such a state that finding your tread of thoughts is like searching for a needle in a hack stack? Pause, clean and organized your creative kingdom – you will feel better, and maybe you will also stumble onto the restaurant napkin on which you scribble your latest genius idea!  

  • Read your horoscope, go for a walk, do your nails or read ten pages of a book – Self-care is vital!  

Ok, this one might encounter a little bit more resistance, but more than often while horoscope shouldn’t be the answer to all our problems and no you shouldn’t make a rash decision today between 5 am and 7 pm as the moon is acting out, it might bring back to a state of reflection. Taking the time to go for a walk, do your nail, read a few pages of a book. Remember that self-care is also part of productivity and will assist you in coming back at full speed.  

  • Exchange with friends, family and strangers (safely!)  

If this year taught us anything, standing in isolation isn’t the best way to get the most out of our ideas. From friends, family or even strangers on a blog or a book club, exchanging with others and finding your sounding board or someone to bounce ideas off might be precisely what you need to get out of the dark corner in which you might currently be. Even if you aren’t, it is never wrong to exchange and see what others have to say positively – it will only help you get your project better or this painting more resolve.   

If you aren’t sure where to start and adore going back to the words of others, here are three books to help you getting clarity on your thought process. While they are so different from each other, they all have something we can learn from!  

  • How to Think More Effectively: A guide to greater productivity, insight and creativity by School of Life 
  • The Career Manifesto: Discover Your Calling and Create an Extraordinary Life Discover Your Calling and Create an Extraordinary Life by Mike Stein
  • Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by Adrienne Maree Brown

Recharged, fuel and fill – you can’t expect your brain to work fully if you don’t fill it with the best!
We aren’t talking here about moon juice or crazy magic cure or superfood. Just basic tricks to get the best summer harvest and fill your body with amazing fresh nutriments.  

Go to the market and pick products that are locally grown
From tomatoes, mango, and mint salad to watermelon granita, make sure to fill your body with delicious fruits and veggies that have absorbed all the summer rain and the sunlight. From farm to table and seasonal food, food is an art that tastes as good as it looks and even better! 
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Keep on hydrating, and don’t be afraid of adding flavours
Trivia fact; about 75% of the brain is made up of water. So, dehydration can come quickly when you enjoy the sun outside; a shift as small as 2% can have adverse effects on your brain, so make sure to stay hydrated. From water with cucumber, lemon and strawberry, or mint, cucumber and raspberry, there are so many combinations that you will never get tired of drinking water.  

Finally, if you are working on your website, make sure to look at our latest article, What Makes a Good Artist Website? Art Critic Paddy Johnson Has Answers”. While if you always wonder how others have made it to the top, we suggest that your read our interview series that includes Kemi Ilesanmi, a Cultural Amplifier and the Executive Director of the Laundromat Project. It has been followed by Alex Paik, an artist and the Founder and Director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid. Evlyne Laurin’s Interview with Davida Nemeroff, Gallery Owner, Boss and Mother, is the third of this series that will soon release a new one with artist Dread Scott.  

We hope that this will help you in your creative journey. Now, don’t waste a second. Harvest the fruit of your creative labour before the fall!  Visit Get.ART and get 50% discount on your .ART domain. Use promo code NOTOVERYETon get.ART. Also, make sure to look at our book club and enter the dialogue with us on social media by tagging @artdomains!

See you soon for back to school!