The only noble type of productivity is artistic productivity.
Beyond utilitarian thinking
The problem in modern thinking is this:
We only are productive to produce more things, in order to produce more money.
Since the times of Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy has been:
Your duty on earth is to accumulate as much money and capital and possible in order to pass it onto your children. And it is a vice to spend your money. To accumulate and hoard more wealth is the virtuous task and goal.
However to me, I consider this line of thinking quite repulsive. To me, true productivity is artistic productivity. To create as many great art works while you’re still alive seems to be a more robust goal.
Produce more art works
Whatever you consider your artwork, produce more of that!
To produce much artistic fruit is the goal!
My art productivity tips
- Watch cinema and films which inspire you and your composition. Kill Bill 1 and 2 are both excellent, as well as John Wick 1 and 2.
- Go to the gym and do deadlifts, and if possible, use the sauna. This gets my creative muscles and juices flowing!
- Sleep a lot. Sleep and wake up without an alarm clock. Our biological body thrives on sleep, and sleep is ESSENTIAL to recuperation in order to become stronger.
- Creating artwork takes much muscle, strength, and physical energy. If you want to become a more productive artist, strengthen your physical muscles.
- Don’t force yourself to create. Only create when you want to, in a spirit of play and fun!
- For more energy, don’t consume sugar, starch, and carbohydrates. Only meat, eggs, fish, and bitter herbs.
- Create more artwork with your phone, laptop, or tablet. I love using Procreate on iPad to make traces or illustrations, use GarageBand on MacBook laptop to make beats, or use phone to make photos.
- For inspiration or motivation, watch rap music videos on YouTube. I like the new “Stormzy Vossi Bop” music video, and most anything by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye, or Tyga.
- Drink more black coffee, 100% cocoa (no sugar), and water.
- Walk more for more creative thoughts!
- Listen to music which pumps you up. I personally get inspired a ton from freestyle rap videos on YouTube.
- Create any form of art— no genres, definitions, or borders!