During normal times, art girls tend to be working on projects here, there and everywhere. From exhibition curating, to workshop giving and article writing, gallery guys and girls around the world tend never to sit still. But this year is not normal, and I’m guessing that a lot of our readers have spent a lot of time really struggling to do anything at all. And you know what?! That’s totally fine! Everyone needs to switch off once in a while. Pandemic or no pandemic, down time is super important. So allow yourself to take breaks, unplug at the end of the day, have fun! If you need even more reassuring, here is why it really is OK to be unproductive right now.
Resting And Recharging Is A GOOD Thing
Everyone needs some time off once in a while. Relaxing allows us to catch a breath, rest and see where we need to go. Working at 100 miles an hour on zero energy is not going to benefit everyone. Not only will resting make you feel better, it will improve your work too when you get back to it.
The World Is Changing, So You Can Too
This has been a very strange year and it’s going to be a little weird for some time. You need to allow yourself the opportunity to sit back and take stock of what’s going on. It’s OK to change things up right now, you’d be mad not to.
Your Brain Needs Variety
Always working on the same thing is quite frankly, boring. Furthermore, by only directing your energy to one area, it’s likely that the quality of your work will go downhill as you struggle to focus. Taking some time to do what you want, even if that is lying in bed watching netflix all day, will actually be of benefit to you.
Burn Out Should Be Avoided
The opposite of unproductivity is burnout, and we all want to avoid that! While most of us have spent this year working from home, many of us have also neglected to take any time off, and you really really deserve it. Take some time – if you can – to really disconnect from work, it will do both your mind and your body the world of good.
Make Yourself Your Priority, Not Your Followers Or Your Boss
Who are you working so hard to impress? If you are working overtime for anyone other than yourself, then please, stop. That extra post may impress your IG fans, but will pushing yourself over the edge really make you happy? Take time to consider why you might be overdoing it.
There Is More To Life Than Work
Let’s be real, people who only live to work are not fun people. Remember, you work to live, you don’t live to work. Please, don’t get it wrong. There is a big wide world out there, and just because we’ve been stuck indoors for what seems like eternity, doesn’t mean that adventures aren’t on the horizon. Allow yourself to explore what you really want to do right now.
Text Lizzy Vartanian