Much has been made about links between music and painting as complementary art forms. I’m not here to advance that concept; I just want to provide an abstract and unexpected example that comes out of great storytelling.
I put pressure on myself to make the most of my time painting and always felt "on the clock" to produce a finished piece. Then, I realized that was only part of the equation and allowing myself time for focused practice was essential to growth.
Through the power of observation, it is important to learn how to see objects as shapes rather than the literal translation of what we know them as. We have to forget everything we think we know and open up a more creative, right brain approach to visualization. To help with this, I recommend "Your Artist's Brain" by Carl Purcell.
I may be the minority in this camp, but I really enjoy working on my website. For me, it is an extension of my art and a sincere attempt at providing insight to me as a person. Squarespace, the service provider I chose for all things web-related, is an indispensable tool for me.