The Daily Routines of Geniuses - HBR
Juan Ponce de León spent his life searching for the fountain of youth. I have spent mine searching for the ideal daily routine. But as years of color-coded paper calendars have given way to cloud-based scheduling apps, routine has continued to elude me; each day is a new day, as unpredictable as a ride on a rodeo bull and over seemingly as quickly. Naturally, I was fascinated by the recent book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. Author Mason Curry examines the schedules of 161 painters, writers, and composers, as well as philosophers, scientists, and other exceptional thinkers. As I read, I became convinced that for these geniuses, a routine was more than a luxury — it was essential to their work. A workspace with minimal distractions. A daily walk. Accountability metrics. A clear dividing line between important work and busywork. A habit of stopping when they’re on a roll, not when they’re stuck. A supportive partner. Limited social lives.
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