Last week we discussed the daily routine of Benjamin Franklin and other creative people. We talked about how important daily routines are in reducing decision fatigue and thereby fostering creativity.
The site podio.com built a visual representation of the routines of famous creative people. We have embedded it below for you.
The list is stacked with early risers. Voltaire, John Milton and Haruki Murakami got their inspiration early. They woke up at 4am to be exact (beating good ol’ Mr. Franklin by a full hour)
There is an exception to every rule. Pablo Picasso and William Styron were night owls getting up well past 10am
Right after waking up, or after a short 30 to 60 minute break to eat breakfast, everyone started creative work
Most of these geniuses had at least two multi-hour stretches of creativity during the day. Others, like Beethoven, worked on their craft for 8-hour stretches at a time
Exercise features prominently in the routine of most of these great artists
The craziest schedule goes to the writer Franz Kafka, and who can blame him. He worked throughout the day at the Workers Accident Insurance Institute, and then wrote from 11pm to 6am, slept for 2 to 3 hours after battling insomnia and then headed to work. He would also catch an afternoon siesta
Of course, no two schedules are identical. Everyone’s creative zone is different. Once successful people find their creative zone, they codify them in a routine and stick to them. As French author, Gustave Flaubert said:
Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work