The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Geniuses

Found this interesting article on Huffington Post about the daily routines of great minds, including Jane Austen and Charles Dickens.  The article provides a few excerpts from the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (2013) by Mason Currey, which sounds like an interesting read!  It might get a bit repetitive, however, because the book covers 161 different artists, but there is already a repetitive pattern visible in the excerpts.

So how do you do as they do?  The common theme seems to be keeping a disciplined, daily routine: get up at the ass crack of dawn, eat breakfast, do your thang, have lunch, go for a walk, work some more, then dinner, socialise, and bed.  And they all seem to survive on seven hours of sleep or less.  I guess I can check off that box!

In all seriousness, there is something about keeping a disciplined routine that appeals to someone like me whose life usually feels like a continuous series of surprises.  I always try really hard for a little while to get up at the same time every day, to look more than one week ahead, and to plan my particularly full days down to the hour.  And the days that I succeed in this always feel way more productive and empowering than the days that follow (shocking!).  But as soon as I’m off my A-game for a second, everything falls apart and I spend the rest of my time playing catch-up, and it’s just exhausting.

This is the time of year when I start reflecting on my resolutions and brainstorming new ones, and I think I just thought of my first 2014 resolution: Keep a disciplined routine, get up a x AM every day no matter what, and spend x amount of time in nature.  That clearly needs some work, but it’s a start.