How to Build a Routine for Creativity, According to the Greats

how to build a routine for creativity, according to the greatsIt’s always fascinating to get a glimpse into the secrets of the world’s most famous and creative minds. It’s why we read biographies, and memorize quotes, and make them into movies.

But one company took a different approach.

Cloud-based service company Podio recently released an infographic organizing information about the world’s leading artists through history, based on the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. Turns out, great minds do not think alike. They think when they think best.

I found it through a Washington Post article by Roberto A. Ferdman, and loved the insights he provided:

Picasso worked through the night.
Then he crashed and slept from about 4-11 a.m. According to Ferdman’s article, those who burn the midnight oil tend to enjoy more divergent thinking.

The infographic also recommends that at least 12 hours away from work each day for optimal thinking, including time for zzz’s.

Kant pursued his creative work a measly hour a day.

Immanuel Kant’s routine had a small window of creative work time from 6-7 a.m. only. The rest of the day he got a solid seven hours of sleep each night, did four hours of administrative/day job work, exercised and gave himself about 12 hours of time for eating and leisure activities.

Meanwhile, Voltaire busted ass on his creative work about 16 hours each day.Can’t argue with either of their results.

Dickens blocked out two hours each day for exercise.

Whoever made the anti-jock artists stereotype was sadly mistaken. Charles Dickens got physical for two hours a day as soon as his creative work was completed, and there’s plenty of research to back him up with proof that time in the gym is good for your brain too.

Then again, plenty of others (including Benjamin Franklin) didn’t bother with physical activity in their daily routine at all.

Check out the infographic and full article here.How to Build a Routine for Creativity, According to the Greats

This infographic was especially interesting to me right now, as I find the best routine to maximize my creativity and productivity in my new work-at-home freelancing life.

And I found the key takeaway to be very comforting: It doesn’t matter what your routine is, as long as you have one that optimizes your creative power.

What’s your routine?


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