Daily Rituals of Brilliant Creators
Last week I read Mason Curry’s new book Daily Rituals. Short review: it was fascinating.
I think there can be such a thing as too much interest in the routines of others, especially if it means jumping from system to system instead of focusing on doing the work. However, there can also be a lot to learn by observing how ritual and routine forge channels for effective work, especially in the lives of especially productive artists and entrepreneurs.
I was thrilled to stumble across this brilliant infographic containing visual representations of some of the routines featured in Daily Rituals. I found it helpful in quickly comparing and contrasting artists’ routines, like who worked during the day, and who was more productive at night. It’s also interesting to see the rhythms and patterns of social interactions throughout the course of the day.
That said, most of the routines in Curry’s book were drawn from personal correspondence, and may have only been reflective of a specific period in the life of the contributor. Still, it’s great to see that my early morning routine is reflective of other artists I admire. However, I was a little surprised by how many artists chose to work through the night and sleep throughout the day.
See the full infographic, and full description of the project here.
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