Daily Rituals

Once upon a time a writer who was procrastinating pondered what other writers did to be so productive. His research lead to a blog which lead to the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. It’s a book made up of three paragraph ish segments on how 161 people who greatly contributed to society structured their days. These “artists” are from the fields of literature, music, science, psychology, and what category would describe Jonathan Edwards.

There were interesting themes:

~Most of these people were on very good terms with coffee

~The writers/ composers considered 4 hours of focused work sufficient for the day

~Some people made themselves work, others, the work made them live… and that was all they wanted to do

~Regardless, each knew exactly what their work was… and did only that when working

~Most of these people enjoyed simple pleasures and lived modestly

~Most had VERY small circles of friends and preferred a dinner in with those to a night on the town

Of course reading condensed day bios of mega “successful” people is inspiring… but I found it challenging as well. What’s the one thing I need to create/do?


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