I just discovered that I have forgotten to write a blog. Literally, I forgot it. But the main reason is my studies. I am writing a Master's Thesis and have to finish within a month. As the times have been so hectic due to all this Corona mess, it is time to get myself together and finish the Thesis. Now, when I have also done the study part and analysis, it is really interesting for further action. I will definitely share the results but till then…. I try to treat you with few posts :)
Last year, I discovered that the word HABITS and the importance of daily routine has become a very hot topic. There were more and more fans of Robin Sharma’s five am club, which means that according to his teachings, you wake up at five and go through certain rituals for a successful day. I don’t know about it so much, but I do know that there is no scientific evidence behind it. I also did a test on myself for four weeks and tried to wake up at 5.30, but it wasn’t for me. I’ll write about it another time :) I also happened to listen to Marie Forleo’s podcast, where she discussed it with one guest- how people have their own internal clock and waking up early may not be for everyone. And this guest shared a recommendation for two very exciting books, which I immediately ordered and read. I want to share one of these books today.
Mason Currey’s “Daily Rituals. How Artists Work.”
The book is about the everyday habits of famous creative people. The author has researched the daily rituals of over 150 famous people. The book is very enjoyable and interesting to read. Such a good nightbook that you read a few stories every night. This book is a good example that not all successful people are waking up early in the morning. It was quite common that they worked very hard for only 4–5 hours and in the afternoon were for social interaction and family. While reading the book, I wanted to create a bar chart to show when someone went to sleep, when woke up, how long they worked, etc … to create such a general picture of the habits, rituals, and lifestyles of famous creators. But as it turned out, I don’t have to do it myself, because someone has already done it. Of course, half of the names given in the book are not here, so maybe I can complete it one day.
For example, Balzac went to bed at 18 to wake up at 1 for writing, then sleep for 8 to 9, and to continue writing. At the same time, Strauss went to bed at 22, woke up at 07, and did creative work only at 10–13 and 15–16. Or, for example, Picasso’s painting time was 15–23 and 24–02.
And it’s especially nice to see Kant’s schedule (who actually also had a daily job), where social life and eating play an important role.
Anyway, the book is worth reading if you are interested in the topic of habits. For the nice ending, I add a great statement by William James (1842–1910), who loved procrastination:
“I know a person who will poke at the fire, set chairs straight, pick dust specks from the floor, arrange his table, snatch up a newspaper, take down any book which catches his eye, trim his nails, waste the morning anyhow, in short, and all without premeditation — simply because that only thing he ought to attend to is the preparation of a noonday lesson in formal logic which he detests.”